Player Ratings: Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0 – Kanté the hero as...

Player Ratings: Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0 – Kanté the hero as Conte bests Mourinho

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It was a goal from talisman N’Golo Kanté that separated Chelsea and Manchester United, but much of the attention will fall to referee Michael Oliver and his decision to award a second yellow card to Ander Herrera in the first half.

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois – 6.5: Faced just one big test and rose to the occasion to deny Marcus Rashford.

César Azpilicueta – 5.5: Not the most impressive performance from the Spaniard, guilty of relieving the pressure by giving the ball back to United on a few occasions.

Gary Cahill – 6: Struggled early under the pressure of Rashford and did not look solid defensively when tested.

David Luiz – 6.5: Started things well from the back, looking forwards at every opportunity.

Victor Moses – 7: A regular outlet and threat for Conte’s team.

N’Golo Kanté – 8.5: Fantastic performance from the Frenchman. Defensively sound and creatively sharp.

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Marcos Alonso – 6.5: Gave a good option on the left and did well to stretch the United defence.

Nemanja Matić –7: Got through a lot of work in the centre of the park and was a constant disruptor to the Red Devils’ midfield.

Willian – 7: Not as prolific as Eden Hazard but looked dangerous throughout.

Diego Costa – 6: Frustrating day for Costa who rarely got a sight of goal. Constant physical contest with Marcos Rojo that the Argentine got largely the better of.

Eden Hazard – 7.5: At his creative and exciting best. We are sure to be seeing replays of that first half turn for weeks to come.

Substitutes

Cesc Fàbregas – 6: Not really given much responsibility entering the game in the latter stages but got into the right positions for the Blues.

Kurt Zouma – N/A: Brought into the game late to sure up the defence.

Michy Batshuayi – N/A: Replaced Costa in stoppage time.

 

Manchester United

David de Gea – 7: Made some fantastic saves in the first half, keeping scores level.

Phil Jones – 7: Made several key defensive interventions. Largely responsible for the accumulation of fouls on Hazard that saw Herrera sent off.

Chris Smalling – 7: Kept the Red Devils’ defence tight after going a man down, marshalling the line as they dropped deep.

Marcos Rojo – 7: Bullish and brutish bringing the necessary physicality to manage Costa for the contest.

Matteo Darmian – 6: Overzealous early but reeled in his enthusiasm to tighten up the visitors’ defence.

Ander Herrera – 3: Was unlucky to be the man to receive two yellows for fouling a rampant Hazard. At the same time, it was his recklessness committing an unnecessary professional foul on a yellow that put his team at a disadvantage.

Antonio Valencia – 6.5: Was one of few who managed to make Chelsea work for every bit of possession by maintaining pressure after Hererra’s dismissal.

Paul Pogba – 6: Was not overly influential before the red but was completely absent afterwards. Thoroughly bested by his compatriot in Kanté.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 6.5: Did not see an abundance of the ball in the attacking third in the period of the play until he was sacrificed to bring on Marouane Fellaini after the red.

Marcus Rashford – 6.5: Did fantastic work early to pressure the Chelsea defence but was starved of time on the ball.

Ashley Young – 5.5: Largely consigned to defensive duties and was unable to produce going forward.

Substitutes

Marouane Fellaini – 6: Did not add much besides a big body in midfield. No great opportunity to have great impact with the man disadvantage.

Jesse Lingard – 6: Did not get much chance to have any influence in an attacking sense and spent most of his time helping out the defence.

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