Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Player Ratings

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Player Ratings

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EDEN HAZARD
Eden Hazard won the Player of the Year Award last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Courtois 7– Had surprisingly few saves to make, even though Man Utd had the ball for long periods of the game. He was convincing and solid when he needed to be.

Azpilicueta 7 – Did very well to limit the threat from his side, especially in the second half.

Terry 7.5- A brilliant captain’s performance, kept the rest of the team calm when it was under pressure and made a few crucial blocks.

Cahill 7– A much improved performance, made one critical block from Facao when a goal appeared certain.

Ivanovic 6.5– Was beaten a couple of time by Shaw in the second half.

Zouma 8- Very good, worked extremely hard from the first minute to the last and gave nothing away as the game went on. Only beaten to Man of the Match by Hazard.

Matic 7- Started slowly but improved as the game went on.

Fabregas 7– Struggled to find space in the first half but showed considerable creativity when he got the chance. Took part in the goal by passing to Oscar.

Oscar 7– Struggled the same as the rest early on but got better. Set up the goal with a brilliant back heel.

Hazard 8.5- MOTM – By far the most dangerous player on the pitch and scored a superb goal. He must surely win both national player of the year awards. Man of the Match, again.

Drogba 7- Worked hard but is looking his age.

Substitutes:

Ramires 7– Made the defence and midfield tighter when he came on midway through the second half for Oscar.

Mikel N/A- Brought on in stoppage time.

Willian N/A- Same as Mikel, barely touched the ball.

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 8- There was much speculation that he would set up far too conservatively with Chelsea so close to winning the league. He may well have done that as Man Utd dominated the ball to begin with, but in the end, as he mostly is, he ended up being right all along. The team was well prepared to not have the ball and took the initiative when they needed to.