Player Ratings The Game Of The Season : Chelsea vs Manchester United

Super Sunday? You bet as Chelsea and United produced the game of the season with the Red Devils coming out on top in this five goal thriller.A massive three points for Fergie’s men it was a frustrating day for his opposite number as Di Matteo’s team slumped to their second defeat in a week. So lets take an individual look at the players who contributed to this terrific match.


Petr Cech: Blameless for all three United goals the tall Czech will no doubt be happy to see the back of a week in which the ball has went past him on seven occasions. 5

Ashley Cole: Below par performance from arguably the world’s best left back. Cole was unable to display his usual lung bursting runs as he had to cope with United’s lethal attack. 6

David Luiz: Unlucky with the OG the Brazilian almost pulled one back with a first half free-kick. However not having John Terry alongside him told as he struggled to deal with Van Persie. 6

Gary Cahill: Unfortunate slip allowed Van Persie to notch United’s second, the Blues centre half was frustrated to be deny a goal when he got on the end of a Mata corner. 6

Branislav Ivanovic: Rightly saw red for his clip on Ashley Young, the Serb will regret his foul as it halted the Chelsea fightback. 4

John Obi-Mikel: Poor performance by the Nigerian powerhouse who failed to effectively deal with his opposite midfielders and provide any real support to his attackers. 5

Ramires: After a lack lustre first half performance the Brazilian anchor man was more solid in the second half, capped off by a powerful bullet header that drew the hosts level. 6

Juan Mata: Superb free-kick strike pulled the hosts straight back into the match after their shaky start, the Blues forward though did not have one of his better days. 6

Eden Hazard: The little Belgian magician appeared to have mislaid his box of tricks until the second half when he was a constant menace to the United back-line. 7

Oscar: Disappointing day for the attacking midfielder as he failed to make his mark on the game before being sacrificed by Di Matteo following Ivanovic;s dismissal. 5

Fernando Torres: Spaniard was tireless in his workrate as he lead the Blues attack before his controversial ordering off for diving. 6

Cesar Azpilicueta: Introduced following the sending off of Ivanovic, the man with the unpronounceable surname found it difficult to get into the match. 3

Ryan Bertrand: Substitute Bertrand came on to beef up a Chelsea backline who were anything but solid. 3

Daniel Sturridge: Brought on as the Blues sought an equiliser but the England man never really posed a threat. 3

Manchester United

David De Gea: Displayed brilliant improvisation to deny Luiz with a cute right footed clearance quickly followed by another top class stop from a Torres header. Used his legs again later to stop a Hazard shot sneaking in. 8

Patrice Evra: Not his greatest game but the experienced left back was a steady Eddie for the Reds. 6

Johnny Evans: Almost left red faced when the ball took a deflection off him and hit De Gea’s left had post the Ulsterman could also consider himself fortunate he remained on the park for the full ninety minutes after the referee Mark Clattenburg cleared him of tripping Torres. 6

Rio Ferdinand: Overcame the inevitable, and churlish, booing from the Chelsea fans to turn on a solid display which silenced his detractors. 7

Rafael: Little Brazilian worked his socks off but still appears a much better player going forward rather than back. 7

Ashley Young: Quiet showing from the winger though it was from his run and subsequent foul which forced the referee to reduce the Blues to ten men. 6

Tom Cleverley: Not afraid to get in where it hurts the England international worked hard before his 64th minute substitution. 6

Michael Carrick: Decent display from the Geordie who may not have grabbed the spotlight but whose contribution was integral to the win. 7

Antonio Valencia: Faded after a blistering start the Ecuadorian nonetheless can be pleased with his efforts. 6

Wayne Rooney: Looked like he was going to play a major impact as the visitors raced into an early lead only to fade away before being hooked as Sir Alex Ferguson saw the signs his temper could get the better of him after he was cautioned. 6

Robin Van Persie: £24 million pound man Van Persie notched his ninth goal of the season to put United two up to continue his excellent start to his United career. 9

Javier Hernandez: The new Solskjear? Supersub Chicharito was the United hero by scoring the winner for the second time this week. 7

Ryan Giggs: Came on as United smelled blood the veteran Welshman took up a central midfield role and was a calming influence as the Red Devils secured the three points. 6

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