English Premiership

Player ratings: United v Chelsea

2014-10-27 15:43
Robin Van Persie (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Following a thrilling 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, <strong>Wade Pretorius</strong> rates the players performances.

Robin van Persie scored a dramatic stoppage time equaliser to earn Manchester United a deserved 1-1 draw at home to Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday.

Player ratings: Manchester United

David De Gea - 7 

Remember when he was flapping at crosses and there were calls for his head? Those days are long gone! Brilliantly denied Hazard in the second half.

Luke Shaw - 6

Much better performance from Shaw but still has some way to go until he can prove himself worthy of that price tag.

Rafael - 4.5

Not his best afternoon. He struggled to make strong challenges after he picked up an early yellow card.

Chris Smalling - 6.5

Good game from Smalling considering his lack of first team action. United need him fit if they want to chase a top 4 spot.

Marcos Rojo - 5

Talented as the Argentine is, he makes far too many mistakes. Almost gifted Chelsea a goal in the first half when Willian dispossessed him.

Daley Blind - 6

Did his job (breaking down the attack and protecting his defenders) well but failed to make anything happen for his side in attack.

Marouane Fellaini - 7.5

One of his better performances in red as the tall Belgian worked his socks off for the cause. I wonder if he took Fabregas out of his pocket at full time?

Angel Di Maria - 6

Not his best game. Di Maria was well looked after by Matic and Co. but also tried to force his magic at times. 

Adnan Janujaz - 6

The youngster struggled for much of the game to get his crosses in but still a major improvement from the West Brom game.

Juan Mata - 3


Robin Van Persie - 6.5

Good game from RVP but still some way off his very best. Denied twice by Courtois, the Dutchmen could've been celebrating the winner in injury time and not just one point.

James Wilson - 6

Showed a glimpse of why he is so highly rated at Old Trafford.

Player ratings: Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois - 8

Made a couple of key saves during the game including saving a strong header from Marouane Fellaini before Van Persie lashed home the equaliser.

Branislav Ivanovic - 5

Did well before his game left him in the second half. Hardly got forward all afternoon. 

Felipe Luis - 5

Did half of his job excellently (defending) but failed to assist Chelsea's attack with any meaningful contributions.

Gary Cahill - 6.5

Another tough and uncompromising performance from Cahill at the heart of Chelsea's defence.

John Terry - 6.5

Gives Mourinho little to worry about week in and week out. Does his job and does it well.

Nemanja Matic - 7.5

Starting to the play the Makelele role better than Claude Makelele himself. Despite committing over 1000 fouls, he was only yellow carded late in the game.

Cesc Fabregas - 5

Controlled by the United midfield, this was not Fabregas' day. The rest of the league will be relieved to find out he is human after all.

Oscar - 6

Mourinho is turning Oscar into an all-round midfield player. Oscar does tons of defensive work for his side which affects how much time he has on the ball in the final third.

Willian - 6

Missed a golden chance to score when he robbed Rojo but otherwise a controlled display by Willian, who is asked to put in a substantial amount of defensive work.  

Eden Hazard - 7.5

I could watch him play all day. Denied only be a brilliant De Gea save but his build up play to that chance was delightful. Chelsea's main threat on the day.

Didier Drogba - 7.5

His performance showed his age. He had the experience to peel off his man to head home the first goal but otherwise was a yard off the pace.

John Obi Mikel - 6 

Part of the bus that Jose brought on to secure the win. Almost worked.


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