de Gea struggles but just who was United’s star man in the win over Chelsea?

David de Gea (5)

Uncharacteristically shaky 90 minutes, and some of that came from the disappointment of conceding to Willian after Chelsea launched a blistering counter-attack.

Antonio Valencia (6)

The continuous problem with Valencia is that he always gets into dangerous spaces but when the decisive cross is needed the final ball lacks the sufficient quality. If that continues then Mourinho may look for a new right-back.

Chris Smalling (7)

Again, we continue to wonder about Smalling. How can a player so full of faults in one match be a centre back to keep out one of the Premier League’s best attacks on another? Recovered after missing a mammoth tackle on Morata and then spared Lindelof’s blushes in the first half.

Victor Lindelof (5)

Badly dragged our of position for Chelsea’s goal and all 75,000 packed into Old Trafford could notice the nervy passing that resulted from that.

Ashley Young (6)

Really found it difficult concentrating in his battle with Moses but dealt with the Chelsea wing-back well, keeping out dangerous crosses.

Nemanja Matic (8)

Authoritative display and grew into the match. Struggled with the pace and skill of Willian early on but read Chelsea’s attacks as the match went on. Not a lot of pace but a heck of a lot of power.

Scott McTominay (6)

A much better performance than that in Seville on Wednesday, and today’s rank would’ve been higher if McTominay tracked Willian for the first goal. Had a sign of Carrick in launching the ball to Lukaku for United’s second goal.

Paul Pogba (6)

Favoured role in his favoured position. Beaten by Moses for the goal but shined as the match went on. Power and acceleration left Kante in a different continent.

Anthony Martial (6)

Chelsea always knew that Martial was a major threat throughout the match and allocated their resources on that left hand side. United always looked towards Martial for this channel but in the end it proved too difficult to create a chance.

Romelu Lukaku (9)

Bets performance in a United shirt. His blistering run in the last minute was a metaphor for the whole match. Scored a stunning first. Created an even better second. Denied a brace after an acrobatic overhead kick. He had it all. Now he’s got to continue that.

Alexis Sanchez (5)

Created the chance for Lukaku’s surreal effort which Courtois tipped over the bar. Not one of his best performances and fluffed a great chance early on in the first half.


Jesse Lingard (7)

Like a yapping dog when he came on. Full of energy and somewhat deserved the header and eventual match winner.

Eric Bailly (6)

Shored things up late on as Chelsea chased the equaliser.

Man of the Match

Romelu Lukaku: His best performance in a United shirt wasn’t just greeted from a standing ovation for the Manchester United fans but also his own manager pumping his fists into the air. And that wasn’t because of the goal or assist. The Belgian striker has always been criticised for his effort, first touch and finishing ability but all three were emphatically answered in the match as Chelsea found themselves shrugged off in challenges, bullied on and off the ball and lacking the awareness of where Lukaku would be next.

It was a display that was perhaps worth the figure United brought him for.22 goals for the season now is a substantial return but still only 13 of them have occurred in the league. It’s Crystal Palace away next and a myriad of United fans will hope he can improve that substantially.