Manchester United looked for their first win at Old Trafford this season coming off back-to-back impressive away wins as they were facing a rattled Chelsea side at home. While their losing streak at home ended, United ended up with a frustrating 0-0 draw which did not help their chances of getting back into the first half of the table.
The Red Devils began the game in confident fashion, creating a few decent opportunities in the first half but being denied by Chelsea sturdy goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. While the first half was pretty rusty, the second half was similarly cagey with both sides not being willing to take many risks. United had a few pretty good shots at goal, but were unable to get past the rock-solid Chelsea backline and had to settle for just a point at their own yard, keeping them from climbing back into the Premier League top-half.
Manchester United Player Ratings
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (6.0) –
Solskjaer started with basically the same team as PSG, just with one defender less. While his side were defensively pretty solid, they lacked that special something going forward. Maybe Ole could’ve done better with starting Pogba, who could’ve made more of an impact if he started the game. His subs weren’t as impactful as he’d wanted either and Ole would probably take some learning lessons from this abrupt draw.
David de Gea (6.5) –
The Spaniard was pretty much untested through the entire game, with Chelsea barely getting a few shots on goal. Irrespective, De Gea made some comfortable saves to deny the visitors to clinch his first clean-sheet of the season!
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.5)-
After his triumphant performance away at PSG, Wan-Bissaka continued his impressive defensive form. Spider-Wan didn’t allow the menacing Pulisic an inch inside the area, making a number of brilliant tackles (including an impressive one early in the first half) to assert his dominance on the right. Still a bit unconvincing going forward.
Harry Maguire (7.0) –
Captain Maguire was back in the team after missing the UCL clash, but did not show any signs of weariness. Maguire was very solid at the back, making assertive challenges to dispossess the Chelsea attackers. He made 6 clearances, won 5 aerial duels and made 8 ball recoveries in what was a pretty solid showing.
Took a bit of a risk making a messy challenge on Azpilicueta in the first-half, but other than that – that was a secure performance in a pretty normal game for Maguire.
Victor Lindelof (7.0) –
The Iceman was given the responsibility of keeping an eye on Werner and did so pretty well. Not only was his distribution and ability to take the ball forward impressive, but Lindelof made a number of key challenges to put a stop to Chelsea’s attack. He maintains his decent run of form but needs to maintain consistency to keep his place in the team.
Luke Shaw (6.0) –
Another decent performance from Shaw, who was solid defensively but unconvincing going forward. Shaw kept a stronghold to keep a hood of Chelsea’s attack down his side, making key tackles to stop moves. But he remained a bit disappointing going forward, being unable to create anything profitable in a rather drab encounter.
Fred (7.0) –
The feisty Brazilian begun the games in extremely energetic fashion despite playing the entire 90 minutes against PSG. While his distribution was pretty good, Fred once again lacked that creative edge which was needed to make a difference in the game. However, he put a stop to many fast-breaks for United, making key interceptions, 10 (!) recoveries and ensuring that United were able to venture on many counter-attacks.
Scott McTominay (6.5) –
McTominay is making it difficult for Solskjaer to drop him, at this point. He put in another hard-working performance against Chelsea, being in the right place at the right time to make many brilliant challenges. Scott didn’t allow his defence to be exposed at all, making key challenges to stop Chelsea before they could cause real havoc. Another sturdy performance from the Scotsman, who again lacked creativity.
Bruno Fernandes (6.5) –
The Portuguese magnifico was looking to continue his brilliant goal-scoring streak. But he was boxed out by a pretty defensive Chelsea side, with both Jorginho and N’Golo Kante keeping a close eye on him. Despite his pressure, Fernandes still created a number of decent chances, including the late one from Rashford which forced a strong save. Had one stinging shot saved by Mendy in the first-half? Pretty decent showing but lacking his clinical instinct.
Juan Mata (6.5) –
A surprise start from the former Chelsea man, but he lived up to his reputation. Despite his lack of speed, Mata made up with his creativity. He created a number of decent chances, including sending Rashford through 1v1 with the keeper late into the first half. Looked to be bubbling with creativity before being subbed.
Dan James (5.0) –
James was again given a big chance to earn his role in the team with a start. But he was still too one-dimensional in the game, being unable to create anything nor being unable to penetrate the Chelsea backline. Subbed just before the hour-mark after a disappointing showing.
Marcus Rashford (6.5) –
Rashford was again left as a lone #9, but did not go down without a fight. Despite being barraged by defenders, Rashy was still able to create some decent chances for himself. Saw some solid shot on goal saved on both ends of each half by Mendy, with the second one being an especially brilliant save off his solid curler. Unlucky not to get anything after a pretty good game.
Paul Pogba (6.0) –
The Frenchman was brought on late as a tactical substitute to help United get the win. But despite his enthusiasm, Pogba was unable to get his groove on. Unable to create anything definitive and scuffed a decent chance well wide late on. Still not at his best.
Edinson Cavani (5.5) –
The new United #7 made his debut. The Uruguayan almost got a goal off his first chance, which whiskered bit wide of the net. After that, he was unable to get anything good save on target and looked a bit unfit.
Mason Greenwood (N/A) –
Greenwood came on after being out for a while and was only able to create one late chance for Cavani’s attempt, which was blocked off by Thiago Silva.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Wan-Bissaka was able to keep the brilliant Pulisic on lockdown each game and made brilliant tackles in key situations to stop Chelsea from scoring. In such a drab game, a solid defensive performance like him deserves the MOTM.