Manchester United are yet to win a Premier League game against a traditional ‘top-6’ side this season and aim to break that curse & continue their impressive away form against a resurgent Chelsea side. They were unable to do so, playing out a cagey 0-0 draw. Both teams looked too hesitant to open up the game in the first half, producing a really cagey half which created a sense of frustration all around.
The game opened up a bit more in the second half with both teams going close to scoring, but ultimately not being able to get any goals. In 180 minutes played between both the two teams in the PL this season, 0 goals have materialized. Sums up the game. But United probably go away the more frustrated side having been denied a penalty early on because of some BS refereeing again.
Then again, they weren’t hungry enough to win it and just sucked in counter-attacks. Now 12 points behind Man City and that’s done for the title race. At least their unbeaten away run continues.
Manchester United player ratings vs Chelsea
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (4.5)–
Solskjaer went with his best line-up possible but his side looked too content with a draw today on too many occasions. His side just weren’t ruthless enough in the counter-attacks and looked to be out of ideas in the final third too many times. Did nothing to really change things up and only made one sub which didn’t make any impact.
No goals in last 4 games against top-4 sides this season does not reflect well on his tactics – which was very questionable and lethargic today.
David de Gea (7.5) –
De Gea didn’t really have much to do initially, but almost gifted a goal to Giroud around the half-hour mark by passing the ball straight to the Frenchman – whose shot thankfully went into the stands. But makes up with an incredible instinctive save to deny Ziyech in the 48th. Then does well to save Kovacic’s attempt in the 74th. Ultimately won his side a point with his clutch saves.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (6.5) –
Wan-Bissaka’s been a real workhorse, playing every game for United recently and has maintained that dogged nature today. Doing a lot of running up & down the right to neutralize Chelsea’s work. Couldn’t really do much going forward today, but defensively strong once again dealing with Chelsea’s threat down the wing really well.
Harry Maguire (7.0) –
The United captain starred in this ground last season, even scoring a goal! Started this game pretty well, making some crucial challenges and moving the ball forward well in the first half. More of the same in the second half, doing well to clear Chelsea’s crosses and doing well to set his side up strongly in set-pieces.
Victor Lindelof (6.5) –
The Swede looks a bit nervy against Chelsea’s swift-breaks and still seems too cautious with his defending against pace. But redeems all his sloppiness with a terrific interception to deny Chelsea goal in the 83rd. Apart from that he was decent, but that one bit at least helped his side get the clean sheet.
Luke Shaw (7.5) –
With Chelsea quite reliant attacking down the right, Shaw has his hands full today defensively. Makes a potential goal-saving block in the 48th to deny Reece James. Again the best defender on the pitch for United, neutralizing whatever Chelsea threw down his side and also a lively figure going forward. Created some great chances but his teammates just couldn’t capitalize on them.
Scott McTominay (6.5) –
A surprise starter after being a doubt due to injury. Did pretty well to neutralize Chelsea’s movement down the middle, forcing them to move it towards the wings. Almost scored a cheeky goal in the 61st, with his sliced effort going through a sea of bodies but saved well in the 61st. Then makes a great block to deny Mount a goal two minutes later.
Burst forward through on goal in the 89th for a potential winner, but his final pass was horribly wrong – being unable to find any of the three players free inside the box. Despite having a pretty solid performance, that last bit left a bitter taste in the mouths.
Fred (7.0) –
Fred should be much more comfortable today with his partner-in-crime McTominay back. Started the game a bit nervously but grew as time progressed, making some great interceptions in prime areas in the first half to get his side forward. After earning a rotten reputation for his right-footed shots, he almost shocked everyone with a superb right-footed curler that went inches wide of the goal in the 67th.
Took another long-ranger late on which was palmed away. Didn’t look too eager to match Mount’s pace in the defensive transitions, but again a lively figure in the midfield and neutralized Chelsea’s flow on many occasions. Could’ve even had scored if luck was on his side.
Bruno Fernandes (4.0) –
Despite all his heroics, Bruno’s yet to score away against a top PL side this season. Trying a bit too much with his experiment passes and frustrated with his teammates’ sloppiness in the final third in the first half. Couldn’t really do anything definitive in the second and frustrated with Kante marking him all the time. Can’t carry United to victory all the time.
Mason Greenwood (6.0) –
As he starts as a centre-forward today, Greenwood knows this is his biggest choice to prove himself a prime candidate for that No.9 spot. Linking up really well to get United forward. Got his first real swipe at goal in the 60th, but his smacked attempt went wide. Didn’t get enough delivery and didn’t really do anything wrong, but not as impactful as it’s needed in a big game.
Dan James (6.0) –
James gets a start after performing really well in recent league games. All he did in the first half was run himself to exhaustion trying press Chelsea defenders, only to fluff his timing on most occasions. Looked a much livelier figure in the second half, getting into some promising areas and creating a few decent chances but still fizzed out of steam on too many occasions.
Marcus Rashford (5.0) –
Rashford looks hungry to trouble Chelsea on counter-attacks today. Takes a stinging freekick that was saved well in the 14th. Got his second chance in the 63rd, but his attempted curler went straight into the keeper’s hands. After a bright first half, the Englishman just lost his steam in the second half and couldn’t really create anything definitive.
Anthony Martial (N/R) –
Played at a passenger pace after coming on and made no impact whatsoever.
MAN OF THE MATCH
De Gea might’ve saved United from a loss with his save, but Shaw again looked the best for the Red Devils today. Mount was great for Chelsea, but I’ll give this to Shaw.