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Player Ratings: Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United: Januzaj stands out yet again

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 5 – Manchester United’s number one could do little about Chelsea’s opener and made one fabulous save to deny Gary Cahill. However, De Gea may be disappointed when he watches Eto’o’s second goal.

Rafael 5 – Started brightly down the right flank but faded as the game went on. Rarely looked comfortable at left-back in the second half. Booked but amazingly escaped a red card for a late two-footed lunge on Cahill.

Nemanja Vidic 4 – A torrid afternoon for the skipper. His part in Chelsea’s second goal was particularly questionable. Harshly saw red late on but it showed a disappointing lack of discipline from an experienced player.

Jonny Evans 5 – Rarely looked out-classed to the extent of his central defensive partner but was far from his usual assured self.

Patrice Evra 5 – Got forward reasonably well and came close with a long-range drive but often struggled against Willian defensively, before he limped off injured early in the second half.

Antonio Valencia 5 – Started brightly, dove-tailing effectively with Rafael, but his influence waned as the game wore on. Valencia’s end product was disappointing and he gave away too many silly fouls.

Phil Jones 4 – Struggled to get to grips with the midfield battle and was beaten too easily by Eto’o for the Cameroonian’s first. His use of the ball was poor, although he did have a big say in Hernandez’s late equaliser. Looked off the pace throughout.

Michael Carrick 6 – Didn’t grab the game by the scruff of the neck but his use of possession was impressive. Carrick’s reading of play was good and the score would have been a lot less respectable without him.

Ashley Young 5 – Came close early on with the Reds starting like a house on fire. Although Young drifted in and out of the game, he may have felt hard done by to be substituted for Hernandez.

Adnan Januzaj 7 – United’s brightest creative player once more, despite being woefully starved of service. Januzaj carved out several good opportunities and looked capable of unlocking the Chelsea rearguard.

Danny Welbeck 6 – Ran the channels well and provided good energy but was isolated up top. Should have scored in the first half when he shot tamely at Cech from six yards out.

Substitutes

Chris Smalling 5 – Replaced Evra after 50 minutes and didn’t have a great deal to do with Chelsea seemingly happy to sit on a three goal advantage.

Javier Hernandez 7 – Looked extremely sharp and changed the game when introduced. The Mexican’s link-up play was sharp and he did what he always seems to do against Chelsea when he prodded home.

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