Chelsea 3-3 Manchester United: Daily Mirror Player Ratings
Published 21:37 05/02/12 By MirrorFootball
Chelsea Player Ratings
Petr Cech 7
Made top-notch first-half saves from Young and Welbeck and another fine stop from Rooney. An impressive and commanding display from the Blues keeper.
Branislav Ivanovic 7
A brilliant last-ditch tackle denied United a certain goal. The Serbian looks much more solid than his team-mate Bosingwa but was still limited going forward. Booked.
Gary Cahill 6
Was lucky to get away with an early challenge on Danny Welbeck which could have brought the £7million signing’s full Blues debut to an abrupt end.
David Luiz 7
His brilliant header for Chelsea’s third should have put the game beyond United. A much better defensive show from Luiz, who headed, tackled and cleared well.
Jose Bosingwa 5
Proved to be just as bad at left-back as he is at right-back. Why on earth Bertrand didn’t get his chance at Stamford Bridge ahead of the Portuguese is anyone’s guess.
Michael Essien 6
Delivered a solid performance at the heart of Chelsea’s midfield. And although Essien was not at his rampaging best the Blues stalwart was still invaluable.
Raul Merieles 6
Covered a lot of ground but did not really impose himself enough against the title contenders. Needs to be more inventive, certainly against a team like United.
Florent Malouda 4
Very quiet and subdued afternoon from the Frenchman and he was the least effective of Chelsea’s midfield. He has the quality but must do more and work harder.
Daniel Sturridge 6
Was not happy to be substituted, especially as it was his industry that led to Chelsea’s opener. However it was also his challenge that led to the first United penalty.
Juan Mata 8
Scored one and made one as the Blues threatened to run riot. The Spanish playmaker was highly influential and often the most dangerous player on the pitch.
Fernando Torres 6
Sent over a sensational cross for Mata to score the second goal of the game. And his first-half booking for a foul on Evans was a harsh decision.
Oriol Romeu (Sturridge 70) 5
The defensive midfielder came on to tighten things up for the home side but by that point United were in full flow and kept pressing.
Manchester United Player Ratings
David de Gea 7
An unconvincing early punch from the keeper made United’s patched-up defence nervous. But he made two terrific late saves to keep out Essien and Mata.
Was clearly at fault after he went missing badly before Chelsea’s second goal. And the Brazilian also allowed Mata to have the freedom of Stamford Bridge.
Jonny Evans 6
Unwittingly deflected Sturridge’s cross into his own net for the Blues’ opener. But Chelsea needed a helping hand because overall United defended well.
Rio Ferdinand 6
Took a huge amount of stick from the Chelsea fans because of the John Terry racism case involving his brother Anton. But the United veteran fronted up to the pathetic behaviour.
Patrice Evra 7
Won a penalty to give the visitors hope. And rather like United, he is not the overwhelming force he once was. But their captain never, ever gives up. Booked.
Michael Carrick 7
A solid if unspectacular afternoon in wintry West London for Carrick. Composed in possession without creating too much. Steady without too many killer balls.
Ryan Giggs 7
Impressive display in the first half when the Welshman was in central midfield and in the heart of the action. Less of a force when out wide following the break.
Antonio Valencia 7
Lively in the first half when United were often bossing the proceedings. But Valencia was quieter when switched to right-back after the restart. Still as decent as ever.
Ashley Young 6
A welcome return to the starting line-up for Young – and his pace caused Chelsea all sorts of problems. Forced Cech into making a top class save.
Wayne Rooney 9
Two brilliant penalties from Rooney. His work-rate, commitment and incredible spirit despite going three down just edged him as man of the match from Mata.
Danny Welbeck 7
Won United’s second penalty, which his boss Ferguson would no doubt call clever, even if it infuriated Ivanovic. His pace and movement was always a threat.
Javier Hernandez (Young 53) Proved his worth with late leveller. 7
Paul Scholes (Rafael 64) Busy and often looked dangerous. 7
Ji-Sung Park (Welbeck 84) 5