Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea, Lukaku with a sublime performance

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Manchester United maintained their second position in the Premier League standings after they picked up a 2-1 comeback win over Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday. The Red Devils were pegged back by a Willian opener in the first-half, but they managed to turn things around with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard – the latter bagging the winner 15 minutes from time.

Player Ratings:

David de Gea: The Spaniard did not have one of his bright days between the sticks, De Gea should have done better with the Willian effort in the first-half, and he continued to have a couple of jittery moments in the second period – 6/10

Antonio Valencia: The skipper lacked the consistency with his passing throughout the game, but he managed to provide sufficient cover on the right side of the defence, whilst curbing Eden Hazard’s movement to an extent – 6/10

Victor Lindelof: Was at fault for Willian’s goal as he managed to leave space for the Brazilian to exploit. Did a similar mistake with Pedro during the second period, but Chris Smalling come to his rescue – 5.5/10

Chris Smalling: The Englishman made a couple of influential blocks during the game, including one on Pedro after Lindelof’s mistake. Nevertheless, should have read the run of Willian for the opening goal – 6.5/10

Ashley Young: Far from his best performance in the United shirt. Young left space on the right side of the attack for Willian to exploit, and his display exemplified the one with Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the month – 5.5/10

Nemanja Matic: Lost his concerntration on a couple of occasions during the match, but he was nevertheless good with his interceptions and retaining possession at the heart of the midfield – 6.5/10

Paul Pogba: The Frenchman was a lot more comfortable on the ball than in previous games, and showed his confidence with his typical runs when United were on the attack. His only fault came during the Blues’ goal where he was out-muscled by Willian in the lead-up – 6.5/10

Scott McTominay: The young midfielder was tasked with restricting the movement of Eden Hazard and Willian during different stages of the game, but allowed the latter to drift past him for the opener. He remains a top prospect for the future – 6.5/10

Alexis Sanchez: The Chilean was playing in a deeper role for most of the first-half, but managed to link-up for Lukaku’s equaliser. Was more involved in the latter stages of the game before he was replaced by Eric Bailly – 5.5/10

Anthony Martial: Another disappointing performance from the Frenchman, although he came off with a crucial assist. Struggled to find a cutting edge to their play despite playing on the left-wing – 5/10

Romelu Lukaku: One of his best performances to date. Lukaku posed a physical challenge for the Blues defence, and his hold-up play was also impressive as he contributed a goal and assist – 9/10

Substitutes:

Jesse Lingard: Came with an intensity which was exemplified by a crunching tackle. The Englishman popped up with the winner 15 minutes from time after a delightful cross from Lukaku – 7.5/10

Eric Bailly: Brought on for the final 10 minutes of the game, the Ivorian provided the added security in the United defence as they handled a late barrage of pressure from the Blues – 6/10




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