Man United 1 Chelsea 1: Player ratings as Robin van Persie rescues a point

Player ratings as Robin van Persie's last-minute equaliser earns a point for Manchester United

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
Man United

Manchester United

David de Gea Dived low to deny Drogba after Rojo’s mistake handed Chelsea the incentive. Even better stop to push Hazard’s second-half effort out for a corner, but only for Drogba to score moments later. 8/10

Rafael da Silva Couldn’t keep a handle on Drogba as the veteran scored a headed opener. A mismatch. 5

Chris Smalling Drafted in to replace injured Phil Jones, Smalling looked relatively comfortable. Rarely put a foot wrong. 6

Marcos Rojo Recklessly conceded possession to leave Willian with Smalling to beat. Luckily, his centre-half partner came to the rescue. Poor header nearly allowed Drogba to break the deadlock. 5

Luke Shaw Decent performance. The left-back offered a threat going forward as he supported Januzaj or, on occasions, Di Maria as United searched for an equaliser. 6

Daley Blind A little untidy in possession, giving away the ball to put his team-mates under pressure. 5

Adnan Januzaj Played a disguised through ball to catch the Chelsea defence square for the first time. Earned a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the area. 6

Marouane Fellaini Helped to disrupt the Chelsea midfield with useful blocks or a professional foul. He sliced an early second-half chance wide of Courtois’s goal. Added little going forward, though. His late header left the Chelsea goalkeeper grounded as Van Persie struck a late, late leveller. 6

Juan Mata Can’t fault the Spaniard for effort. Always moving, looking for a pass. But struggled to leave a mark on his former side. Replaced with 24 minutes remaining. 5

Angel di María Set the tone with a brace of ambitious efforts in the opening 10 minutes. Was the home side’s most-dangerous player. His set-piece delivery was disappointing, though.6

Robin van Persie Drew a save from Courtois after racing on to a through ball. The big Belgian prevented the Dutch striker from scoring his second goal of the season twice more on a frustrating afternoon for the 31-year-old. Finally, he got his reward in the 93rd minute. 8


James Wilson Glanced a looping header hopefully towards Courtois’s goal. 5


Thibaut Courtois Stood tall to block Van Persie’s 22nd-minute strike. Produced two further stops to deny the United striker. Another strong performance but couldn’t do anything to prevent Van Persie netting a late equaliser after initially denying Fellaini. 7

Branislav Ivanovic Was demanding a penalty after Smalling kept a close hold of his shirt in the penalty area. The defender mistimed a challenge on Januzaj, flirting with danger. Should have added a second but flashed his effort across goal. Sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage-time. 5

Gary Cahill Solid performance. The England international didn’t put a foot wrong. 7

John Terry Raised his arm hopefully when Van Persie broke through and had Courtois to thank for his save. Continue to defies his ageing legs. 7

Filipe Luis Replacing the suspended Cesar Azpilicueta, Luis effortlessly slotted into the side. 7

Cesc Fàbregas The former Arsenal striker made a quiet start to the game. Did provide the corner for Drogba’s goal. 7

Nemanja Matic (man of the match) Unsurprisingly didn’t come out worse of a bone-crunching 50/50 with Di Maria. It laid down a marker for the visitors. His uncompromising challenges were a feature of the game. 8

Willian Collected Rojo’s misplaced pass but couldn’t beat Smalling for pace. Willian was a livewire and tireless runner throughout the 1-0 win. 7

Oscar Was the most disappointing of Chelsea’s attacking midfield trio. Booked for a clumsy second-half tackle before being substituted. 5

Eden Hazard Superb individual moment to play a one-two with Drogba to take five United players out of the game, only to be denied by De Gea. 7

Didier Drogba First notable impact was to illegally catch breaking Mata to earn a yellow card. Reminded Mourinho that he still has something to offer with a powerful header. 8


John Obi Mikel Provided more steel in midfield. 6

Andre Schurrle N/A

Kurt Zouma N/A

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