Chelsea 1 Man United 0: Player ratings as Eden Hazard nets winner

Player ratings after Eden Hazard scored his 13th league goal to seal Chelsea's 1-0 win against Manchester United

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois The Belgian behemoth was rarely tested for 90 minutes. 6/10

Branislav Ivanovic The normally solid Serbian defender struggled to cope with Shaw’s youthful exuberance and directness. His attempts to curb this enthusiasm brought him another yellow card to his growing collection. 6

Gary Cahill While the opposition lack a commanding centre-back presence, one of Chelsea’s three on the pitch gave a strong performance. Minimalist, but his block from Falcao proved important. 7

John Terry The wisest of heads in the Blues’ backline showed why despite his advanced years, he is still so highly regarded and is arguably the best British central defender of the past decade. 7

Cesar Azpilicueta Still looks uncomfortable on his left foot, but is keeping Filipe Luis out of the side. Watertight. 7

Kurt Zouma The young Frenchman resumed his tailor-made screening role in midfield, combining the imposing, statuesque figure of Michael Essien with the discipline and ball retention prowess of Claude Makelele. 7

Nemanja Matic Refused to give Fellaini an inch for the duration of the game and is more than just a bodyguard as shown with a number of quality touches. 7

Oscar A deft Brazilian back heel set up Hazard for the winner and questions over his Stamford Bridge future look rather misplaced. However, he must remove petulant fouls from his game. 7

Cesc Fabregas The masked midfielder played the original pass to Oscar for Chelsea’s goal and must enjoy having the freedom of the midfield that his protectors-in-chief – Matic and Zouma – allow him to be able to inflict maximum damage on his opponents. 7

Eden Hazard (Man of the match) His 13th goal of the season will undoubtedly be one of the most important he will score this season. His guile and temperament are unparalleled among his Premier League peers. 8

Didier Drogba The legs have gone from the iconic Ivorian as he was caught by Smalling when clean through on goal. In spite of this, he led the line perfectly in Jose Mourinho’s stifling system. 6

Substitutes

Ramires The Brazilian provided extra cover to nullify the threat from the visitors’ left-hand side. 6

John Obi Mikel Replaced Fabregas in stoppage time, or Mikel time, so no time to make an impact. N/A

Willian Replaced Hazard in stoppage time, so no time to make an impact. N/A

Manchester United

David De Gea The PFA award double-nominee is a lucky boy that Mike Dean did not see his slight arm movement towards the ball which would have resulted in a straight red card for deliberate handball outside the box. The Spaniard had little else to do otherwise. 6

Antonio Valencia The full-back convert made few errors and is becoming more assured as the club’s first choice right-back but lacks the defensive sense of the legendary Gary Neville. 6

Chris Smalling Applied just enough pressure on Drogba to prevent a second goal for being scored but is not commanding enough when featuring as the senior centre-back in the pairing. 7

Paddy McNair The young Northern Irishman did little wrong over the course of the game but once Manchester United sign a centre-back in the close season, his playing time will be limited. 6

Luke Shaw The world’s most expensive teenage footballer probed continually down the left flank and posed Ivanovic particularly a number of questions. His return to fitness has come at a key time for Louis van Gaal. 7

Juan Mata The two-time Chelsea Player of the Year had a quiet game given his recent stellar showing. Rightfully received an ovation from the Stamford Bridge faithful upon his substitution. 5

Wayne Rooney The forward-cum-reluctant-centre-midfielder almost gave the visitors an early lead, which highlights why his talent is needed further up the field. The captain carried the visitors greatest threat. 7

Ander Herrera Nearly gifted Chelsea a second goal with a loose pass but there is no place in football for unabashed cheating and deservedly picked up a yellow card on top of a transparent performance. 4

Ashley Young The winger failed to make an impact and a ballooned corner typified his game in west London. 5

Marouane Fellaini Combative display but was not able to bully the brutish figures of Matic and Zouma as he has done to other centre midfielders. 6

Radamel Falcao A far cry from the player who single-handedly dismantled Chelsea in the 2012 edition of the Uefa Super Cup but his second-half performance showed there is life in the Colombian yet. 6

Substitutes

Angel di Maria Britain’s most expensive import is doing little to justify his price tag but in his defence, only had the last 20 minutes in a tight, unexpansive game. 5

Adnan Januzaj The current personification of wasted talent. A passenger for 20 minutes. 4

Tyler Blackett Replaced Shaw in 80th minute and little defending to do as Manchester United pushed for an equaliser. 5

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