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Man Utd 4-0 Chelsea: Full player ratings – start getting excited about Solskjaer’s two new 8/10s

By Harry Edwards

Published: 18:27, 11 August 2019

Manchester United beat Chelsea 4-0 to hand Frank Lampard a defeat in his first competitive game as Blues manager.

Marcus Rashford gave United the lead from the penalty spot midway through the first half before Anthony Martial doubled it after half-time.

Rashford got his second moments later before Daniel James added a debut goal to cap off a heavy defeat for Lampard.

Here’s how the players rated.

Manchester United

David de Gea – 6 – Had a relatively quiet game but did his job when required with standard saves, deserving of his clean sheet.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 8 – A strong Old Trafford debut for the summer signing, keeping Chelsea’s left-side quiet for the majority of the game. Also showed the fans glimpses of his prowess in the tackle.

Victor Lindelof – 7 – A solid game in defence, helping to keep Abraham and Giroud quiet for the majority of the game.

Harry Maguire – 8 – Practically unbeatable in the air, Maguire was in control of everything, winning five aerial duels. Started the move for United’s second by simply overpowering Abraham on the edge of his own area. Already looking a very good buy for United, despite the fee.

Luke Shaw – 5 – Looked to be targeted by Chelsea’s attacks and started poorly, but grew into game after United took the lead. Was less troubled after half-time as United took control of the scoreline.

Scott McTominay – 6 – The game passed him by a bit as both sides skipped the midfield in large spells, but did well when United set up to counter.

Andreas Pereira – 6 – Had a quiet first half given how the flow of the game went. But provided the killer assist with a good cross midway through the second half to confirm the win for United.

Paul Pogba – 7 – Did well, looking to get his side forward in a half in which they had less of the ball. Showed more after half-time and set up Rashford with a simply wonderful pass before grabbing another assist for James.

Jesse Lingard – 7 – A quiet first half but operated better with a position change after the break, helping to kill Chelsea on the counter-attack.

Marcus Rashford – 7 – Had a frustrating first-half but won and converted the penalty to give his side the lead. Stepped up after half-time, doing his bit defensively and then getting United’s third, beating Azpilicueta far too easily.

Anthony Martial – 6 – United’s new no.9, Martial had a few good chances to score but rarely troubled Arrizabalaga in the first half. Doubled United’s lead from close range, moving well to get in front of Azpilicueta in the centre of the goal. Will need to do better, however, if he wishes to lead the line permanently.

Substitutes:

Daniel James (for Pereira 73) – 6 – Came off the bench to cap off a good win with a well-taken goal.

Mason Greenwood (for Rashford 86) – N/A – A late sub.

Juan Mata (for Lingard 86) – N/A – A late sub.

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Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 5 – Was relatively untroubled but conceded three as his defence imploded in front of him.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 2 – Had a good first half but fell to pieces after the break, being caught out for United’s second, third and fourth goals. A really poor showing.

Andreas Christensen – 6 – The better of the two Chelsea centre-backs, Christensen is a shoo-in to partner Antonio Rudiger when the German returns.

Kurt Zouma – 3 – Looked awkward with passing out from back, gifting an early chance to Martial but was let off by his compatriot. Conceded a penalty with a rash challenge on Rashford and struggled to recover. A clumsy performance.

Emerson – 6 – Chelsea’s new first choice left-back, Emerson was restricted by his team-mates focusing their play down the opposing flank but did well when called upon. Hit the crossbar with shot from inside area just before half-time.

Jorginho – 7 – Did well to build Chelsea’s play from deep, showing his passing abilities more in a new role.

Mateo Kovacic – 6 – Had a solid game in the centre of the pitch, but was perhaps lacking the creativity Chelsea needed.

Pedro – 4 – Had a positive opening 10 minutes but started to get sloppy. Lost possession too easily in build up to penalty and was poor in possession,

Mason Mount – 5 – Making his competitive debut for Chelsea, Mount had a confident start but quietened down after going behind. Perhaps a bit too selfless at times, opting to pass when a shot would have been easier. Quiet when Chelsea needed to get back into the game.

Ross Barkley – 4 – Chelsea’s man of pre-season had a very quiet game, with nothing really coming off for the Englishman.

Tammy Abraham – 4 – Hit the post early on with a powerful effort from the edge of the area after a good turn. Could have potentially grabbed at least a brace if his positioning was better. But then looked to be overwhelmed by United’s fine centre-back pairing.

Substitutes:

Christian Pulisic (for Barkley 58) – 4 – Came off the bench for his Premier League debut but was unable to get his side back into the game.

Olivier Giroud (for Abraham 66) – 4 – Struggled as Abraham did up against Maguire.

N’Golo Kante (for Jorginho 73) – 5 – Brought on to add stability to Chelsea but it was too late.

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