Chelsea played out a disappointing 0-0 draw at Old Trafford with a bunch of individual performances standing out. Let’s look at some player ratings-
Edouard Mendy- 8/10
After nearly gifting a goal away in the first half, Edouard Mendy was Chelsea’s savior as he was at his best, brilliantly saving a couple from Marcus Rashford and one from Juan Mata. He brought back Petr Cech memories in a way. He was composed with his feet and looked like Chelsea can rely on him for their long-term project.
Cezar Azpilicueta- 7/10
Playing right side of the defence, he kept Dan James in check all game. He should’ve been awarded a penalty late in the first half but VAR ignored the shout. A strong defensive display from the captain and he looked lively throughout. His minutes have been numbered with the emergence of Reece James, but he reminded everyone of the quality he brings on the table.
Thiago Silva- 8/10
Thiago Silva properly announced himself as a Chelsea player on Saturday with an inspiring and stellar defensive display. He was a leader at the back and was sharp as ever. Question marks about his longevity given his age, if any, were certainly swayed away. He made clever interceptions and read the game really well except the one time when Marcus Rashford gave him the slip and forced a save from Mendy.
Kurt Zouma- 6/10
Zouma came out with the ball and played accurate passes to midfield on quite a few occasions. Probably considered the weak link in the three-man defence, he was it at throughout the game and didn’t commit any mistakes. His confidence must be growing playing alongside Silva and he’ll only get better.
Reece James- 8/10
James commanded the right flank and helped Azpilicueta keeping James at bay, not that he needed any. He played cute one-two’s with Havertz and Jorginho and marauded into the midfield. His level of performances call for a starting place every week, regardless of what system and shape the manager opts.
He keeps getting better every week. He didn’t restrict himself to sideways passes; took risks and played long balls up top to Werner and wide to Chilwell. It seems as if he’s won the manager over with real improvement in his overall game in recent weeks. The accusations claiming that he’s very limited going forward are looking more foolish each game.
N’Golo Kante- 5/10
It’s not that he had a bad game, but it was way sub-par according to his standards. He was successful in winning the ball back during defensive transitions but gave it away the odd time going forward. There’s been no shortage of debate over his best position and where he is most effective at doing what he does best. With Lampard changing the formation, it seems unlikely that those questions will be answered anytime soon.
Ben Chilwell- 7/10
Chilwell has been nothing short of a revelation since making his move from Leicester. He was sharp, physical and lively thoughout the game. He’s developed good chemistry with the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz down the left flank, unfortunately that didn’t threaten the United backline to really cause them problems.
Christian Pulisic- 6/10
Pulisic had a few shots off target, but didn’t get the service he would’ve liked. He tried to make an impact on the counter, combining with Kai Havertz but lacked the killer instinct in front of goal. He can be carted off given Chelsea appeared to have set up to ‘not lose’ rather than ‘to win’. He’s still finding his feet after a spell on the sidelines so no point in having a go at him.
Kai Havertz- 6/10
Havertz was played out on the right wing and though he was central to the few chances Chelsea had, he was a spectator for large spells. He wasn’t able to orchestrate the flow and didn’t link up enough with Pulisic or Werner. He’s at his best as a number 10 but with Lampard loving to chop and change, it remains to be seen if we’ll be seeing the best of him in the coming future.
Timo Werner- 5/10
He was absent, nowhere to be seen. Maybe not his fault, Chelsea played in a negative way and he didn’t get to feed on anything really. He kept coming deep to try and influence the proceedings, but it was an underwhelming outing from the German and he wouldn’t have been proud of his efforts off the ball either.
Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Tammy Abraham came on for Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner respectively to try and win it for The Blues but didn’t really affect the game despite some bright efforts.