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Played
March 1, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 41825‎
 
54′ David Luiz
Wayne Rooney 30′
79′ (PG) Frank Lampard
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United

By Wayne Veysey at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    351
    67
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    His catching and decision-making was excellent and showed fine reflexes on a number of occasions but his positioning for Rooney’s goal was poor.

  • Ashley Cole
    296
    67
    3.50

    Ashley Cole

    Responded to the inevitable cries of ‘shoot’ from the United fans every time he touched the ball with a tenacious display. Did not get forward too much but his defending was resolute. Would have been worth it if his 45th minute free-kick had gone in just to read the puns.

  • John Terry
    314
    58
    3.50

    John Terry

    Alongside the kamikaze Luiz, he was the epitome of calmness and discretion. Proved there is still plenty of life in the Chelsea old guard.

  • David Luiz
    734
    183
    4.00

    David Luiz Top of the Match

    His playing style is as entertaining as his hair. Made a series of excellent interceptions and looked a class act every time he was on the ball. Guilty of standing off Rooney for United's goal but he has already showed enough glimpses of his quality at Chelsea to make his brilliantly executed equaliser far from a surprise. Already looks worth every penny, although he could have been sent off on another night for a series of blatant bodychecks. Subbed for his own good with 10 minutes left.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    204
    184
    2.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    One of the few Chelsea players to maintain his standards this season but a poor display by the versatile defender at right-back. Slow to react to the danger when Rooney picked up the ball before rifling in his goal. Made amends by setting up Luiz's equaliser.

  • Ramires
    306
    68
    3.50

    Ramires

    Booked early on for a dangerous lunge on Carrick but showed further evidence of his gradual improvement with a tenacious display in a narrow, right midfield role.

  • Michael Essien
    259
    104
    3.00

    Michael Essien

    If Rooney has had a poor season, what about the once flawless Ghanian? Struggled to impose himself in the first half but woke up after the break to prove the 'train' has not completely veered off track.

  • Frank Lampard
    285
    73
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    At his most dangerous when the game stopped as the 4-4-2 formation negated his goal threat in open play. One fierce free-kick nearly set up the equaliser but banged home the winning penalty with complete conviction and was heavily involved in Chelsea's comeback.

  • Florent Malouda
    189
    137
    2.50

    Florent Malouda

    His crossing from the left flank was poor and he wasted an excellent chance in the fourth minute when he shot straight at van der Sar.

  • Fernando Torres
    285
    167
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    The first hour generally passed him by but became more involved when Drogba came on and Chelsea had more control of the game. Still does not look anything like a £50m striker.

  • Nicolas Anelka
    191
    210
    2.50

    Nicolas Anelka Flop of the Match

    After an encouraging opening 10 minutes when he continued where he left off in Copenhagen, he suddenly went completely anonymous before being replaced by Drogba in the 61st minute.

Substitutions

  • Yuri Zhirkov
    295
    67
    3.00

    Yuri Zhirkov

    Showed his experience by winning the vital penalty, although there was more than a hint of deviousness to the way he made the most of Smalling's poor challenge. Had a drive diverted on to the post late on.

  • Didier Drogba
    334
    62
    3.00

    Didier Drogba

    A hint of desperation to his desire to prove a point to Ancelotti during his half-hour cameo but was always combative and helped bring United's centre-backs out of their comfort zone.

  • Edwin van der Sar
    200
    108
    3.50

    Edwin van der Sar

    Stood up brilliantly to deny Ivanovic from point-blank range with a double save. Could do little to deny the goals. Giggs is not the only player that United fans will want to put in cryogenic suspension this summer.

  • John O'Shea
    90
    147
    3.00

    John O'Shea

    Rarely ventured beyond the halfway line but comfortably kept Malouda in check.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    165
    146
    3.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    No repeat of his previous struggles against Torres. Always in control against Chelsea's celebrated attackers and did not deserve to be on the losing side, even if his defending became a bit undisciplined towards the end. Sent off in stoppage time after hauling back Ramires and receiving a second yellow card.

  • Chris Smalling
    152
    188
    3.50

    Chris Smalling

    An assured display by the youngster, who was unlucky to concede a penalty when Zhirkov made the most of the contact, although he invited the indiscretion by sticking out his left leg.

  • Patrice Evra
    96
    156
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Made some excellent bursts forward in the first half when United dominated but got drawn into the centre to leave Luiz too much space to strike the equaliser. Subbed late on,

  • Nani
    100
    180
    3.00

    Nani

    Has been United's most consistent attacker this season but this was one of those evenings when he ran into cul de sacs and was guilty of being a little selfish.

  • Darren Fletcher
    80
    182
    3.50

    Darren Fletcher

    Shunted out on to the right flank for the second consecutive game but was at the heart of his team's determined and collective work ethic even if he offered little threat going forward.

  • Paul Scholes
    107
    157
    3.50

    Paul Scholes

    Brought out for the big occasions like a vintage decanter and rarely disappoints. Maintained United's passing rhythm before fading after the break and being subbed with 20 minutes left.

  • Michael Carrick
    70
    156
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    At the heart of United's first half dominance and swept the ball around confidently at times but was part of the midfield that crumbled after the break.

  • Wayne Rooney
    252
    237
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney

    A brilliant goal and a fine performance by a player that even Ferguson had admitted beforehand was “fortunate” to be starting ahead of the more deserving Berbatov. Wasted a great chance to score with a free header from six yards but his touch, passing and general play was more like what we saw before his decline began one year ago with the injury in Munich. Surprisingly, his goal was his fifth in his last five Premier League games.

  • Javier Hernández
    161
    158
    3.00

    Javier Hernández

    Repaid Ferguson’s faith by stretching Chelsea's defence with his pace and caused more problems than the more static style of Berbatov might have done. Withdrawn with 20 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Fabio Da Silva
    63
    121
    0.00

    Fabio Da Silva

    Replaced Evra in the closing minutes and came close to grabbing an equaliser.

  • Ryan Giggs
    102
    131
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Had some nice touches but his 20th anniversary celebrations did not go off with a bang.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    93
    171
    2.50

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Struggled to get involved after replacing Hernandez. After being on the bench for the last two games, will wonder what he has to do to start the marquee games.

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