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January 19, 2014 4:00 p.m. GMT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 41615‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United

Jose Mourinho's team climbed back to within two points of leaders Arsenal after Samuel Eto'o scored the first-hat trick by a Blues player against the Red Devils in 60 years

By Wayne Veysey

  • Petr Cech
    0
    0
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    Made a fine early save from Young at 0-0 to set the tone for a tidy display although his overconfidence with a Grobelaar-style dribble on his goal-line drew the derision of Mourinho. Could do little to keep out Chicharito's goal.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    0
    2
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Januzaj got the better of him on a few occasions, but stood firm and was a solid presence.

  • David Luiz
    0
    0
    3.00

    David Luiz

    His occasional positional indiscipline drew some furious gesticulating from his frothing manager on the touchline but overcame an early booking with a wholehearted display in central midfield.

  • Gary Cahill
    1
    0
    3.50

    Gary Cahill

    Solid and unfussy in defence, and played major roles in Chelsea's second and third goals, with, firstly, a driven cross and, then, a thumping unmarked header.

  • John Terry
    0
    1
    3.50

    John Terry

    United were never able to take advantage of his lack of pace as Chelsea's deep defensive line, and counterattacking style, synced perfectly with the captain's advancing years.

  • César Azpilicueta
    0
    0
    3.50

    César Azpilicueta

    Offered little to Chelsea's attacks but looked rock solid at left-back after being given the nod over Ashley Cole. Did just about enough to put off Welbeck with a strong challenge shortly before half-time.

  • Ramires
    0
    1
    4.00

    Ramires Top of the Match

    Has the energy of a labrador puppy and the teeth of a rottweiler as he demonstrated again why he is such a signficant part of the Chelsea puzzle. Barely put a foot wrong in the centre before moving to the right flank following Mikel's introduction.

  • Oscar
    0
    0
    3.00

    Oscar

    Wasted a fine chance at 1-0 and his distribution and decision-making was below-par throughout. Subbed after 67 minutes.

  • Eden Hazard
    0
    0
    3.00

    Eden Hazard

    Started quietly but made some mesmerizing runs and always a threat with the ball at his feet.

  • Willian
    0
    1
    3.50

    Willian

    Fused smart ball-carrying with a ferocious work ethic as he continues to buy into Mourinho's vision.

  • Samuel Eto'o
    4
    0
    3.50

    Samuel Eto'o

    Fully vindicated his selection ahead of Torres by becoming the first Chelsea player to score a hat-trick against United in 60 years. Shimmied smartly past Jones to set himself up for his curled opener and followed up with two trademark poacher's strikes on an unforgettable afternoon for the Cameroon legend.

Substitutions

  • John Obi Mikel
    0
    2
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Helped Chelsea protect their three-goal cushion after emerging from his substitute's seat.

  • Nemanja Matić
    1
    0

    Nemanja Matić

    Replaced Willian for the final five minutes in the first match of his second spell at Chelsea.

  • Fernando Torres
    0
    0

    Fernando Torres

    Saw little of the ball in a late cameo.

  • David de Gea
    0
    0
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Made a fine point-blank save from Cahill with his elbow but even the Spaniard's athleticism was not enough to keep out Chelsea's three goals. No fingers could be pointed at the United No.1.

  • Rafael
    0
    0
    2.00

    Rafael

    Turned his back on Chelsea's attack in the build-up to their second goal and should have been sent off in added time as his frustration got the better of him. Stood in at left-back for most of the second half following Evra's injury.

  • Patrice Evra
    0
    0
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Struggled to deal with the lively Willian before an injury prematurely ended his game early in the second half.

  • Phil Jones
    0
    0
    2.00

    Phil Jones

    Looked out of sync after his lay-off. Undone by a simple Eto'o shimmy in the build-up to the opening goal and his positioning was frequently awry. Made a key contribution to United's consolation goal with a shot that was turned in by Chicharito at the far post.

  • Jonny Evans
    1
    0
    2.00

    Jonny Evans

    Went AWOL on a few occasions, and looked error-prone whenever he was seriously tested.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    0
    0
    1.50

    Nemanja Vidic Flop of the Match

    A disastrous day for the United skipper. Red-carded in added time after stupidly hacking down Hazard. Looked ill at ease whenever Chelsea's young thrusters ran at the United defence, and failed to get close enough to Eto'o for the home side's second goal.

  • Michael Carrick
    0
    0
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Used the ball smoothly enough and was unfortunate for his role in Eto'o's deflected opener, but was unable to drag his team-mates back into the match.

  • Ashley Young
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ashley Young

    Drew a fine early save from Cech and occasionally combined well on the left with Januzaj and Evra, but flitted in and out of the game and subbed off when United went 3-0 down.

  • Antonio Valencia
    0
    0
    2.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Covered a lot of ground but made little attacking impact. Showed a complete lack of defensive awareness when he played Eto'o on-side for Chelsea's third goal.

  • Adnan Januzaj
    0
    0
    3.50

    Adnan Januzaj

    Provided the only ray of light in the Rooney and Van Persie-less United attack. His technique, imagination and touch was a level above most of his team-mates, and equally at home down the middle or on the left flank.

  • Danny Welbeck
    0
    0
    3.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Held the ball up well and caused problems with his movement but did not present a potent goal threat. His finishing let him down at the end of the first half when he shot straight at Cech, albeit under pressure from Azpilicueta.

Substitutions

  • Chris Smalling
    0
    0
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Slotted in at right-back following Evra's injury. Won a number of headers but not so sure on the ground.

  • Javier Hernández
    1
    0
    3.50

    Javier Hernández

    Maintained his excellent scoring record against Chelsea by poaching a late consolation goal.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0