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April 6, 2011 2:45 PM EDT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 37915‎
 
 
Wayne Rooney 24′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United

By Greg Stobart at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    51
    68
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Solid handling to keep out two Rooney efforts in the first half but could do nothing about the United striker's goal. Vital touch on Nani's cross in the second half prevented a clear chance for Hernandez.

  • Ashley Cole
    36
    68
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Decent display from the left-back but forced to defend rather than attack for most of the game as he was pegged back by the visitors' speedy wingers.

  • John Terry
    37
    67
    3.00

    John Terry

    Generally alert to danger but the England captain did seem to be caught out on more than one occasion by Hernandez's movement.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    45
    74
    2.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Strong and committed in one-on-one situations but didn't not know whether to follow Rooney or keep his position, meaning he was sometimes caught in no-man's land.

  • José Bosingwa
    29
    75
    2.50

    José Bosingwa Flop of the Match

    A threat going forward with his pace but switched off defensively in the build-up to United's goal.

  • Yuri Zhirkov
    32
    83
    2.50

    Yuri Zhirkov

    Failed to justify his inclusion ahead of Malouda with a display that lacked any thrust. Completely ineffective and replaced 20 minutes from time.

  • Frank Lampard
    35
    67
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Could not find a killer pass but was always a goal threat. Will be wondering for a long time how his close-range effort on the stroke of half-time was kept out by Evra.

  • Michael Essien
    32
    78
    2.50

    Michael Essien

    First involvement was a late challenge on Rooney and the Ghanaian looked off the pace from that moment on. Superb energy and drive but lacked subtlety in the final third.

  • Ramires
    37
    67
    3.00

    Ramires

    The Brazilian showed great athleticism and pace but was on the periphery of the game in his right midfield role. Denied a late penalty when Evra seemed to clearly bring him down.

  • Fernando Torres
    57
    114
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    The £50m man started sharply but was once again frustrated and has now gone nine games for Chelsea without a goal. Super header in the second half was kept out by Van der Sar.

  • Didier Drogba
    54
    120
    2.50

    Didier Drogba

    Still does not look at all comfortable playing alongside Torres and despite some glimpses of his power and ability, the Ivorian had little impact on the game. Replaced by Anelka in the 71st minute.

Substitutions

  • Florent Malouda
    30
    62
    2.50

    Florent Malouda

    Replaced Zhirkov with 20 minutes to play but had little impact as United sat deep and made it difficult for the hosts.

  • John Obi Mikel
    28
    65
    0.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Replaced Bosingwa 12 minutes from time as Chelsea changed formation in search of a goal.

  • Nicolas Anelka
    26
    64
    2.50

    Nicolas Anelka

    Seemed to be half a yard off the pace when the ball bounced in the box after replacing Drogba in the 71st minute.

  • Edwin van der Sar
    293
    15
    3.50

    Edwin van der Sar

    Used all his experience and agility to keep a clean sheet. The pick of the Dutchman's saves was a superb diving effort to deny Torres his first Chelsea goal.

  • Patrice Evra
    189
    34
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Solid performance from the Frenchman and attacked well when he exploited space on Chelsea's right side. Brilliant clearance on the line denied Lampard on the stroke of half-time but should have conceded a penalty for a clumsy late challenge on Ramires.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    288
    17
    4.00

    Nemanja Vidic

    A captain's performance from the Serbian as United did exactly the job they came to do. Won every header, every tackle and never lost concentration.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    257
    26
    4.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    The former England captain made his first start since the start of February but is was like he had never been away as he showed superb anticipation and awareness.

  • Rafael Silva
    182
    30
    3.00

    Rafael Silva

    Tenacious display from the young Brazilian until he was substituted five minutes after the break clearly in pain following a clash with Drogba.

  • Ji-Sung Park
    221
    30
    3.50

    Ji-Sung Park

    The South Korean has never let Sir Alex Ferguson down on these big Champions League occasions and his workrate and tidy passing played an important role in a solid away performance.

  • Ryan Giggs
    260
    25
    4.00

    Ryan Giggs Top of the Match

    The 37-year-old was majestic in a central midfield role and his wonderful touch and vision created Rooney's goal. Always seemed to know where the ball was going, picked it up in pockets of space and placed his passes perfectly.

  • Michael Carrick
    251
    28
    4.00

    Michael Carrick

    His finest performance of a generally unimpressive season so far. The midfielder dictated much of the play, particularly in the first half, with his accurate short and long passing. Also demonstrated excellent reading of the game defensively.

  • Antonio Valencia
    202
    29
    3.50

    Antonio Valencia

    The Ecuadorian winger offered good balance to the visitors and his versatility meant he was able to slot in at right-back for most of the second half.

  • Javier Hernández
    233
    39
    3.50

    Javier Hernández

    Surprise starter as United chose to play with two strikers but justified his inclusion with dangerous movement throughout. Inches away from two headers that would have meant a second United goal.

  • Wayne Rooney
    303
    43
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Reminded us what he is all about following the adverse headlines after his F-word rant at the weekend. Lovely finish from 10 yards was followed by an ecstatic celebration. Always involved as he picked the ball up in dangerous positions.

Substitutions

  • Chris Smalling
    115
    20
    0.00

    Chris Smalling

    Replaced Park in the dying seconds.

  • Nani
    163
    30
    3.00

    Nani

    Replaced Rafael in the 51st minute and his trickery and delivery were a threat. Excellent cross nearly created a scoring opportunity and went through on goal only to be smothered by Cech.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    156
    29
    0.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Replaced Hernandez 12 minutes from time and showed a few nice touches.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
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Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2