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October 28, 2012 12:00 PM EDT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 41644‎
 
44′ Juan Mata
David Luiz 4′ (OG)
53′ Ramires
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-3 Manchester United

Javier Hernandez scored a controversial winner for the visitors against a nine-man Blues side at Stamford Bridge after Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres saw red.

By Liam Twomey

  • Petr Cech
    143
    58
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Got no protection from his defence in a shambolic opening 15 minutes, and was helpless to prevent any of United's goals despite a number of good saves.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    104
    175
    1.00

    Branislav Ivanovic Flop of the Match

    Left for dead by Van Persie in the build-up to United's first, and failed to pick the Dutchman up for their second. A less than stellar defensive performance from the Serb. Foolishly clipped Young's heels to get himself sent off with just under half an hour remaining, fatally undermining his side's hopes.

  • Ashley Cole
    84
    112
    2.00

    Ashley Cole

    Gave Valencia the freedom of the right flank to drill a cross in for Van Persie to double United's early advantage. Improved later on, but the damage was done.

  • David Luiz
    83
    128
    2.50

    David Luiz

    Looked all at sea against Van Persie early on, making a succession of poor defensive decisions. That said, his forays forward did cause concern in the United ranks.

  • Gary Cahill
    102
    79
    2.50

    Gary Cahill

    Not a performance which will convince many he is capable of succeeding John Terry as the long-term leader of the Chelsea backline. Could not organise his defence as United swept forward to deadly effect early on.

  • Ramires
    165
    56
    3.00

    Ramires

    His energy was key to Chelsea's comeback after a poor start, pressing United high up the pitch. Fought a losing battle with trademark gusto after two of his team-mates were dismissed.

  • Oscar
    202
    61
    3.50

    Oscar

    Industrious as ever out of possession, on the ball he was a bundle of ideas, repeatedly troubling United with his fearless invention. set up Ramires' equaliser with a delightfully accurate cross. Unfortunate to be taken off as Chelsea looked to shore things up after Ivanovic's dismissal.

  • John Obi Mikel
    112
    96
    2.50

    John Obi Mikel

    Looked slow and ponderous in the opening exchanges, but grew into the game and helped his team gain a foothold in midfield prior to Ivanovic's sending off.

  • Eden Hazard
    217
    63
    3.50

    Eden Hazard

    Starved of possession early on, his dribbling ability and awareness became a constant menace for United as the afternoon wore on. A victim of circumstance as he was taken off with eight minutes left.

  • Fernando Torres
    100
    181
    1.00

    Fernando Torres

    A laboured presence up front again. Very little of what he tried came off, though he did occupy Evans and Ferdinand enough to open up space for Chelsea's creators. Could have been dismissed when he was first booked and sent off with 20 minutes remaining after Mark Clattenburg judged him to have dived under a Jonny Evans challenge.

  • Juan Mata
    288
    67
    4.00

    Juan Mata Top of the Match

    Led his team by example after a disastrous opening spell and, as they gained a stranglehold on midfield, his influence grew. Scored a superb free-kick to give the hosts hope just before the break, and his superb close control kept the ball alive in the build-up to Ramires' equaliser. The talisman of this new Chelsea.

Substitutions

  • César Azpilicueta
    80
    60
    2.50

    César Azpilicueta

    Looked more assured than Ivanovic on his introduction, although United showed less full-blooded attacking intent after Hernandez had put them ahead.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    63
    66
    2.50

    Ryan Bertrand

    Brought on as a necessity and out of position for the final 20 minutes as Chelsea made the best of a desperate situation.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    71
    71
    2.50

    Daniel Sturridge

    Worked hard on his introduction in place of Torres and troubled United's defence against the odds on a couple of occasions.

  • David de Gea
    253
    66
    3.00

    David de Gea

    His decision to use his feet rather than his hands to repel shots was at times mystifying, but he could do nothing about either of Chelsea's goals, and he did make a couple of superb stops.

  • Rafael
    173
    75
    3.00

    Rafael

    A real threat going forward, his defensive positioning was occasionally shown to be suspect by Hazard and Oscar.

  • Patrice Evra
    120
    116
    2.50

    Patrice Evra

    Oscar's tendency to drift inside meant he did not have a direct opponent, but he did not offer much of an outlet for his team in attack.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    152
    92
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Generally assured in defence against a lacklustre Torres and was not at fault for either of Chelsea's goals.

  • Jonny Evans
    111
    148
    2.00

    Jonny Evans

    Looked more nervous than his more experienced partner in the face of Chelsea's fluid attack, and was lucky the referee came down on his side rather than Torres' for the Spaniard's dismissal in the second half.

  • Antonio Valencia
    215
    89
    3.50

    Antonio Valencia

    A display which makes it hard to see why the muscular Ecuadorian does not start more often. Defensively aware, he pinged a pinpoint cross in for Van Persie early on and gave Cole kittens all day.

  • Michael Carrick
    120
    110
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Ran the game from midfield for the opening 20 minutes, but looked off the pace until Chelsea's second dismissal opened up room for him to operate in once again.

  • Ashley Young
    137
    108
    3.00

    Ashley Young

    His movement caused Ivanovic problems all day and eventually accounted for the Serb's dismissal.

  • Tom Cleverley
    144
    103
    2.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Solid rather than spectacular in the midfield, and was beaten too easily by Ramires for Chelsea's equaliser.

  • Wayne Rooney
    202
    86
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Was the key to the success of his team's gameplan early on, linking play brilliantly going forward and tracking back into midfield when his team were out of possession. Resorted to tired and cynical challenges as the game wore on, however, and was withdrawn for his own good with 15 minutes left.

  • Robin van Persie
    309
    95
    4.00

    Robin van Persie

    Showcased superb movement for his team's first two goals and looked dangerous whenever his team gave him the ball.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Giggs
    125
    76
    2.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Gave his team composure in the middle of the park for the last 15 minutes, although he had all the room in the world to make his passes.

  • Javier Hernández
    263
    99
    3.00

    Javier Hernández

    Brought on to find a winner against nine-man opponents and did just that, albeit from an offside position.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2