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May 5, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 75500‎
 
 
Phil Jones 87′ (OG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-1 Chelsea

Anders Lindegaard pushed an Oscar effort onto the post in an uninspiring first half, before a late Juan Mata winner gave the Blues all three points and an important victory.

By John Stammers

  • Anders Lindegaard
    27
    51
    2.50

    Anders Lindegaard

    Flapped at an early Mata cross and didn't look too convincing under the high ball. Saved well from Oscar, pushing his shot onto the post. Might have done better with the goal, though it was deflected.

  • Rafael
    30
    48
    2.50

    Rafael

    Got forward well and gave Cole a tough time. Very solid at the back too as he made numerous important interventions. Got stupidly sent off late on by kicking out at Luiz.

  • Patrice Evra
    16
    46
    2.50

    Patrice Evra

    Didn't get forward as much as he can but made some decent contributions at the back.

  • Phil Jones
    23
    43
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    A slip allowed the Blues in for a good chance but he was let off by Moses' poor finish. Otherwise did well defensively and won his headers. Broke forward to good effect too, but his final ball was lacking. Unfortunate to get the last touch on the goal.

  • Jonny Evans
    17
    41
    2.50

    Jonny Evans

    Completely left Ba for an early chance and struggled against him at times. Wasn't great with his distribution either, but improved defensively.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    38
    34
    3.00

    Nemanja Vidic

    A fairly solid game for the centre-back but in truth he had little to do. Hesitated on the ball sometimes.

  • Antonio Valencia
    15
    68
    2.00

    Antonio Valencia Flop of the Match

    Got into some good positions on the right but didn't really deliver any final product, wasting each opening he created. Withdrawn very late on.

  • Anderson
    18
    45
    2.50

    Anderson

    Kept United ticking in midfield but was too negative with his passing as the hosts lacked creativity. Replaced with 20 minutes left.

  • Ryan Giggs
    32
    46
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Played some dangerous balls into the box from both wide and deep areas, including one for a great Van Persie chance. Fortunate to get away with a tug on Luiz right on the edge of the box.

  • Tom Cleverley
    14
    44
    2.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Created a few openings but wasted the chances that came his way. Withdrawn with 20 minutes remaining.

  • Robin van Persie
    26
    53
    2.50

    Robin van Persie

    Showed some nice feet at times but didn't display his usual cutting edge and conviction in front of goal, slicing one effort wide and heading straight into Cech's arms.

Substitutions

  • Alexander Büttner
    20
    32
    2.50

    Alexander Büttner

    Came on as part of a double change with 20 minutes left.

  • Wayne Rooney
    28
    41
    2.50

    Wayne Rooney

    Thrown into the fray with 20 minutes remaining and did make a slight difference, heading over soon after coming on. Lost the ball in the build-up to the goal, but wanted a free-kick.

  • Javier Hernández
    29
    39
    2.00

    Javier Hernández

    Late substitute for Valencia.

  • Petr Cech
    85
    11
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Didn't have many saves to make but did what he needed to well.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    90
    11
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Made numerous blocks and interceptions and provided a decent threat in the opposition box at times too.

  • Ashley Cole
    61
    18
    2.50

    Ashley Cole

    Uncharacteristically out of position a few times early on as United had some joy down the right. Didn't provide an extra threat on the left as normal.

  • David Luiz
    85
    28
    2.50

    David Luiz

    Added to the Blues' attack with his passing range and fired one signature long-range effort not too far wide, though he wasted a free-kick in a good position. Did what little needed doing at the back but picked up a silly booking and was involved in a bit of handbags late on.

  • César Azpilicueta
    73
    14
    3.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Got forward well and dealt with most things dependably at the back.

  • Ramires
    77
    14
    3.00

    Ramires

    Threatened with a few driving forward runs and worried defenders with his pace. Broke up United's attacks early on. Involved in the build-up to the goal.

  • Frank Lampard
    70
    16
    2.50

    Frank Lampard

    Fired one shot on Lindegaard's goal but it was rather tame, and he hit a few other attempts off target. Nearly picked Mata out with a smart cross. Slightly off the pace.

  • Oscar
    89
    20
    3.50

    Oscar

    Tested Lindegaard with a decent low effort which he pushed onto the post, and flashed another low drive just wide. Set up Mata for the goal.

  • Victor Moses
    57
    31
    2.00

    Victor Moses

    Lashed over when presented with a clear opening. Battled hard and showed good strength at times but largely ineffective. Brought off with 15 minutes left.

  • Juan Mata
    137
    15
    3.50

    Juan Mata Top of the Match

    Involved in most good things Chelsea did early on as he created numerous chances. Couldn't quite get on the end of a good Lampard ball. Faded a bit as the game went on but still the liveliest player on the pitch and won it late in the day, albeit with a deflected shot.

  • Demba Ba
    64
    31
    2.50

    Demba Ba

    Should have done better with an early header and then completely missed the ball with another decent chance just after. Not on the same wavelength as those around him at times. Fired on other effort just wide.

Substitutions

  • Nathan Ake
    58
    15
    2.00

    Nathan Ake

    A late substitute.

  • Fernando Torres
    111
    16
    2.50

    Fernando Torres

    Replaced Moses with 15 minutes left and injected a bit of pace into the attack.

Results
 
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