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August 26, 2013 8:00 PM BST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 75032‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

David Moyes's first home game as the new Old Trafford manager ended in a tepid goalless draw as Wayne Rooney was given raucous support by both sets of supporters

By Wayne Veysey at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    365
    59
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Dealt comfortably with Chelsea's long-range shooting and looks an increasingly confident figure in in the United goal.

  • Patrice Evra
    284
    91
    3.50

    Patrice Evra

    Sold in defence and threatening on the overlap. Looks a reborn figure at left-back.

  • Phil Jones
    211
    121
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    Wholehearted display at right-back. Threw himself into every tackle and header, although his attacking raids were not as frequent as expected.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    282
    86
    3.50

    Rio Ferdinand

    Probably could not believe his luck that he did not have to mark an out-and-out centre forward. His communication with Vidic was good enough to minimise alarms.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    375
    66
    3.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    Was left for dead by Schurrle's pace on one occasion but dealt comfortably with Chelsea's posse of attacking midfielders. Removed the ball with the minimum of fuss from Oscar in the 48th minute and made a string of key interceptions.

  • Michael Carrick
    303
    77
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    Showed how much United will rely on him this season with a canny display in front of the back four. Did not allow Chelsea's attacking midfielders time or space.

  • Tom Cleverley
    207
    146
    2.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Steady rather than particularly effective. Took the easy option too often as the weight of the occasion appeared to curb his ambition.

  • Antonio Valencia
    187
    307
    2.00

    Antonio Valencia Flop of the Match

    Lacked conviction and his final ball was disappointing. Replaced by Young after 65 minutes.

  • Wayne Rooney
    727
    74
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney Top of the Match

    Welcomed back like a prodigal son, with his name frequently and, perhaps uniquely, chanted by both sets of supporters. Looked eager, his work-rate was excellent and some of his second-half passing was top-drawer.

  • Danny Welbeck
    135
    267
    3.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Got the nod to start on the left flank ahead of Giggs but looked more effective when he wandered into central areas. Sent two shots wildly over the bar early in the second half. Subbed with 12 minutes left.

  • Robin van Persie
    325
    138
    3.50

    Robin van Persie

    Fizzed with energy and menace but the chances did not fall his way. Shot into the side netting from a tight angle early on before sending a tricky header over the bar.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Giggs
    121
    139
    2.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Quiet cameo on the left flank.

  • Ashley Young
    195
    116
    3.00

    Ashley Young

    His crossing from the right was more productive than Valencia's had been.

  • Petr Cech
    244
    69
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    Would have expected to be more involved in such a demanding away fixture. Only had one save to make in the first 70 minutes and dealt comfortably with every high ball and long-range effort.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    300
    80
    3.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Chelsea's Mr Dependable was as solid as ever, drawing the sting from Welbeck and keeping Giggs quiet late on.

  • Ashley Cole
    232
    106
    3.50

    Ashley Cole

    Booked in the 15th minute for a mistimed tackle on van Persie but it did not unsettle the experienced left-back. Made the most of a penalty claim in the second half when he was tugged back by Jones.

  • Gary Cahill
    173
    105
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    Dominant in the air but occasionally his positioning let him down.

  • John Terry
    254
    82
    3.50

    John Terry

    Both sides of Terry were on view; the outstanding reader of the game and the plodder whose lack of recovery pace is glaringly obvious.

  • Ramires
    211
    129
    3.00

    Ramires

    No Makelele but his versatility and energy never cease to impress.

  • Frank Lampard
    145
    232
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Anchored the midfield steadily on a night when he was clearly under strict instructions to keep his position and not bomb forward.

  • Oscar
    202
    176
    3.00

    Oscar

    Dropped very deep at times to instigate attacks as Mourinho showed how much faith he has in the No.11 to orchestrate the play. Had Chelsea's two best first-half chances but both were dealt comfortably with by De Gea.

  • Kevin De Bruyne
    121
    252
    2.00

    Kevin De Bruyne

    Looks like he will not be in need of a razor any time soon but still managed to cut his face after clattering into Van Persie in the first half to earn himself a yellow. Otherwise, did little of note and was replaced by Torres after an hour.

  • Eden Hazard
    174
    260
    2.50

    Eden Hazard

    Looks to have noticeably bulked up this season but an otherwise anonymous display from the Belgian.

  • Andre Schürrle
    164
    213
    2.50

    Andre Schürrle

    Surprisingly given the task of leading the line, the German was too isolated although he demonstrated a stunning burst of pace. Moved out to the right flank before he was subbed shortly before the end.

Substitutions

  • César Azpilicueta
    110
    120
    2.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Replace Hazard in added time.

  • John Obi Mikel
    178
    105
    2.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Helped Chelsea protect their point for the last four minutes.

  • Fernando Torres
    292
    149
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    Had a few good runs but his threat diminished the closer he got to the penalty box.

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
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0