The story changed late as Diego Costa pulled Chelsea level in injury time, but here we look at the full body of work. Who stood out and who didn’t?
GK Thibaut Courtois: 7 – Forced into a number of early saves, including a spectacular one on Anthony Martial.
RB Branislav Ivanovic: 6 – Beat consistently by Martial in the opening 20 minutes.
CB John Terry: 6 – Got little face time, which is good for a center-back. Had a skillful volley that hit the hand of Blind. Proved vulnerable to low, driven crosses.
CB Kurt Zouma: 5 – Was a bit off his game until suffering a gruesome leg injury.
LB Cesar Azpilicueta: 5 – Had nothing going forward and was defending Lingard on United’s goal.
CM Nemanja Matic: 4 – Wasteful going forward, erratic on the ball, and terrible in the air. Did not even record an attempted tackle. Removed with 23 minutes to go.
CM John Obi Mikel: 6 – Distributed the ball forward quite well for a player known for his defensive presence.
LW Oscar: 5 – Totally invisible against Matteo Darmian, yanked for Hazard.
CM Cesc Fabregas: 5 – Seemed overshadowed by Juan Mata in the first half, but came back to be somewhat of a lynchpin in the second 45. Still, was relatively invisible in the attacking third outside of his shot in the 72nd minute.
RW Willian: 8 – Put young Borthwick-Jackson on roller skates and was a spark plug for the Chelsea offense once they got going.
ST Diego Costa: 7 – Had little service for much of the match, but made a perfect run and torched Borthwick-Jackson on his late goal.
Eden Hazard: 5 – Equally as ineffective as Oscar against Darmian, who had an outstanding game.
Gary Cahill – 5 – Let Borthwick-Jackson’s cross go right by him on Lingard’s goal. Little action otherwise.
Pedro – N/A
GK David De Gea: 8 – Was a brick wall in goal, preserving the lead on a shot from Cesc Fabregas with 19 minutes to go. Will wish he stayed home on Costa’s goal, instead of getting mixed up with Borthwick-Jackson.
RB Matteo Darmian: 8 – Was ever-present up the right side, bombing forward to provide support. Defensively, recorded a whopping seven successful tackles, locking down Oscar and forcing Hiddink to replace the Brazilian with Hazard, who was also ineffective.
CB Chris Smalling: 6 – Distribution was poor but defended well in the box.
CB Daley Blind: 5 – Had a few poor corners, but his distribution was effective out of the back. Total brain fart on Costa’s goal, leaving his mark to try and jump the Fabregas pass; failed miserably.
LB Cameron Borthwick-Jackson: 4 – Really struggled to contain Willian early, but blocked a few crosses and served in the cross that led to United’s goal. Attempted a weak tackle one-on-one with Costa on Chelsea’s late goal.
CM Marouane Fellaini: 6 – Influential in the first half with his powerful presence, but faded through the second half and was substituted.
CM Michael Carrick: 7 – Had an outstanding first half in the middle allowing Fellaini to push up and press hard. Like Fellaini, also faded as the game went on and Chelsea began to gain control.
CM Juan Mata: 7 – Was solid in the attack early, distributing to wide areas.
LW Anthony Martial: 7 – Was crucial to the early pressure from United in both halves, but wasted his best chance in the 50th minute dragging a close-range shot wide.
RW Jesse Lingard: 7 – Stunning turn and shot for United’s first goal. Was active for much of the 90.
ST Wayne Rooney: 6 – Was relatively invisible in the first half. Forced a diving save from Courtois early in the 2nd half with a nice turn in space. Beautiful touch to assist Lingard’s goal.