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EPL 2017/18: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United, Player Ratings

Greg Lea
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Chelsea put in a scintillating performance at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea put in a scintillating performance at Stamford Bridge

Alvaro Morata's header from Cesar Azpilicueta's cross brought Chelsea a vital three points against Manchester United.

Antonio Conte's side bounced back from last week's 3-0 defeat to Roma to move level on points with the Red Devils.

Here's how the players fared at Stamford Bridge:


Thibaut Courtois - 8/10

Courtois did not have a great deal to do in terms of saving shots on Sunday, but did make good stops off strikes from Lukaku and Fellaini. The Belgian was also excellent at coming off his line and claiming crosses.

Cesar Azpilicueta - 8/10

Azpilicueta was back to his best in this game and recorded his fifth assist of the season - more than any other defender in the Premier League. It was a delicious cross for Morata. Moreover, the Spaniard was also solid at the back.

Andreas Christensen - 8.5/10

A surprise inclusion as David Luiz was left out of the matchday squad for tactical reasons, Christensen was terrific in the middle of Chelsea's back three. Composed in possession and astute in his reading of the game, the Dane helped the champions record a clean sheet.


Gary Cahill - 7/10

Cahill delivered a solid performance to help Chelsea get back on track. The captain was strong in the tackle when he needed to be and was rarely caught out of position.

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Cahill was solid at the centre of defence

Davide Zappacosta - 6/10

Zappacosta was a little wasteful in possession when pushing forward, but he showed good stamina to get up and down the right flank to try and contribute in both departments.

N'Golo Kante - 8/10

Chelsea are not the same team without Kante and they looked a great deal stronger as he returned to the starting XI here. The Frenchman's combination of dynamism, speed and reading of the game helped him win three tackles and make two interceptions.

Cesc Fabregas - 9/10

Fabregas was key to Chelsea's victory. The former Arsenal man used the ball brilliantly and was typically creative in possession, helping the Blues dominate the midfield.

Tiemoue Bakayoko - 6/10

Bakayoko made some dangerous runs from midfield, including in the build-up to Morata's goal. He was, however, profligate with his finishing and inconsistent with his passing.

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Bakayoko struggled in the midfield

Marcos Alonso - 7/10

Alonso was a little quieter than usual, but he still had an effect in attack with his galloping runs and provision of width. He was not caught out defensively, either.

Eden Hazard - 8/10

Hazard's elusive running and tricky footwork caused problems for United all afternoon. His low centre of gravity makes him a difficult opponent, and he helped create chances for his team-mates.

Alvaro Morata - 8/10

Morata took his goal brilliantly, directing a header out of De Gea's reach and into the corner of the net. His movement was fantastic and he showed great strength against United's centre-halves.

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Morata's goal gave Chelsea the three points


Antonio Rudiger - 6/10

Chelsea shut the game down impressively in the second half, and Rudiger deserves credit for the role he played. The defender helped to keep the likes of Lukaku and Rashford quiet.

Danny Drinkwater - 6/10

Drinkwater helped to shore up the midfield as Chelsea held on for the win.

Willian - N/A

Willian was introduced in the closing stages to offer speed on the counter-attack.

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Greg Lea is a London-based freelance football writer for The National, FourFourTwo and various others. Follow him on Twitter: @GregLeaFootball.
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