Manchester United began their Premier League campaign in emphatic fashion earlier today, thrashing Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford.
In all honesty, the scoreline is perhaps a little harsh on Frank Lampard’s side, who were the better team for large parts. However, having already been one up at the break, United killed the game off in a two-minute spell just before the hour mark, when Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford made the Blues pay for some lax defending.
Anyway, let’s get down to business and see how the players rated…
De Gea 7
Probably needed a strong showing after a poor season by his own high standards last time out and he got it. Several solid stops, with a trademark save with his feet from Barkley in the first-half the standout.
A really impressive Old Trafford debut from the £50 million full-back who gave nothing away defensively and got forward well on several occasions.
Maguire 8 (MOTM)
Rock solid at the back, and cool and composed with the ball at his feet. Manchester United fans will be delighted to finally have a defender who inspires confidence when in possession.
Harry Maguire vs Chelsea:
Most clearances (7)
Most interceptions (4)
Most blocks (2)
1 clean sheet
— utdreport (@utdreport) August 11, 2019
Won his battle with Abraham, and looked really comfortable playing beside the £80 million man.
Decent in both attack and defence, although it’s hard to shake the feeling that he could offer a lot more going forward in particular.
Brought huge work-rate and showed he can spray the ball around when needed.
Looked like a player who didn’t want to be there for large parts of the first period. However, started to show his class after the break, playing a wonderful through ball for Rashford’s second and providing another assist for James late strike.
Composed in possession and showed intelligent movement at times, without ever really threatening in the final third.
It seemed to yet another game that was passing the young Brazilian by until he put in a peach of a cross for United’s crucial second goal.
Looked nervous in the opening exchanges, before expertly smashing home the opener from the penalty spot. Really came alive during the second half as the game opened up and his first touch and finish for United’s third was sublime.
Looked decent through the middle and capped off an encouraging display with a strikers finish.
A dream debut for the young Welshman, who showed his electric pace before netting his first goal for his new club.
Hard to fault the Spaniard for any of United’s goals, although it’s never good a good look for a keeper to concede four times from five shots on target.
A day to forget to the usually reliable full-back. So often a model of consistency, the Blues stalwart was caught out badly for goals two and three.
César Azpilicueta lost possession 22 times against Man Utd, more than any other Chelsea player.
Caught out far too often in the second half. 😨 pic.twitter.com/i9djSXwTah
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 11, 2019
Started well, but seemed to lose his composure badly during the second period as United turned the screw.
Looked a shadow of the player that impressed at Everton last term. Started with a sloppy pass that should have been more severely punished and his clumsy challenge on Rashford gave away the spot-kick for the opener.
Suspect defensively, although the Brazilian was a real threat going forward, rattling the post and forcing de Gea into several decent stops.
For 60 minutes, Chelsea dominated the midfield area and Jorginho was its heartbeat, showing his excellent reading of the game and passing range.
Much like Jorginho was really good for large parts, but wilted like the rest of his teammates after United’s second and third goals.
Worked tirelessly, although the experienced attacker was strangely lax in possession on too many occasions.
Picked the wrong option when in good positions during the first half, and that will inevitably lead to questions about whether – the neat tidiness aside – he is ready to cut it at the top level.
Unlucky to be substituted as he had looked like Chelsea’s best-attacking player for large parts.
Smacked the post with an excellent effort early on. The youngster will need to massively improve on his hold up play if he is to prove himself at the elite level, however.
Unable to stem the tide after his late introduction.
Started brightly, before fading into obscurity.
Tried to offer himself as a focal point, but to no avail.