Didier Drogba and Thibaut Courtois excelled as Manchester United were lucky enough to snatch a late equalizer against Chelsea and grab a point. Unfortunately, Chelsea again conceded a late goal like they did against Man City and Crystal Palace in earlier rounds of English Premier League.
Chelsea paid the price for their over cautious approach in the latter stage of the game against United and were robbed by the referee on many occasions especially in the final minute, when Branislav Ivanovic was sent off and Fellaini got the free header to help Van Persie score the goal.
Here are the player ratings for the Chelsea players:
Thibaut Courtois: Rating – 9/10 (MOTM)
The young Belgian was on top form against Manchester United, who were desperate to score goals. He was composed while collecting the crosses, and he made regular saves and catches without a sign of flinching. Looked cool and composed as ever throughout and will be thoroughly disappointed to have conceded at the death.
Branislav Ivanovic: Rating – 7/10
He was marking Fellaini during set-pieces and was unfortunate to have been harshly judged by the referee for two yellow cards, which were soft fouls. An eventful game for the Serbian, in which he had a legitimate-looking penalty appeal turned down in the first half in a tussle with Smalling. He did come close to scoring in the second half after a forward burst, however, his sending-off in stoppage-time ultimately led Chelsea to a draw.
Gary Cahill: Rating – 7/10
Cahill had a strong game, and he was in good form throughout. He was assured and decisive in his defending. His firm defensive exhibition kept Robin van Persie out for most part of the match. Was unlucky to miss out on the clean-sheet.
John Terry: Rating – 7/10
He was a threat in the opposite penalty box and was denied a penalty. He marshaled the defense well but could have taken a few seconds to explain the marking role to the other players on the pitch after Ivanovic was sent off. He had a decent game in terms of rising to the challenge raised by United’s striking force.
Filipe Luis: Rating – 8/10
Competent for the most part on his first Premier League start. He had a great responsibility replacing Cesar Azpiliceuta in the left back position who is serving three match ban. Proved himself a great threat going forward, and he had some great blocks and tackles in the defensive areas.
Nemanja Matic: Rating – 8/10
He was able to put in another decent performance, showing strength in midfield and helping out in defense when required and had a strong game as he was dominant in the midfield as he was there to react whenever there was a threat in the midfield. He regularly dispossessed Di Maria and other attacking midfielders very efficiently. Victim of another referee booking flowing towards Chelsea.
Cesc Fabregas: Rating – 7/10
He seemed in control for the match and performed well throughout the game in his cautious role. He was involved in all the moves which boosted the tempo for the goal against United. He was defensively conscious.
Oscar: Rating – 7/10
Oscar had a decent game, and he was good on the ball and worked very hard without it as well. He showed glimpses of flair and enjoyed his time against Rafael and other defenders. Gave his all, constantly looking to create, before being withdrawn midway through the second half for Mikel to make his way.
Hazard: Rating – 8/10
He proved himself to be Chelsea’s most dangerous player in this squad. Hazard was the one who was running mazes through the Manchester United defense. He has been in great form in recent times, and he has been playing very well. Hazard was also booked and was unfairly judged.
Willian: Rating – 8/10
Willian displayed his Brazilian skills in a box to box role and had a tough shot on target from distance, and his influence was strong in the central midfield region as he ran his heart out. He created chances from scratch as he was able to accelerate at will and had a decent match.
Drogba: Rating – 8.5/10
The Chelsea legend was in great form when he headed the corner into the net, to give Chelsea the lead. He managed to bully defenders and was too huge for Rafael during the set pieces. He has been struggling to play for full 90 minutes considering his health constraints. However, he was quite strong last night at Old Trafford. He repaid Mourinho’s faith in him, and showed fans that he can still play at the top level when he is nearing his full fitness. He is a proper striker and can fight for the first team place. He showed that he cannot be written off at 36, marking his first Premier League start since his return to Chelsea.
Edited By: Harshal Ahire