Manchester United vs. Chelsea: Player ratings

Alex Livesey

Rating the performances of Manchester United's players and manager following their 0-0 stalemate against Chelsea.

David de Gea 7

Had little to do but saved everything that came at him with ease and calmness, and did well to hold onto one of Oscar's shots and Gary Cahill's efforts.

Phil Jones 6

A surprise that he kept his place after some poor recent performances, but was improved in this game, where he hardly shone but did little wrong either.

Nemanja Vidic 7

Typically excellent, dealing with all threats almost before they became threats. Still the best defender in the Premier League.

Rio Ferdinand 7

Was less conspicuous than his partner Vidic, but still did little wrong all game and looked confident enough.

Patrice Evra 7

Looked back to his best form for some time, although was perhaps playing a slightly more restricted role. Was quite comfortable at guarding his position defensively, but didn't find the time to get forward as much.

Michael Carrick 5

Kept things ticking as always but showed too little ambition in a game where United needed to up their creativity. Gave the ball away one or twice in dangerous areas but went unpunished thanks to the incompetence of his opponents.

Tom Cleverley 6

See Phil Jones. Much improved after recent poor displays, using his energy in the middle of the pitch far more efficiently, although still could've done with finding some more inventive passes.

Wayne Rooney 6

Started poorly and his passing in the first half was extremely wayward, but improved somewhat as the game went on. Didn't look like he couldn't be bothered to be there, which counts as an improvement these days.

Antonio Valencia 5

Reminiscent of his performance in the second Champions League final against Barcelona, running around and fouling everybody very effectively (made easier by a shocking game from Martin Atkinson) but forgot to play football. Wasted one promising break with a poor pass and in general didn't contribute to United's attacking play enough.

Danny Welbeck 5

Largely ineffective, failing to make the ball stick up front as he has done recently, wasting his one good chance when it came, and not even being one of our more effective pressers. Disappointing considering his recent displays.

Robin van Persie 6

Didn't get any chances to score, but was disappointingly uninvolved considering how much possession United have. Ought to have done more to get on the ball, but United's entire frontline was more rigid than usual.

David Moyes 6

Waited far too long to get Ryan Giggs on, and perhaps should've opted for Shinji Kagawa too. Starting all three strikers perhaps not the worst decision, although United then lacked for a real impact substitute. Antonio Valencia was on the pitch for too long, as was Tom Cleverley. Phil Jones had improved but should really have lost his place. Overall, disappointingly negative, although not as much as Chelsea were.

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