Manchester United remain in the hunt for a top four spot, but chances to make up ground are slipping away. The Reds started brightly against Chelsea on Sunday, pinning the visitors back early and going ahead through a well-worked Juan Mata goal. Unfortunately, though, another David De Gea howler handed Chelsea a lifeline shortly before the break.
The 1-1 draw doesn’t do much for United in the fight for fourth. They’re still three points (and a lot of GD) behind Chelsea with only two Premier League matches left. Not impossible, but unlikely.
David De Gea: 4
Flawless for so long, the United keeper has fallen on hard times. DDG spilled Antonio Rudiger’s knuckling shot, allowing Marcos Alonso to equalize from a tight angle. Great (if unknowing) save to keep Gonzalo Higuain out at the death.
Ashley Young: 7
Surprising stuff from the captain. Kept Eden Hazard very quiet, denying Chelsea’s star-man any space to shoot from range. His corner to Bailly deserved a better finish from the Ivorian.
Victor Lindelof: 7
Did he put a foot wrong all game? Not much going forward, but the composed Lindelof played a big part in stifling Chelsea’s attack.
Eric Bailly: 6
Not bad for his first appearance in nearly two months. A nasty-looking knee injury put an early end to his day — and, perhaps, his season.
Luke Shaw: 8
Top-class in all phases. Adventured forward, but still resolute at the back. Shaw calmly cut the ball back across the box to set up Mata’s goal.
Ander Herrera: 7
A strong performance in his return from a hamstring injury. Great energy in closing down Hazard at every opportunity. Based on this match, Herrera will be sorely missed if off to Paris in the summer.
Nemanja Matic: 6
Better defensively, but still sorely off the pace with his passes. Matic offered no space to Chelsea attackers looking to uncork long-range shots.
Paul Pogba: 6
Faded after a bright start. No standout moment, but Pogba covered a ton of ground and kept the ball moving.
Juan Mata: 8
Scored the opener and pressed Chelsea high up the pitch. Just Mata’s third Premier League goal of the season, but it came at a great time.
Romelu Lukaku: 6
Deft chip to Shaw that set up Mata’s opener. Lukaku had a great chance of his own — but took too long on the ball. Still, it forced a good save from Kepa. Lukaku was everywhere early on, but noticeably tired in the second half.
Marcus Rashford: 5
Still struggling to convert his blazing speed into clear-cut scoring chances. Removed with an apparent shoulder injury shortly after the hour mark.
Alexis Sanchez (Sub, 65’): 5
Worked hard, but his neon boots made a bigger statement than his play.
Marcos Rojo (Sub, 71’): 5
Rojo lives on the edge. Nearly sent off (a horror tackle on Willian) and nearly scored the winner.
Scott McTominay (Sub, 81’): 7
Not on for long, but looked great. Outmuscled N’Golo Kante for the ball and blocked Hazard at point-blank range.