David De Gea: 7/10
Not much to do today, and watched his defenders put in a very good shift ahead of him. He did do quite a bit of yelling and on-pitch defensive management, which apparently worked. Chelsea with only one shot on target today.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 8/10
Fantastic, sharp defending again from Wan-Bissaka, just unable to make an impact in possession. Chelsea looked dangerous for about 20 minutes early, but still never got that close.
Victor Lindelof: 9/10
Victor Lindelof has taken criticism of his game in stride, and put in a great performance today. His partnership with Maguire was solid again, and he even got forward a couple times to show off his underrated on the ball ability. Positive performance from someone who United need to raise their game.
Harry Maguire: 8/10
Solid display from Maguire. Never really looked uncomfortable today, and formed a solid partnership with Lindelof again. Organized, strong, decisive defending today. Might have conceded a penalty for his physical defending of Azpilicueta on a set piece, but VAR didn’t deem it a penalty.
Luke Shaw: 7/10
Similar to Wan-Bissaka, solid defensively but didn’t offer much going forward. However, unlike Wan-Bissaka, that is supposed to be something Shaw offers. Communication breakdown with the attackers a couple times. Still, defense is his first job, and Chelsea rarely threatened. .
Not the best showing from Fred today. He and McTominay were again a good support system in midfield for the backline, but his forward passing and contributions in attacking possessions were severely lacking. Gave the ball away a few times, and wasted some potential counter attacking opportunities.
Scott McTominay: 6/10
Not quite as wasteful as Fred, but passing still not one of McTominay’s best attributes. A good defensive screen, but ineffective in attacking support.
Juan Mata: 7/10
Did well to try and get involved today, and was probably United’s most stable midfielder today. Good movement and interplay, set up a great chance for Rashford, and was the best passer on the pitch. Bit of a surprise to come out when he did.
Bruno Fernandes: 5/10
Surprisingly insignificant showing from United’s no. 10. Had a shot from range saved easily, didn’t offer much else. Moved out wide when Pogba came out and became even less involved.
Daniel James: 3/10
Not the game for him. Wasteful on the counter, and not the decisive attacker that United needed on the wings for this one. Has to get better on breakaway opportunities if he wants to stay a United player.
Marcus Rashford: 7/10
Rashford looked motivated today, and came the closest to getting a goal for the Red Devils. Probably should have done better with a chance through on Mendy, and curled in a powerful strike late that was again denied by the new Chelsea goalkeeper.
Edinson Cavani: 5/10
Missed on a chance with his first touch, but didn’t get much going after that.
Paul Pogba: 6/10
Came in at a good time to influence the game, but wasn’t able to do so effectively. Some good passing and delivery, but no end product.
Mason Greenwood: 4/10
Not an effective sub. Wasteful a couple times.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 5/10
Organization was great, defensive planning worked perfectly, and yet United find themselves disappointed with the result. A clean sheet was a positive sign for the defense, but starting Daniel James and a Fred-McTominay midfield hindered attacking opportunities. Perhaps looking ahead to a big game against RB Leipzig on Wednesday, but this game was there for the taking, and United couldn’t do it.