Chelsea vs. Manchester United: Live Player Ratings

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJanuary 19, 2014

Chelsea's John Terry plays against Crystal Palace during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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David Moyes' Manchester United have had a torrid start to 2014, but just a week after securing their first victory over the year against Swansea City, they must travel to Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho has this Chelsea side playing extremely effective football—attacking with pace and venom with game-winners everywhere, yet solid as a rock in defence.

Without Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, can the Red Devils achieve the seemingly impossible?

Check in here for live player ratings for both sides—updated at half-time and full-time!

Chelsea XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
Petr CechGK77
Branislav IvanovicRB66
Gary CahillCB78
John TerryCB88
Cesar AzpilicuetaLB67
David LuizDM66
Eden HazardLW78
Samuel Eto’oST910
John Obi MikelDMN/A6
Fernando TorresSTN/AN/A
Nemanja MaticDMN/AN/A


United XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
David De GeaGK76
Jonny EvansCB66
Nemanja VidicCB44
Patrice EvraLB55
Phil JonesDM56
Michael CarrickDM77
Antonio ValenciaRM66
Ashley YoungLM55
Adnan JanuzajAMC87
Danny WelbeckST66
Chris SmallingRBN/A6
Javier HernandezSTN/A7


Chelsea XI

Petr Cech: Made several strong saves to keep his side's sheet clean in the first half. One moment of madness excused, he was solid.

Branislav Ivanovic: Decent game from the Serbian, though not outstanding in any way.

Gary Cahill: Dealt with aerial assault well, made strong clearances. Assisted Samuel Eto'o's second goal.

John Terry: Excellent positioning for crosses, unflappable overall.

Cesar Azpilicueta: Tested and tormented, but didn't yielded. Another good showing on the wrong side.

Ramires: Decent leading charges from deep in midfield.

David Luiz: Threw himself around robustly, but it wasn't his finest game at all.

Willian: Superb in surging from deep and distributing. Very tidy in possession, hard worker out of it.

Oscar: Dropping deep to collect ball, helping to create chances and is balancing the formation.

Eden HazardLooked electric when given the ball, just didn't see much of it. United were very wary of him.

Samuel Eto’o: Chelsea's hat-trick hero. Opportunistic is the word.


United XI

David De Gea: Should have done better for Eto'o's second goal, but solid overall.

Rafael: A menace going forward, dealt with Hazard as best he could. Was switched to left-back in the second half and did OK. Should have been sent off in the last minute.

Jonny Evans: The better of the two centre-backs, decent in possession.

Nemanja Vidic: A poor game for Vidic. Shoddy when filtering wide, dropped the ball for Eto'o's second. Sent off late on.

Patrice Evra: A non-entity going forward, unsure in defence.

Antonio Valencia: Combined with Rafael well and penetrated the box, but no end-product to be found.

Michael CarrickVery strong in possession and tidy on the ball. A rare plus-point.

Phil Jones: His first game back and it showed. Rusty, slow and let Eto'o go for the opener. Good positioning for United's sole strike, though.

Ashley Young: Started with gusto, but missed a great chance and got booked in the first half. Subbed later.

Adnan Januzaj: The brightest of United's XI. Has created two great chances inside the box and looked tidy overall.

Danny Welbeck: Played OK, strong on the ball and dropping in, but didn't show the predatory instinct needed.