PLAYER REVIEWS: Aaron Wan-Bissaka proves his worth in attack and defense, but Michy Batshuayi fails to take his chance while Manchester United wins vital Premier League victory at Chelsea
- Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire earned the victory of Manchester United at Chelsea
- The hosts had two controversially excluded goals by VAR in the second half
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka impressed the visitors but hosts Pedro struggled in front
Manchester United closed the gap in fourth place Chelsea to three points with a dominant win over Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire.
Signing Bruno Fernandes in January had a hand in the second goal and was impressed with younger Brandon Williams, but Jorginho and Pedro were poor for the hosts.
SAMI MOKBEL from Sportsmail carries the rule over all players from the Stamford Bridge collision.
Manchester United won a major victory over Chelsea with Harry Maguire in second place
Willy Caballero – 6
A third consecutive start for Kepa but still has to keep a clean slate.
Reece James – 6.5
Largely defensive and offered dangerous momentum in the attacking third.
The young right back Reece James was healthy in defense for Chelsea and offered an offensive outlet
Andreas Christensen – 5.5
Did well to find his way in Lampard’s plans, but lost Martial to the opener of United.
Antonio Rudiger – 6
Solid enough for the Blues – but crucial lost Maguire for the vital second goal of United. Booked.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 6
Stable performance of the Blues skipper in the heat of battle.
N’Golo Kante – 5
An early injury. Must be a doubt for the vital matches against Spurs and Bayern Munich.
Influential midfielder N’Golo Kante only took 12 minutes before he sustained a leg injury
Jorginho – 6.5
Keep things well in the midfield of Chelsea without being spectacular.
Mateo Kovacic – 7
Dogged performance. I didn’t give United an inch and drove the Blues forward.
Willian – 5.5
A frustrating evening for the Brazilian. In the run-up to United’s first surpassed by Wan-Bissaka. Booked.
Pedro – 6
Has taken dangerous positions but has not threatened United often enough. Booked.
Michy Batshuayi – 6
Missed a golden opportunity early in the first half. Flashes but too inconsistent.
Michy Batshuayi was given the opportunity to lead the way and could not make an impact
Subs: Mount 6.5 (Side 12); Zouma 6 booked (Christensen 46); Giroud 6.5 (Batshuayi 68)
Subs not used: Kepa, Alonso, Barkley, Tomori
Frank Lampard: Cut a frustrated figure … again. Is his young side running empty at the wrong time? 6
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard may be concerned that his young team is running out of steam
MANCHESTER UNITED (3-4-1-2)
David de Gea – 6
Mostly worried despite the fact that Chelsea dominated the early stages of this encounter.
Eric Bailly – 7
He made a number of decisive interceptions to play his role in keeping Chelsea at his first start of the season.
Eric Bailly made a successful return for Manchester United at his first start of the season
Harry Maguire – 7
Fortunately to escape a red card for lashing at Batshuayi and rubbing salt into the wounds of Chelsea by scoring the second.
Luke Shaw – 7
Grew up in the game after an understandably cautious start in an unorthodox position in the center back.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7.5
Solid at the back and produced a brilliant run and cross to set up Martial’s header. Booked.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka delivered a man-of-the-match display at the back right and assisted the opener
Fred – 7
Energetic in a crowded midfield. Becoming an increasingly influential figure for Solskjaer. Booked.
Nemanja Matic – 7
Offers United’s triple defense sufficient protection on his return to Stamford Bridge.
Nemanja Matic was effective as a midfield shield when he helped win the victory over his former club
Brandon Williams – 6.5
The young grows in stature and confidence. Never nervous during a big night in the bridge. Booked.
Bruno Fernandes – 6.5
A slow start when United struggled to get the ball to him. But his influence grew.
Then James – 6
Provides a few clear moments, but Chelsea, in general, dealt well with the Welshman threat.
After a few clear moments, Daniel James was largely stopped by the defense of Chelsea
Anthony Martial – 7
Took his goal brilliantly but was largely anonymous to his excellent header.
Subs: Pereira (James 80); Ighalo (Martial 90); Dalot (Fernandes 90)
Subs not used: Romero, Jones, Mata, Greenwood
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – This feels like a great result for United. Thanks to the Norwegian for his call for a back-three. 7
Referee: Anthony Taylor – A bad night for the civil servant and his VAR colleagues. Their decisions cost Chelsea dear. 5.5
MOM: Wan Bissaka
Aside from scoring the opening goal, Anthony Martial was anonymous in front of the visitors