An electric performance was delivered unto Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the Premier League as Manchester United managed to outclass Chelsea and win the game 4-0.
A promising opening spell from the Blues showed strong possession and shots hitting the woodwork, but ever since Marcus Rashford scored from a penalty, the Red Devils didn’t look back.
The second-half was a goal-fest as Anthony Martial made it 2-0 with Rashford responding with his second just over ninety seconds later. Daniel James completed the quartet with a splendid debut goal of his own.
Let us have a look at how the Red Devils fared on the night:
David De Gea – 8.8
Ace shot-stopping from the Spaniard. Was thorough in his methods on the seven occasions that he was forced to save the ball by Chelsea.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 8.2
The Spider was in his tackling best against Chelsea. Strong in his recoveries, fluid in his interceptions and quick in his flank runs, Old Trafford has a new fan-favorite.
Victor Lindelof – 7.2
Was prone to quite a few mistakes early on and wasn’t as disciplined as his fellow centre-back, but will nevertheless be happy about the cleansheet.
Harry Maguire – 8.5
Precisely what United have been missing. The spitting image of a modern centre-back. Was particularly troublesome in the opponent’s half during set-pieces and corners.
Luke Shaw- 6.5
Seemed less speedy than usual and appeared to be nursing an injury. Could do better.
Scott McTominay – 6.8
Caught out by the Chelsea midfield on many occasions, particularly in the first half and needs to work on his discipline.
Paul Pogba – 8.0
Two assists and a clear head, the Frenchman was a silent threat throughout the game. The more midfield oriented Pogba may be a better bet than the offensive one. Time will tell.
Jesse Lingard – 6.7
Seemed to have a tough time catching up with his pacey peers. Needs to be a more versatile presence up-front. Possibly United’s weakest offensive link.
Andreas Periera- 7.2
Merited the start but needs to work on his passing as 73% pass success rate is not good enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s style of play.
Marcus Rashford – 8.5
With two goals under his belt, Rashford was easily the man of the match. A matured forward presence and the fluidity across the frontline adds a new dimension to Solskjaer’s offense.
Anthon Martial – 8.0
Did his number proud yet again. Was a constant threat and ought to be deployed here more often.
Daniel James – 8.0
Dream debut. A Welshman running down United’s wings and scoring a goal is the stuff that cements Old Trafford’s position as the Theatre of Dreams.
Mason Greenwood – 6.0
Was brought on too late to make an impact but can slowly adjust to what is expected of him.
Juan Mata – 6.0
The Spaniard certainly had fun against his former club.