Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea
Chelsea trumped Manchester United to march their way into the FA Cup final where they meet their London neighbors Arsenal.
A horrid display from the Red Devils saw the game end 3-1, as Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount found their shots end up too easily at the back of the net. Harry Maguire extended his club’s misery with an own-goal and Bruno Fernandes’ perfectly-found penalty was arguably the only positive kick of the game for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side.
The teams had two very different games at Wembley.
David De Gea – 2.0
Horrible showing from the Spaniard who arguably let in three textbook goals into the back of his net. Mount’s goal, in particular, was a deflating blow for his side. Is Dean Henderson waiting close by?
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6.0
Couldn’t perform his erstwhile brilliant tackles to good effect and was cut-off from the flanks by Chelsea’s formation.
Eric Bailly – 5.8
Injured yet again and fans will be hoping it isn’t for a duration that past precedents have set for him.
Harry Maguire – 5.3
Botched up the defense with the own goal and missed what could have been a redemptive header from a corner-kick. Very poor from the captain.
Victor Lindelof – 6.3
Had his best contribution to the game with his forward run and penetrative passes into the box. Was woeful defensively.
Brandon Williams – 5.5
His mistake directly led to Mount’s goal and even the erstwhile sigh of relief that a loose attempt would be secured by the keeper was gut-wrenchingly denied to him. Couldn’t replace the trusty Luke Shaw.
Nemanja Matic – 6.0
Prone to many mistakes but was a stabilizing figure.
Fred – 6.0
Looked a lot like the player from the last campaign although he did attract several fouls in vital areas.
Bruno Fernandes – 7.5
The best United player on the pitch with his chances created in arguably their worst game in a long time. This was his first defeat since signing for the club and his tiredness didn’t prevent him from keeping his penalty-record perfect.
Daniel James – 5.5
A couple of well-spirited and well-timed runs but couldn’t fulfill the role of the striker in the first half.
Marcus Rashford – 6.0
Shockingly silent for much of the game and had United’s best failed outfield attempt to his name.
Anthony Martial – 5.8
Couldn’t create the cohesive partnership with Rashford that has come to be expected of him.
Mason Greenwood – 5.7
Played too safe and didn’t make a single shot, failing in the task that has come to be expected of him.
Odion Ighalo – 6.1
Arrived late and made a good run but couldn’t give much to the game.
Paul Pogba – 5.5
Prone to errors and fouls, Pogba lost the most possession in the game and is still yet to return to his peak.
Wilfredo Caballero – 6.6
Bit unfortunate for him to be denied the cleansheet due to Fernandes’ penalty. Disciplined game.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 8.0
Provided the crucial assist to Giroud’s opener, the speed of which is perhaps the only excuse that De Gea can be offered for his fatal early error. Created many chances.
Kurt Zouma – 6.9
Dominating presence but was unable to get much of the ball. Solid at the back.
Antonio Rudiger – 6.5
Kept getting into clashes and putting his entire body out there in a spirited physical display.
Reece James – 7.7
Solid outing for the youngster. Had the best passing numbers in the entire game with 95% accuracy.
Jorginho – 7.2
Had a very silent game for a possession-heavy Chelsea side with the joint-least amount of touches to his name.
Mateo Kovacic – 7.2
Impressive dribbling and passing and won several vital duels.
Marcos Alonso – 7.5
Very positive showing from the Spaniard who often choked what little creativity United could muster.
Willian – 6.7
Not as influential as Lampard would have hoped for him to be but got the job done nevertheless.
Olivier Giroud – 8.0
Announced as the man of the match even before the game was entirely done. His goal was a crucial bit of luck and the manner of his knack to pass back was simply excellent despite the several lost duels.
Mason Mount – 8.0
Vital goal in an attempt that forwards often slot just to test the keeper and this time he was on target and then some. A good goal after a long spell.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 4.5
Brought on to see the game off but ended up committing the foul that gave United the consolation goal.
Tammy Abraham – 6.1
Passed well during his few minutes on the pitch and nearly created an amazing chance.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Pedro Rodriguez – Brought on too late to make a tangible difference.