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Rating Man United's performance vs Chelsea based on 4 key factors

Rating Man United's performance vs Chelsea based on 4 key factors
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Manchester United put up a tough fight to draw 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Both sides settled for a point each, meaning the 12-point gap between them remains intact.

It was far from a perfect performance but there's plenty to talk about. Let's get into it:

Tactics

When the starting XI was announced, fans were in a meltdown to see Cristiano Ronaldo benched against the Premier League leaders.

Jadon Sancho started instead along with Marcus Rashford on the opposite wing. And Bruno Fernandes played as a false nine.

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In the first half, United had only 28% possession till the 20-minute mark and were yet to have a touch in the Chelsea box.

Edouard Mendy was chilling in his spot while David De Gea had to pull off a series of stunning saves to deny the home side (more on that later).

The midfield comprising of Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay seemed unable to get the ball through to our attackers. Not to mention, we lost possession numerous times, allowing the Blues to exploit our gaps and test De Gea.

After the break, Ronaldo came on for Sancho shortly after the winger scored United's only goal of the game. Jesse Lingard also came on for Rashy while Donny van de Beek replaced Bruno.

The changes didn't help our attack as we struggled to create chances throughout the game. That said, the defence and midfield showed significant improvements as United managed to get away with conceding just one goal through a penalty.

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It's worth noting that although Chelsea had more shots on target than us, United were more effective with fewer opportunities.

Tactics score - 5/10

Defence

Kudos to Eric Bailly for putting up the best performance among our defenders of the evening.

He made some crucial blocks and tackles and managed not to put the ball into his own net.

Alex Telles did a good job as well and his attacking contribution is evident as most of our attacks were down the left flank.

Victor Lindelof started shakily but overcame his struggles as the game wore on. And full points to De Gea for making at least 4-5 good saves to keep Chelsea from scoring more goals. If not for him, we'd be down by at least two goals in the first half.

The biggest vulnerability at the back was Aaron Wan-Bissaka, however. Darren Fletcher was on his case throughout the game and he not only gave the ball away cheaply but was also responsible for the penalty which led to Jorginho's equaliser.

Wan-Bissaka made a couple of good blocks in the second half but that's not enough to overturn his mistakes.

Defence score - 6/10

Finishing

The few opportunities we got could have been handled a lot better if we're being really honest.

Full points to Sancho for his composed finish during the strike but that's about it.

In the first half, United barely threatened Mendy and even when we did in the second half, nothing really came off it. The shots were either saved or wide, as was the case with Bruno.

There was an opportunity for Fred to potentially assist the winning goal but it was simply not meant to be.

Finishing score - 4/10

Team Spirit

For a side that has no permanent manager and is currently lost in transition, that wasn't a bad performance by any means.

Bruno was the captain and he appeared to do his best in terms of motivating the rest of the players.

To be fair, United showed their intent and desire after the break. They simply refused to let Chelsea score more than the one goal they got and stuck to their guns till the end. That's a promising sign especially when you consider how poorly we started the game.

Given how shambolic our defence has been (remember losing 4-1 to Watford?), that is an achievement in itself.

Team Spirit score - 6/10

Overall score - 6/10

Source: Tribuna.com