Man United 4-0 Chelsea: Match Analysis, Key Points and Player Ratings

Man United vs Chelsea: Match Analysis, key points and player ratings

Manchester United starts off their new Premier League campaign with a stunning performance as they demolish Chelsea 4-0

The theatre of dreams, Old Trafford, was all packed for this glorious opening day fixture, as Man United were hosts to Chelsea. The game ended in an overwhelming victory for the Red. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were on the score sheet before Daniel James, making his debut, put an icing on the cake with a fine first goal for Man United.

Man United vs Chelsea: Match Analysis and Summary

Manchester United were coming into this fixture with huge expectations. The new record signing Harry Maguire had all eyes on him as he faced a big responsibility at his new club. On the other hand, Chelsea was coming into this game weaker than last season. With the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, the Blues faced a tough job finding his replacement, with Pulisic coming in to fill his boots. More significantly, the Chelsea side was under the management of their club legend, Frank Lampard, making his Premier League debut as the manager.

Rashford goal vs Chelsea
Rashford strikes the penalty firm and beyond Kepa to score United’s first

The game wasn’t didn’t start as brightly as the fans hoped. Man United managed to draw first blood as Rashford was brought down in the penalty area, bestowing United a golden chance to take an early lead. Rashford stepped up and fired the ball into the back of the net, much to the joy of United supporters.

Besides the penalty goal, the game was scrappy for the most part. It was often being disrupted and broken down with consistent fouls being conceded by both sides.

The scoreline remained 1-0 in the favour of Manchester United, and Frank Lampard faced a huge task turning things around. It was a real test of how he adapts to this pressure and manages his tactics to turn the scoreline in favour of Chelsea.

However, United turned the screws in the second half. They came into the second half with full determination and a positive mindset. They continued to attack as Rashford, Lingaard, Pogba and Martial were all involved in some tantalizing gameplay, causing Chelsea’s defence and midfield all sorts of problems. The Blues seemed awfully puzzled and there seemed to be no coordination among the players. This situation prevailed for a longer duration and finally, Manchester United were able to score their second as Martial managed the squeeze the ball under Kepa’s legs.

Anthony Martial goal vs Chelsea
Rashford and Martial celebrate as Martial scores United’s second

The second goal killed Chelsea’s spirits and situation exacerbated for them further just moments later. Pogba’s superb ball over the top of Chelsea’s defence was delicately controlled by Rashford who then placed it neatly into the net. At 3-0, the game was done and dusted and United was quite literally just playing with ease and comfort.

On the flip side, Chelsea was slow and seemed demotivated. There was no real pace, neither in passes nor in movement. Their balls were becoming too predictable and passes were being intercepted by Man United players. There was no coordination and they posed no threat to United whatsoever.

With United having complete control of the game, they managed to hit 4th. They caught Chelsea on the counter attack as Pogba dashed through Chelsea’s defence before slipping the pass to the debut maker, Daniel James. James only had one thought in his mind and he smashed the ball towards the goal, which took a slight deflection and ended into the back of the net. James celebrated this goal, full of passion and emotion, and dedicated it to his late father.

The match ended 4-0 for Man United, giving fans plenty to cheer about. Meanwhile Chelsea faces an uphill task in changing things around. Because if they don’t, this might turn out to be a very long season for them.

Man United vs Chelsea: Key Points

Daniel James goal vs Chelsea
Daniel James scores on his Premier League debut for Man United
  • Man United have improved a lot over the last season. There are some shortcomings, but there’s a lot of positivity in their game-play, as opposed to previous seasons
  • Wan-Bissaka can be a real force for United
  • Maguire was rock solid in this match for United. Him and Lindelof could well form the partnership to end long term defensive woes of United
  • Pogba looked well and showed played with his heart. Could he live up to his potential at United following this display?
  • United’s front can spell a lot of trouble for the opposition players. Consistency will be key for United
  • Chelsea have a lot of things to improve upon. The players looked dejected mentally after conceding the second, and never recovered since then
  • Lampard must sort out things to make Chelsea more coordinated. Unlike United, Chelsea players were all over the pitch and there seemed to be no chemistry between the players.
  • The Blues were quite slow in moving the ball. There were numerous occasions when they played a weak pass which was intercepted
  • Chelsea needs an explosive player who can replace Hazard. Currently, with the pace of Chelsea’s offense, they do not look likely to threaten any opposition

Man United vs Chelsea: Player Ratings

Daniel James goal vs Chelsea
A moment to relish: Daniel James celebrates after scoring his first goal for Manchester United, on his premier league debut

Man United Player Ratings

De Gea (7), Wan-Bissaka (7), Lindelof (7), Maguire (8.5), Shaw (6), McTominay (6.5), Andreas (6), Pogba (7), Lingard (7), Rashford (7.5), Martial (6.5), James (6.5), Greenwood (N/A), Mata (N/A)

Chelsea Player Ratings

Kepa (5), Azpilicueta (3), Christensen (5), Zouma (3), Emerson (6), Jorginho (6.5), Kovacic (6), Pedro (5), Mount (5.5), Barkley (4), Abraham (4), Pulisic (4), Giroud (3), Kante (5)

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