Ratings: Herrera good, Smalling bad, among others in Chelsea humiliation

Manchester United slumped to a 4-0 defeat against Chelsea that ended an unbeaten run that looked like it could last for a while yet. United was poor on the day, giving away the ball, and everything from the team selections to the player mentality was completely off. The last I can remember United losing by four goals was against Manchester City when United spurned the title, which is the best example of just how poor the side was on the day.

The defeat proves that there are players who need to be replaced at this football club, and I’ve gone so far as to make a list. At the moment, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney are doing nothing to be a part of this football club, and Jesse Lingard and Chris Smalling are on the brink of going down to that level too. It is time to reinvest this club into youth and energy, and there are so many fringe youth players dying to get a chance that the above players don’t look like they are too fussed about.

I am tired of watching a United side that doesn’t look like it wants to succeed. Mourinho is continually persisting with brawn over brain, defending over attacking in key moments when the side looks far better with fluid football. Fenerbahce, Leicester City, and Stoke were dispatched comfortably on the pitch but Mourinho decided to instead bottle up all the talent in this side against Liverpool and Chelsea.

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly (Rojo 52′), Smalling, Blind; Fellaini (Mata 45′), Herrera; Lingard (Martial 65′), Pogba, Rashford; Ibrahimovic

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Darmian; Carrick, Young

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Made a couple of decent saves throughout the match, but didn’t do particularly well for the first goal and could’ve made it harder for Pedro.


25 Antonio Valencia

Good outlet attacking on the right-wing, but Hazard gave him a lot of problems defensively. For me, Timothy Fosu-Mensah or Matteo Darmian needs to play.


3 Eric Bailly

Did well on the day, and the defence only got worse when he left the pitch. Hopefully, he recovers soon, because he is very important to the cause. Replaced by Rojo.


12 Chris Smalling

Worst performance from a United player I’ve seen this season. Made four individual errors for the four goals. Incredibly poor all match, and is a type of defender who only offers pure defending, so he was an abject shadow of a player today.


17 Daley Blind

Wasn’t terrible, but struggled to cope with Victor Moses and Pedro, playing the latter onside for the first goal.


27 Marouane Fellaini

I feel bad for him because he tries hard but he shouldn’t be playing for Manchester United. His lack of ability to pass the ball saw him give it away countless times in the attack. He struggled defensively because players were moving onto him. When Fellaini is on the pitch, United moves the ball incredibly slowly. Players know that he can’t expose space, so they leave him in gaps of it and mark Pogba and Herrera. Replaced by Mata.


21 Ander Herrera

Save for the lack of physically defying heroism, Herrera was good today. He was metronomic, controlled the game, tried to attack more than expected of a player in his role. Deserves praise for keeping a good mentality in a tough game.


14 Jesse Lingard

Poor performance. Gave the ball away countless times. Offers no incision or individual ability. I like Lingard for his work rate but ultimately United should be looking for better, more physical and more disciplined players. Replaced by Martial.


6 Paul Pogba

It’s unfair on Pogba that his expectations are much higher than everyone else’s. He had no space because the other players weren’t threatening, so everyone marked Pogba all game. That being said, he should still do better.


19 Marcus Rashford

Struggled. I forgot he was on the pitch for much of the game. Gave the ball away with wayward back passes.


10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Easy to be fed up of him. His runs are poor, creates no space for others anymore, never in a position to put chances away. He offers nothing and is carried on the pitch with the hope that he’ll clinically bury his chance, but he never does. Time to invest in Martial and Rashford up top.



5 Marcos Rojo

Replaced Bailly. Conceded a lot of chances but not too many down his wing. Did well moving forward as a left-back.


8 Juan Mata

Replaced Fellaini. Changed the game for United with his quick tempo but couldn’t help defensively. It scares me that Mourinho can’t see that Schneiderlin should be in that role.


11 Anthony Martial

Replaced Lingard. Had no time or space to influence the match.


Written by Aaron Moniz


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