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Ratings: Manchester United’s early form is questionable after Chelsea defeat

Manchester United were beaten by Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge against, this time through a 55th minute goal scored by Alvaro Morata. It could have been over much sooner for United as Phil Jones found his own net in the opening minutes of the match but the goal was disallowed after Morata was adjudged to have fouled him.

United had a chance in the first half through Marcus Rashford and in the final minutes of the match the player had a free-kick which was deflected over the crossbar, with a corner being won by United. Jose Mourinho’s side seemed to be out of their depth in the midfield with Chelsea player Tiemoue Bakayoko not being picked up in spaces created by his teammates.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was not the player he should have been, failing to link up the midfield with the attack, which left United with little idea going forward. In the second half, Mourinho brought on both Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini, taking off Jones and Mkhitaryan and United played a little bit better.

Jesse Lingard was a late substitution for Ashley Young with United failing to get anything at Stamford Bridge since they won just over five years ago, getting a point in eight visits since that victory.

Manchester United: De Gea; Bailly, Jones (Fellaini 62′), Smalling; Valencia, Matic, Herrera, Young (Lingard 79′); Mkhitaryan (Martial 62′); Rashford, Lukaku

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Blind, Darmian; McTominay

Bookings: Phil Jones 49′, Ander Herrera 51′, Marouane Fellaini 71′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spaish goalkeeper made six saves, one punch and one catch, keeping United in the game. His goal was breached early in the match though, through Jones, scoring an own goal but Morata fouled him and the goal was ruled out. Morata scored ten minutes into the second half, spoiling the day for United, who wanted the result.

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3 Eric Bailly

Bailly had a good game for United, using his tenacity and strength to help his team. He fought for every ball but it was not meant to be for United, who lost ground on Manchester City.

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4 Phil Jones

Nearly scored an own goal for United, luckily it was ruled out for a foul. Was booked for a rash challenge on Hazard and seemed to be the old calamatous Jones we all know.

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12 Chris Smalling

The England defender did well against Chelsea, seemingly suggesting he can find his form when he needs to. In possession he was very good and did a lot to deny Chelsea.

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25 Antonio Valencia

Valencia was a force in his right back role, playing as a wing back for much of the game. A great attacking outlet in the game, but United should not be so reliant on him going forward.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Uniteds summer signing did not have his best game against his former club. Still not poor by a long shot, but could have been better. Unable to take charge of the midfield and did not get too far forward for much of the game.

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21 Ander Herrera

Ineffective by the Spaniard. He did try and take charge of United's midfield but became an irritant rather than an effective player. Was booked and could have been sent off for another challenge. Offered little going forward. When Pogba is back, I don't see a place for him.

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18 Ashley Young

Young seemed determined, fresh from his England call up. Put in some dangerous balls for his teammates, but nothing could be created from them. Tenacious in attack.

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22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Ineffective. Anonymous. Not needed in this team right now. Mkhitaryan needs to find what makes him a footballer again, as without that, he is fodder in this team.

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19 Marcus Rashford

Could have put United ahead in the first half, also took a good free-kick, which was deflected. Seemed to be up for causing trouble, but didn't.

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9 Romelu Lukaku

Another poor game for Lukaku. Had one shot in the game but did not get a touch in the box at all. His goal drought has been extended. The break will be telling. Needs to come back in goalscoring form.

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Substitutes

11 Anthony Martial

Replaced Mkhitaryan. Much better option than the Armenian. Could not get a goal or an assist, but tried to be part of the game.

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27 Marouane Fellaini

Replaced Jones. Was a much better option after being introduced in the second half. Glad he's back. He could not do what was needed today, despite trying.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Young. Had some involvement going forward, which may not have been said for others who started the match. Tried but that is all.

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