Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea player ratings: Paul Pogba verdict as Romelu Lukaku impresses against former club

Jesse Lingard climbed off the bench to complete Manchester United’s comeback against champions Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho’s men reclaimed second spot in the table.

But the afternoon did not start well for them at Old Trafford when Willian opened the first-half scoring for the visitors.

Romelu Lukaku levelled proceedings moments after though to make it all-square going into the break.

And the Belgium striker turned provider on 75 minutes when substitute Lingard headed home a cross to seal three vital points for the hosts.

Our man DAVID McDONNELL was watching in the stands. Here is how he rated the players’ performances…

MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea 7

Beaten at near post for opener. Fine angled save from Willian.

Valencia 6 – Booked

Pushed back by Alonso. Struggled defensively throughout.

Smalling 7

Made crucial tackle on Pedro with United leading 2-1.

Lindelof 6

One of three players taken out by Hazard pass for opener.

Young 6

Opener came down his flank but recovered well thereafter.

Matic 7

Tackled hard and recycled the ball in key areas against former club.

McTominay 7

Justified continued selection. His ball to Lukaku helped set up the winner.

Pogba 6

Beaten in air in build-up to opener. Gave ball away cheaply.

Martial 7

Set up Lukaku for equaliser. Bafflingly subbed.

Sanchez 7

Fluffed great chance just before half-hour mark.

Lukaku 8 – MOTM

Unplayable at times. Equalised then set up the winner.

Subs: Lingard 7 (Martial, 64)

Bailly 5 (Sanchez, 80)

CHELSEA

Courtois 7

Super fingertip save to keep out Lukaku volley.

Azpiliueta 6

Chelsea skipper strangley subdued after decent first-half

Christensen 5

Beaten to the ball by Lingard for United’s winner.

Rudiger 5

Given the runaround by Lukaku throughout the game.

Moses 6

Won header that sparked the move for Chelsea’s opener.

Drinkwater 6

Diligent and industrious. Tested De Gea with long-range shot.

Kante 6 – Booked

Booked for foul on Pogba. Busy but not as effective as usual.

Willian 7

Fine finish to beat De Gea at near post for opener.

Alonso 6

Volleyed pass set up Morata for early chance.

Hazard 8

Sublime ball to Willian for opener. Ran game until subbed

Morata 5 – Booked

Hit bar with early volley. Did little else of note.

Subs: Pedro 5 (Hazard, 73)

Giroud 5 (Moses, 78)

Fabregas 5 (Drinkwater, 81)

Standings — English Premier League

Pos. P W D L GD Pts Form
1
Manchester City
Manchester City 27 23 3 1 59 72
WLWWDW
2
Manchester United
Manchester United 28 18 5 5 33 59
WWLWLW
3
Liverpool
Liverpool 28 16 9 3 33 57
WLWDWW
4
Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur 28 16 7 5 29 55
WDWDWW
5
Chelsea
Chelsea 28 16 5 7 25 53
DWLLWL
6
Arsenal
Arsenal 27 13 6 8 15 45
DLWLWL
7
Burnley
Burnley 28 9 10 9 -3 37
LLDDLD
8
Leicester City
Leicester City 28 9 9 10 -1 36
DWLDLD
9
Everton
Everton 28 9 7 12 -15 34
LDWLWL
10
Watford
Watford 28 9 6 13 -9 33
DLDWLW
11
Bournemouth
Bournemouth 28 8 8 12 -10 32
WDWWLD
12
Brighton and Hove Albion
Brighton and Hove Albion 28 7 10 11 -11 31
LLDWDW
13
West Ham United
West Ham United 28 7 9 12 -15 30
WDDLWL
14
Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield Town 28 8 6 14 -23 30
LLLLWW
15
Newcastle United
Newcastle United 28 7 8 13 -11 29
DLDDWD
16
Southampton
Southampton 28 5 12 11 -12 27
DDDWLD
17
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 28 6 9 13 -18 27
WLDDLL
18
Swansea City
Swansea City 28 7 6 15 -20 27
DWWDWL
19
Stoke City
Stoke City 28 6 8 14 -26 26
LWDLDD
20
West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion 28 3 11 14 -20 20
WDLLL

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