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Player & Manager Ratings: Manchester United 2 – 1 Chelsea

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In a much-needed victory, Manchester United finally managed to secure a win over a top-tier team this season, thanks to Scott McTominay’s impressive performance. The Scottish international’s double helped the Red Devils triumph over Chelsea, marking a significant turnaround under Erik ten Hag’s management.

The motivation for United was high, especially after their recent loss to Newcastle and rumors of unrest within the squad. They started aggressively, undeterred even by Bruno Fernandes’ missed penalty. McTominay’s opener gave United the lead, but Chelsea’s Cole Palmer leveled the score just before halftime.

In the second half, United maintained their dominance, with McTominay once again finding the net, assisted by Alejandro Garnacho’s precise delivery. This marks McTominay’s second set of doubles this season, following his earlier success against Brentford.

Player ratings for the match were as follows:

Andre Onana (6/10) made a crucial save in the first half. Despite conceding Palmer’s goal, his overall play, particularly his kicking, was commendable.

Diogo Dalot (7/10) showed improved performance, especially in his partnership with Antony, despite some issues with his final pass.

Victor Lindelof (5/10) struggled with tightness on Palmer and was substituted at halftime.

Harry Maguire (8/10) stood out with a stellar performance, marked by a crucial tackle in the second half.

Luke Shaw (6/10), after an early booking, shifted to center-back and demonstrated his experience with several key interceptions.

Sofyan Amrabat (6/10) appeared slow initially but improved significantly in the second half, cutting off Chelsea attacks effectively.

Scott McTominay (8/10) shone with his opening goal and overall impact, despite a momentary lapse for Chelsea’s goal.

Bruno Fernandes (7/10) remained influential despite a missed penalty.

Antony (7/10) was dynamic and involved, showing great teamwork and commitment.

Rasmus Hojlund (5/10) worked hard but lacked a direct threat, though his movement did create space for others.

Alejandro Garnacho (8/10) was instrumental in United’s attacking play, culminating in his assist for McTominay’s winner.

Sergio Reguilon (7/10) was defensively solid, particularly with an excellent tackle on Palmer.

Substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jonny Evans were brought on late in the game and were not rated.

Manager Erik ten Hag (8/10) made tactical changes, including benching Rashford, and his strategic substitutions played a key role in the victory.

The main takeaway from the match is the significance of effort and commitment, as emphasised by Ten Hag. The team’s victory underscores the importance of determination and hard work, elements that the fans and the manager alike demand.

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