Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United: How the players rated

Wayne Rooney was man of the match for Manchester United, while the Chelsea defender José Bosingwa should have anticipated Ryan Giggs playing in Rooney for the goal


Petr Cech 6 Could do nothing about the goal due to Rooney's precise finish and was an onlooker for long passages as his colleagues attacked

José Bosingwa 5 Foraged down his flank and had the beating of Evra for pace but should have anticipated Giggs playing in Rooney for the goal

Branislav Ivanovic 5 Covered one Valencia cross well after Terry was pulled out wide to close down the attacker. His was a solid display

John Terry 6 Captain made impressive sortie into United area but might he have picked up Rooney before the striker struck in the first half?

Ashley Cole 7 Turned in yet another of his regulation reliable performances and was still looking to attack as the game moved into latter stages

Ramires 6 Stepped on Rooney and then should have equalised from a Drogba cross. Was booked for a clumsy tackle on Evra in 60th minute

Frank Lampard 7 Struggled to influence contest at first and was needed more in defence as United dominated, but then was unlucky not to equalise

Michael Essien 7 Left an early boot on Rooney, then gave away a needless corner. Gradually his muscle and determination became a factor. Booked

Yuri Zhirkov 6 Rare start for the Russian, who was booked for karate kick on Hernández. Replaced by Malouda after fading from game

Didier Drogba 6 Skied one shot before a blistering effort on the angle was gloved over by Van der Sar. Went close with an overhead. Substituted

Fernando Torres 7 Encouraging. Must wonder if he will ever score again after hitting post with neat sidefoot, then seeing Van der Sar save a header


Florent Malouda (for Zhirkov, 71) 6

Nicolas Anelka (for Drogba, 71) 6

Mikel John Obi (for Bosingwa, 78) 6

Subs not used Turnbull, Benayoun, Ferreira, Kalou


Edwin van der Sar 7 Tipped over Drogba's shot and was saved by Evra's goal-line clearance of Torres's flick before a superb block of the Spaniard's header

Rafael da Silva 6 Carried off injured to continue Champions League misery at this stage: last year he saw red against Bayern Munich, in the second leg

Rio Ferdinand 7 Calm on first appearance for two months because of a calf injury, he began with a sharp clearance before Torres could connect

Nemanja Vidic 7 Assured. With his defensive sidekick restored the Serb nullified Drogba in a United rearguard that was generally very solid

Patrice Evra 7 Ceded possession with one sloppy pass but defensive instinct allowed him to clear off the line from Lampard. Went forward when possible

Antonio Valencia 7 Classy display from the winger. As at the weekend against West Ham, he was a threat whenever in possession

Ryan Giggs 7 On this showing will go on to make a 1,000 United appearances. Asked to play central midfield, he set up his team's goal from the left

Michael Carrick 7 Impressive outing. Was able to thwart one Drogba surge, then his diagonal pass to Giggs for Rooney's goal was slide-rule perfect

Park Ji-sung 5 Preferred to Nani, he fluffed one chance to volley at goal from a Valencia cross, and later misplaced a pass. Substituted

Javier Hernández 6 Linked well with Rooney inside Chelsea area and might have connected with strike partner's pass to grab invaluable second for team

Wayne Rooney 8 Clipped by Essien before finishing a sweet move to presage a more modest celebration than Saturday's. Created chance for Hernández


Nani (for Rafael, 51) 6

Dimitar Berbatov (for Hernández, 78) 6

Chris Smalling (for Park, 90) n/a

Subs not used Kuszczak, Scholes, Evans, Gibson

Referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spa)

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