Manchester United vs Chelsea was the eagerly anticipated game when the Premier League fixtures were announced just two months ago.
Unfortunately, this was not an affair that will live long in the memory with the score ending in a 0-0 draw. Joe Glanville assesses how the players fared along with both managers.
David de Gea: Of course with the scoreline it's expected that both keepers would have had fairly quiet games and that is the case in this match. Bar a few shots De Gea had little to do, but he was aware and made comfortable saves when called on. 6.
Phil Jones: Displayed a good partnership with Antonio Valencia, particularly in the first half, nullifying Eden Hazard expertly. While also possessing an option going forward, but his crossing was also lacking at times. 6.
Nemanja Vidic: Colossal in defence, with well executed tackles a regularity with also showing his towering presence in the air while keeping first Schurrle quiet and then Torres. 8.
Rio Ferdinand: Not as imperious as the monstrous Vidic, but help quell the threat of the ineffective Schurrle along with defensive partner Vidic. 7.
Patrice Evra: Was United main attacking outlet on the left, displaying great energy and stamina, as well as he so often does. Concentration lacking at times defensively however. 6.
Michael Carrick: Surprisingly careless and wasteful in possession at times in the first half, stepped up his performance massively in the second half however, despite having more to deal with defensively when the game opened up. 7.
Tom Cleverley: Industrious as always. A constant open option and put a bit more pace into a very slow tempo match. Went close with a rasping 20 yard effort. 7.
Antonio Valencia: United's star man in the first half. Dispossessing and winning back the ball time and time again, particularly Hazard. Showed more endeavor in the final third too. 7.
Wayne Rooney: Displayed a very committed performance, which saw him drop deep, offer a presence in between the lines and dictate play while creating United's best two chances. Few poor touches and over-hit passes in the final third however. 8.
Danny Welbeck: Performance to forget for the England international. Very ineffective on the left, while also little threat going forward. Should have done far better with two golden opportunities too. 4.
Robin van Persie: Relatively quiet afternoon for the Dutchman. Showed great glimpses at times and started the game well. Faded late on however. 5.
Subs: Young (5), Giggs (N/A). Unused subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Buttner, Anderson, Kagawa
Petr Cech: Mature performance from the Chelsea stopper. Comfortable dealing with crosses also. 6.
Branislav Inanovic: Dealt well with the threat of Welbeck and Evra. Had more license to roam in the second half. Good performance from the Serbian. 6.
Gary Cahill: Struggled at times, with getting tight with Rooney and van Persie. Turned easy at times, but still a solid performance. Showed great technique with a thumping long range effoer also. 7.
John Terry: Chelsea's star man on the afternoon. Thwarting many attempts with last ditch tackles and heroic defending. 8.
Ashley Cole: Manchester United carried a lot of threat on the right hand side, but Cole performed brilliant. Plenty of important block ensured United didn't get as many goal-scoring opportunities from crosses. 7.
Ramires: Very restricted performance from the Brazilian with Chelsea adopting a game-plan to defend deep and counter. Very disciplined and professional performance however. Displayed his lung-busting energy more in the second half. 7.
Frank Lampard: Like Ramires, Frank had less license to roam forward which comes so instinctively to the midfielder. Performed well, but nothing particularly eye-catching. 6.
Kevin De Bruyne: Along with Ivanovic, De Bruyne carried out his defensive responsibilities on the right very well. Very efficient in possession, while also showing sharp awareness with his passing ability and movement. Just 60 minutes to his name however. 7.
Oscar: Started off attacks fairly well, while also being on the end of them. Offered another body in midfield and had to be disciplined. Should have done better from a few chances however. 6.
Eden Hazard: Much credit has to go to Valencia and Jones with how they nullified Hazard in the first half. Still a disappointing performance on Hazard's part however, who was largely dominatedby Jones. Far more prominent in the second half however, drifting into space well. 6.
Andre Schurrle: Not an orthodox striker, but seemed like Schurrle might of been in for a good performance, with some good runs into the channels and behind the defence, but it turned out that worked very rarely. Upped his game when moved to the left. Largely disappointing however. 4.
Subs: Torres (5), Mikel, (N/A), Azpilicueta (N/A). Unused subs: Schwarzer, Essien, Mata, Lukaku
David Moyes: Will be pleased with how his team retained possession at times, but disappointed with the lack of clear-cut chances. 6.
Jose Mourinho: With no forwards in the side, Mourinho's game plan was evident and he executed it perfectly, taking what could be a decisive point at the home of a title-rival. 7.
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