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Chelsea player ratings v Manchester United

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Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the 2014/15 campaign by playing out a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford, as second half goals from Didier Drogba and Robin van Persie ensured a share of the spoils.

The Blues were just a couple of minutes from snatching all three points, but Branislav Ivanovic conceded a stoppage time free-kick - and was sent off for a second bookable offence - which allowed the Red Devils an opportunity to restore parity right at the death.

Louis Van Gaal's men made sure the tie was a much tighter contest than the two teams' respective league positioning might've suggested, with the hosts arguably going in with the upper hand at the break.

The tide started to turn after the interval, and when Drogba netted with a near post header midway through the second half it looked for a long time that Jose Mourinho's side would escape with all three points.

However, the visitors had to settle for a draw - much to the annoyance of the Portuguese tactician - who will have felt that the result is two points dropped given the nature of the last gasp equaliser.

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Chelsea player ratings

Thibaut Courtois - 8

The Chelsea goalkeeper made a string of fine saves to keep the visitors in the contest and was helpless to prevent the injury time equaliser.

Branslav Ivanovic - 5

Had a pretty solid game, but was solely responsible for the Manchester United goal after committing the foul which set up the opportunity right at the death.

Gary Cahill - 7

Solid display at the heart of Chelsea's defence. Kept Manchester United chances to a minimum with good communication throughout.

John Terry - 7

The Blues captain was at his inspirational best, marshalling the defence for the duration of the game. Will be disappointed at the manner of the goal conceded.

Filipe Luis - 7

The Brazilian turned in a solid display, deputising for Cesar Azpilicueta again, but is likely to be replaced when the Spaniard returns to action.

Nemanja Matic - 8

The Serbian was instrumental in the middle of the park, dominating the midfield which helped Chelsea come out on top in the second half.

Cesc Fabregas - 7

A relatively quiet display from the Spaniard based on his own high standards, but he still turned in a relatively solid performance.

Eden Hazard - 9

Involved in almost every Chelsea attack. Caused Manchester United's defence problems with his pace and intricate skill, but will be disappointed he missed a golden opportunity just before Drogba's goal.

Oscar - 7

An effective link between midfield and attack, the Brazilian didn't quite hit the heights of last week against Crystal Palace, but Mourinho will still be pleased with his performance.

Willian - 7

Rewarded with a Chelsea start, the wide-man contributed a number of inviting crosses and provided plenty of threat down the wings.

Didier Drogba - 8

Proved he still has the necessary quality to make an impact in the big games. His goal was typically well-taken, and reward for an industrious display leading the line in Chelsea's attack.

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