Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: FA Cup final player ratings

first_imgShare on Twitter Read more Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Chelsea’s Eden Hazard spot-on to sink Manchester United and win FA Cup FA Cup Share on Facebook Nemanja Matic It spoke volumes that the former Chelsea midfielder was United’s most lively player. Unafraid to do the dirty work, as ever. 7Paul Pogba Barring the odd foray forward, the Frenchman never really got into his stride; a wayward strike as good as it got. Nodded a free header wide. 4Jesse Lingard The midfielder was shackled and struggled to dent the Chelsea backline before being replaced by Anthony Martial late on. 5Alexis Sánchez Showed glimpses of quality and, occasionally, nimble footwork but was sloppy in possession. Another frustrating outing in a United shirt. 5Marcus Rashford A willing runner and had a couple of half-hearted efforts on goal but largely failed to seize his chance to impress. 5Substitutes: Romelu Lukaku 4 (for Rashford 73) Not fit enough to start and ineffective off the bench; Anthony Martial 5 (for Lingard 73) Had a half-chance blocked by Azpilicueta; Juan Mata N/A (for Jones 87). Manchester United Topicscenter_img features ChelseaThibaut Courtois Preferred to Willy Caballero, he had little to do but made a brilliant left-hand save to deny Phil Jones in his first FA Cup match of the season. 7/10César Azpilicueta The Spaniard marshalled the back three impeccably and made a couple of important blocks, namely from Anthony Martial. 6Gary Cahill A commanding display by the Chelsea captain but he was never rushed off his feet; comfortable with what was thrown at him. 7Antonio Rüdiger Was rarely troubled and looked assured when needed; he formed a crucial part of the blue defensive wall that closed the game out. 6Victor Moses Quiet going forward and a little clumsy defensively. He was fortunate to avoid a booking for a couple of plucky fouls on Ashley Young. 5N’Golo Kanté Was still running when everybody else was walking. Took the sting out of countless United moves and dictated midfield tempo. 8Tiémoué Bakayoko Was a bold call by Antonio Conte to persist with him over Willian given his struggles and was busy without doing anything special. 5Marcos Alonso Presented with the chance to add a second but his effort on goal was fairly pedestrian. Not exactly at his best. 6Cesc Fàbregas The Spaniard lost his FA Cup winners’ medal from 2005 but will surely keep this one safe after a gutsy display in both boxes. 6Eden Hazard The best player on the pitch on his 300th appearance in a Chelsea shirt. Displayed guile and class, typified by his ice-cool penalty. 9Olivier Giroud He linked well with Hazard and gave Chelsea a constant outlet but should have been punished for costly slip when Paul Pogba headed wide. 7Substitutes: Álvaro Morata N/A (for Giroud 89); Willian N/A (for Hazard 90).Manchester UnitedDavid de Gea Made a routine save from Hazard before going the wrong way for the penalty. Denied Alonso to keep United in it with 20 minutes to play. 6/10Antonio Valencia The Manchester United captain had few chances to push forward and was kept on the back foot. Booked for a foul on the marauding Hazard. 5Chris Smalling Easily dealt with the threat of Giroud, especially in their aerial duels, and made a couple of smart interventions. Strong display. 7Phil Jones Led a merry dance by Hazard, who he scythed down for penalty. Worrying dress rehearsal for when England meet Belgium in June. 4Ashley Young Lucky that Michael Oliver did not refer to VAR when the England defender appeared to handball a Moses pass in the box. 5Ander Herrera Was asked to stifle and man-mark Hazard but he ultimately tried and failed to stifle the Chelsea playmaker. Fairly anonymous display. 5 Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn The Observer Chelsea Share via Emaillast_img


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