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Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea, Player Ratings: The system breaks down

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1. N'GOLO KANTE 6.6
Minutes played90
Touches83
Passes54/59
Tackles9
Block+INT+RECs15
The only player to escape the long knives of the player ratings is PFA Player of the Year candidate N'Golo Kante, whose poor touch led directly to Manchester United's second goal.

It was not his only giveaway of the night, but relatively speaking, and certainly compared to the rest of his bumbling teammates, he was perhaps quite clearly performing on a slightly higher level. Some of his defensive stats (for whatever such things may be worth) were indeed ridiculous.

This is Kante's sixth man of the match win, and he's now moved ahead of Hazard in the WAGNH Player of the Year race (7.57 vs. 7.56 season average).  It's going to be a neck-to-neck race the rest of the way, hopefully unlike the title race itself.

2. CESC FABREGAS 5.0
Minutes played37
Touches57
Passes36/51
Tackles3
Chelsea's day was so bad that we did not even get the customary boost from Fabregas coming off the bench.

Part of that was of course down to United's strength in defense and marking. Another part of that was down to Costa having his worst game in a Chelsea shirt. And part of that was down to just a generally forgettable and horrendous day for Conte's crew.

3. ASMIR BEGOVIC 5.0
Minutes played90
Touches29
Distribution21/27
Saves1
By process of elimination we arrive at Asmir Begovic, making his first Premier League start of the year.

Begovic could've perhaps done better on the first goal by coming off his line quicker, but he did make one excellent save later on Rashford and had few plays that stood out as actively negative, unlike his teammates.

Yes, there's a theme of extreme craptitude in these here player ratings.  And they are not wrong.

STARTERS:
Begovic (5.0), Cahill (4.5), David Luiz (4.2), Zouma (4.7), Azpilicueta (4.8), Matić (4.3), Kanté (6.6), Moses (4.7), Hazard (4.8), Costa (2.7), Pedro (4.9)

SUBS:
Fàbregas (5.0), Willian (4.5), Loftus-Cheek (4.8)

OVERALL:

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