Marcus Rashford struck first in the 18th minute from the penalty-spot after Kurt Zouma had bought the 21-year-old down in a half otherwise dominated by the Blues, before second-half goals from Anthony Martial, a second from Rashford and debutant Daniel James saw United secure all three points.
David De Gea: 7.5
The United shot-stopper returned to his normal-self on Sunday afternoon and despite having the post on his side on a couple of occasions, he helped United keep a clean-sheet with some super saves including one with his feet from Ross Barkley. The Spaniard also did well with the ball at his feet, with Solskjær‘s preference to play-out from the back.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 9
The former Crystal Palace defender was flawless defensively on his United debut and had shown fans what the club had been missing with makeshift right-back’s taking to the field for the past few years. For a 21-year-old, Wan-Bissaka looked unfazed and certainly on his way to becoming a fan favourite.
Victor Lindelöf: 8
United’s best defender last season continued his good form with another excellent game, partnering with Harry Maguire in keeping Tammy Abraham from getting his name on the scoresheet.
Harry Maguire: 9
Maguire, who recently became the world’s most expensive defender in an £80m deal after joining from Leicester City, certainly showed a glimpse of his services being worth every penny in his first game at United. The Three Lions defender was everywhere, breaking the first wave of Chelsea’s press with passes in-between the lines, winning aerial duels with ease and leading from the back. His performance earned him the Premier League’s Man of the Match award and most certainly helped himself get on the fans side with such a super performance.
Luke Shaw: 7
Part of the back-four that kept a clean-sheet, Shaw had a positive game but his hesitant approach in the final-third prevented United creating chances. The Englishman did very well in the first-half defensively, however, often finding himself 2 vs. 1 with Rashford staying forward waiting for the counter-attack.
Scott McTominay: 8.5
Though not as impressive as some of his pre-season form, Chelsea offered a tougher test for the Scotsman and he proved his worth and should leave little reason for Solskjær to choose Nemanja Matić again. His leadership qualities whilst still young are a huge plus, whilst his ball-winning and passing ability continues to get better.
Paul Pogba: 7.5
Despite a sloppy and lacklustre first 45 minutes from Pogba, the Frenchman was sure to turn it around in the second-half with two assists, including a superb pass for Rashford before a late run saw him also set-up James’ first United goal.
Andreas Pereira: 7
The Brazilian helped execute Solskjær‘s plan to reduce the time Jorginho had to dictate the play with his aggressive pressing and his work-rate was unquestionable before he left the field late on. Provided the cross that saw Martial double United’s lead and showed he can contribute when called upon.
Jesse Lingard: 8
The midfielder, like Pereira, was full of energy and is a huge part of Solskjær‘s pressing strategy. A surging run that was only stopped due to a late foul by Jorginho epitomised Lingard’s qualities and whilst not always contributing with goals and assists, United’s high-tempo plan of action will always be carried out better with the 26-year-old on the pitch.
Marcus Rashford: 8.5
Rashford’s performance against Chelsea has thrown all doubt out of the window that United can’t rely on him to produce the goods following Romelu Lukaku’s departure. The number 10 slotted away the penalty he won himself excellently, whilst his run to score his brace showed the danger United can possess in transitions this season. Defensively was much better in the second-half too after leaving Shaw 2 vs. 1 in the first half.
Anthony Martial: 8
Though not his brightest or most clinical game, Martial, like Rashford, proved he can be relied upon in his return to the number nine role. A huge improvement in his work-rate could be seen, throwing himself into a few tackles too, and his finish showed the quality he possesses in-front of goal.
Daniel James (74′ minute sub): 7
Though James only had around 16 minutes to make an impact, the Welshman did just that with his first Premier League goal since arriving this summer from Swansea for £18m. His pace forced N’Golo Kanté to bring him down and take a yellow card, whilst his finish, assisted by Pogba, showed how much fun the two could potentially have together given a runner for Pogba to aim for had been missing from the team. Showed his worth from the bench whilst also putting himself forward for a start.
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