Player ratings as Aaron Wan-Bissaka shines on Man United bow and Chelsea kids come unstuck

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Manchester United opened their Premier League campaign in style as they thrashed Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford.

Here, PA assesses the contribution of every individual from both teams:


David De Gea: A largely quiet game for the Spaniard on the day he was handed the captain’s armband. Beaten twice but spared by the woodwork. 6

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Snuffed out Emerson’s marauding run down United’s right in the opening moments, an early example of a composed and mature performance from the £50million man. 8

Harry Maguire: In the week he became the world’s most expensive defender, the former Leicester man overcame any early rustiness to subdue Tammy Abraham. A solid start. 7

Victor Lindelof: Very early days but the Swede and Maguire look to have formed a decent understanding with each other. 7

Luke Shaw: Criticised by former United boss Jose Mourinho on Sky Sports for his positional sense during the interval, the left-back blossomed as the match wore on. 6

Scott McTominay: Turned defence into attack on a number of occasions although an untimely slip in the first half almost allowed Pedro an opening. 7

Paul Pogba: An all-action display from the Frenchman after a difficult summer. His stunning pass freed Marcus Rashford for United’s third before unselfishly teeing up Daniel James for the fourth. 8

Andreas Pereira: Whipped in a wonderful cross for United’s second in an industrious display. 7

Jesse Lingard: A couple of bustling runs apart, the England midfielder was overshadowed by others. 6

Anthony Martial: Wasteful in the early stages and occasionally sloppy in possession, the Frenchman nevertheless opened his account from close range to give United some breathing room. 7

Marcus Rashford: Two goals in front of onlooking England manager Gareth Southgate, starting off the rout with a fine finish to a penalty he earned before calmly slotting home after being put through by Pogba’s ball over the top. 8


Daniel James (on for Pereira, 74): Capped a late cameo with a debut goal, firing across Kepa Arrizabalaga after showing a great turn of pace to keep up with Pogba. 7

Juan Mata (on for Lingard, 86): No time to make an impression. 6

Mason Greenwood (on for Rashford, 86): As above. 6


Kepa Arrizabalaga: Little chance of keeping out any of United’s goals, Kepa was let down by those in front of him. 6

Cesar Azpilicueta: Got forward well but was one of a number of defenders routinely caught out of possession. 5

Andreas Christensen: Was given a tough afternoon by Rashford. 5

Kurt Zouma: A nightmare display on his Chelsea return. Fortunate a loose ball to Martial did not lead to the opener but gave away a spot-kick with an unnecessary challenge on Rashford. Nervy thereafter. 4

Emerson: Fired against the bar after ghosting into the area but not so adept at tracking back. 5

Jorginho: Had no answer to Pogba and company after the break and may be looking over his shoulder once N’Golo Kante regains full fitness. 5

Mateo Kovacic: Over-run by the United juggernaut. 5

Pedro: Willing as ever but largely on the margins. 5

Ross Barkley: Given the nod ahead of Christian Pulisic, the former Everton midfielder threatened occasionally, drawing a fine save out of De Gea before being withdrawn just before the hour. 6

Mason Mount: Was at the heart of proceedings in an encouraging opening but faded as United gathered momentum after the interval. 6

Tammy Abraham: Rattled the post as his movement troubled United but shackled by Maguire before being withdrawn at the midway point of the second half. 6


Christian Pulisic (on for Barkley, 58): The United States captain was welcomed to the Premier League with a rough challenge from Pogba. 5

Olivier Giroud (on for Abraham, 66): An anonymous display from the Frenchman. 5

N’Golo Kante (on for Jorginho, 73): Little he could do to stem the tide before being booked late on. 5

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