Callum Hudson-Odoi (Right wingback): 7/10
This position may not suit him, but Callum Hudson-Odoi is still performing admirably. The young Englishman has had to switch from an all-out attack mentality, to actually defend for the team. Against United, Hudson-Odoi was not afforded much space or time, and he still found a way to create space for his teammates. However, he was still the most dangerous player on the field for Chelsea. One can only wonder if he would have made the difference in the second half, if not for his injury substitution.
N’Golo Kante (Central midfielder): 8/10
N’Golo Kante is still Chelsea’s best midfielder. He may not contribute much on the offensive front, but the team would be lost without him in the defensive side. Kante did what he does best against United, cover the space and recover the ball. What was best about Kante’s performance is that he stole the ball from his opponents effortlessly. Even when Chelsea was cut open on counter attacks, it was Kante who saved the team. The Frenchman and his overwhelming presence will be key for the Blues for the remaining of the season.
Mateo Kovacic (Central midfielder): 6/10
It is not that Mateo Kovacic was poor, he just didn’t do enough. Kovacic was brilliant in many ways: his retention of the ball, his ability to get out of tight spaces and his work-rate were all great. However, Kovacic had a couple opportunities to provide a decisive through ball and did not, but this was the epitome of the game itself: a lot was done, but just not enough.
Ben Chilwell (Left wingback): 6/10
Ben Chilwell is a natural left back, not a wingback—yet. He is adapting to this new position very well, but that is the problem, he is still adapting. Chilwell showed improvement against United. He timed his runs and interplay well in order to get in behind of the opposition’s defense. However, he still struggled to get crosses into the box. His game has not been exceptional, but it is a right improvement from previous games. Nevertheless, it is still not enough.
Reece James (Right wingback): 7/10
Despite coming on at halftime, Reece James picked up right where Hudson-Odoi left off. James truly is an excellent player, but he could have done more to help the team. While the defensive aspect of the game was outstanding, he only ventured forward a couple of time. James, for the majority of the time, only passed the ball back to the defenders. Aside from that, James was a wall, and getting through him was nearly impossible.