Manchester United's three best players against Chelsea
Michael Carrick ensured he maintained his unbeaten run as caretaker manager of Manchester United with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
Fresh after qualifying for the Champions League last-16 as Group F winners, United came away from Stamford Bridge with a confidence-boosting point.
After a dreadful run of form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Carrick has ensured that incoming interim boss Ralf Rangnick will be coming into a dressing room that is showing signs of turning a corner.
Here are United’s three best players from the clash against the league leaders….
Coming into the side for the suspended Harry Maguire, Bailly was making just his second Premier League appearance of the season and first since scoring an own goal in the Manchester derby.
The Ivorian was hooked at half-time against Pep Guardiola’s side, but he produced an assured and commanding performance against Thomas Tuchel’s team.
The 27-year-old made six clearances against the Blues, only Victor Lindelof made more (9) in the match.
The former Villarreal man, who also made two tackles and had one interception, will be hoping to kick on under the club’s expected new interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
United’s Brazilian midfielder was a fitness doubt for the clash against the Champions League holders.
But Fred was passed fit and once again produced another all-action display which shows the qualities he brings to this Manchester United team.
No player made more interceptions (4) than the 28-year-old and his hassling and harrying was again a massive feature of his performance.
His qualities out of possession could see him become a key part of Ralf Rangnick’s gegenpressing philosophy that the German will no doubt want to implement at Old Trafford.
After picking up the ball in a dangerous position from Mendy, Fred’s attempted nonchalant lob was the only real blot on his performance.
Sancho was coolness personified when he bared down on goal with only Edouard Mendy to beat.
The 21-year-old raced onto Jorginho’s poor touch and slotted the ball past the Senegalese stopper.
Goals in back-to-back games will do our number 25 the world of good and his confidence will be the highest its been since joining the club.
With Rangnick waiting in the wings, Sancho could be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the 63-year-old coming to the Theatre of Dreams.
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