Jadon Sancho disappoints in what may be the final blow to his World Cup hopes


Manchester United scored a late equaliser to earn a share of the points against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a game that underwhelmed for its majority.

In an intense tactical battle, Blues boss Graham Potter blinked early by hooking Marc Cucurella before half time to change the system, before both managers made cautious changes as players tried to grow into the game.

Jorginho’s penalty was cancelled out by Casemiro late on, ensuring United stay fifth in the Premier League table, one point behind Chelsea in fourth.

Sportsmail’s Sami Mokbel rated both teams’ players after the game.

Casemiro scored late on to ensure the points were shared between Man United and Chelsea

CHELSEA (3-4-3)

Kepa – Made a clutch of important saves in the to keep United at bay and was incredibly unlucky with their last-gasp equaliser after being unable to claw the ball to safety. 7.5

Trevoh Chalobah – A few loose moments but largely sound in defence for Chelsea. Quietly went about his business and hit the bar. 7

Thiago Silva – Used all his experience to keep Rashford’s threat down to a minimum. Definitely worth another contract. 7

Marc Cucurella – Lasted 36 minutes before being sacrificed in place of Mateo Kovacic to accommodate a change in system. 6

The 38-year-old Thiago Silva could be set to earn another deal at Chelsea in the near future

The 38-year-old Thiago Silva could be set to earn another deal at Chelsea in the near future

Marc Cucurella was taken off in the first half as Graham Potter switched systems early on

Marc Cucurella was taken off in the first half as Graham Potter switched systems early on

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Cesar Azpilicueta – The captain, deputising for injured Reece James, turned in a trademark display. Solid, steady and unflappable. 6.5

Jorginho – Struggled to get a foothold in midfield before Potter made a tactical switch in the first-half. More assured after that and notched from the spot. 6.5

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Looks to be back to his best. Carried the ball forward with strength and purpose. Will be catching Gareth Southgate’s eye, for sure. 7

Ben Chilwell – Getting stronger as the season grows. One pass to set-up Aubameyang was particularly easy on the eye. Returning to form. 6.5

Ben Chilwell (right) is growing into the season after a slow start to this year's campaign

Ben Chilwell (right) is growing into the season after a slow start to this year’s campaign

Mason Mount – Plenty of desire and effort with quality to boot. Looked the most likely to unlock United’s defence. 7.5

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Back in the team and was presented with Chelsea’s best opportunities without taking them. 6.5

Raheem Sterling – His running and directness was a thorn in United’s rearguard but end product not up to his usual standards. 6.5

Subs: Kovacic 7 (Cucurella 36); Pulisic (Aubamenyang 74); Broja (Sterling 79); Chukwuemeka (Loftus-Cheek 79)

Not used: Mendy, Zakaria, Ziyech, Gallagher, Havertz.

Graham Potter: His team were second best for much of the game – but the manner of United’s late leveller will be like a dagger to his heart. 6.5

Raheem Sterling (centre) is yet to score against Manchester United in what is now 24 tries

Raheem Sterling (centre) is yet to score against Manchester United in what is now 24 tries

Blues boss Graham Potter's side were second best for most of the game on Saturday evening

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Blues boss Graham Potter’s side were second best for most of the game on Saturday evening

MAN UTD (4-1-2-3)

David de Gea – Had very little to do in United’s goal but pick out Jorginho’s penalty as his defence managed to keep Chelsea at arms length. 6.5

Diogo Dalot – A sturdy display from the right-back. Was disciplined and tough in defence and supported attacks when he could. 6.5

Raphael Varane – Left the pitch in tears after sustaining an injury that – judging by the France international’s reaction – will rule him out of the World Cup. 7

Raphael Varane left the field in tears, and injury could now rule him out of the Qatar World Cup

Raphael Varane left the field in tears, and injury could now rule him out of the Qatar World Cup

Lisandro Martinez – Has acclimatised to the rigours of English football superbly. Unruffled, even when the opposition tried to rattle him. 7.5

Luke Shaw – Another solid display at left-back for the England international. Finally getting a run of games. 7

Casemiro – Wasn’t daunted by what was his sternest test since arriving from Real Madrid and topped an excellent display with his first goal for the club. 8

Luke Shaw (right) is now getting a run of games, which is good for both club and country

Luke Shaw (right) is now getting a run of games, which is good for both club and country

Casemiro (right) scored his first goal for the club to top off another excellent midfield display

Casemiro (right) scored his first goal for the club to top off another excellent midfield display

Antony – A bright spark for United but squandered a glorious chance at the end of the first half. A real threat. 7

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Christian Eriksen – Probed constantly but couldn’t unlock Chelsea’s mean defence. Eventually substituted. 6.5

Bruno Fernandes – A frustrating night for the Portugal international. Had a couple of decent openings but couldn’t unlock the door. 7

Jadon Sancho – Ineffective and substituted after 52 minutes. Can have no complaints – this was a blow to his World Cup hopes. 5.5

Jadon Sancho struggled again at Stamford Bridge and seems set to miss out on the World Cup

Jadon Sancho struggled again at Stamford Bridge and seems set to miss out on the World Cup

Marcus Rashford – Showed willing to but not enough to convince Ten Hag he can be United’s regular centre forward. Wasted an excellent chance in the first half. 6

Subs: Fred (Sancho 52); Varane (Lindelof 60); McTominay (Eriksen 80); Elanga (Rashford 81)

Not used: Heaton, Malacia, Pellistri, Garnacho, Iqbal

Erik ten Hag: His team got no more than they deserved. His players showed fantastic fighting spirit to com back from the death. 7

Referee: Stuart Atwell – 6.5



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