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Man Utd 4-1 Chelsea: Player ratings as Red Devils secure Champions League football

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Manchester United secured their place in next season’s Champions League with a game of the Premier League campaign remaining thanks to Thursday’s thumping 4-1 win over Chelsea.

Although Chelsea had plenty of chances in the opening 45 minutes, Casemiro and Anthony Martial scored at either end of the first half, before Bruno Fernandes scored from the penalty spot and Marcus Rashford notched his 30th goal of the season in all competitions. Chelsea substitute Joao Felix eventually found the net late on, but the game was already long gone.

Both teams had opportunities to break the deadlock even before the early goal. A better touch from Jadon Sancho could have put United in, while Mykhailo Mudryk fluffed his lines after a good run and cross from teenage left-back Lewis Hall.

Chelsea will be disappointed with how United did score, having allowed Casemiro to ghost through unchallenged in the middle of the box to meet an in-swinging Christian Eriksen free-kick with his head. There was a brief hold to check it for offside, but the VAR decision let the goal stand.

A miscommunication between Conor Gallagher and Kai Havertz saw the latter fail to find the former in front of goal in a promising Chelsea counter not long after, while that piece of quality was also lacking for Martial when a heavy touch resulted in a three-on-one break crumbling.

A real concern from a United perspective was the lengthy treatment for Antony, who seemed to hurt his ankle in a challenge by Trevoh Chalobah. The Brazilian was eventually stretchered off and his season could well be over, including next month’s FA Cup final.

Chelsea’s best chances were still coming from 18-year-old Hall, who put another exquisite cross into the box from the left that was inexplicably headed well wide by Havertz. In truth, a better team than Chelsea would have revelled in the space that United were allowing them and another opportunity for Gallagher went begging right before half-time.

The visitors had been the better team since United scored, yet they were made to regret not making that dominance count even more when Martial made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time. It was made by Casemiro’s no-look chip to Sancho, who found United’s number nine for a tap-in.

United picked up where they left off after the restart when Fernandes hit the angle of post and bar. They also should have scored a third when Kepa Arrizabalaga somehow clawed out a goal-bound touch from Eriksen, who couldn’t get proper contact with a cross that was slightly behind him. On the follow-up from the edge of the box, Casemiro sent a measured shot just wide.

At the other end, two David de Gea saves in quick succession then kept Chelsea at bay, first a parry from a powerful Hall drive and then a diving catch after Mudryk’s shot had been deflected.

Chelsea’s season had kind of been summed by the goals they had already conceded already, but none more so than the penalty conceded by Wesley Fofana. The £75m centre-back was rash when he was nutmegged by Fernandes in the box, swiping a lazy leg at the United captain, who then promptly got up to comfortably convert from 12 yards.

Those in blue had fallen apart by the closing stages. Fofana, poor for the first goal and woeful for the third, was atrocious for the fourth. He gave the ball away to Fernandes with a dreadful pass on the edge of his own area and was beaten by Rashford, whose first shot was saved by Kepa. But the United man made no mistake with the rebound.

A deflected Alejandro Garnacho shot hit the bar as the home side went for a fifth, while the teenager also forced Kepa into a smart save just as the clock ticked into stoppage time. In between, Chelsea did pull one back, and a fine goal it was from Felix, who showcased the kind of quality off the bench that none of his teammates could by driving from midfield with the ball and then unleashing a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.

GK: David de Gea – 6/10 – A couple of saves one after the other around the hour mark were impressive, coming at an important time as United went on to build more of a lead.

RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6/10 – Won the battle with Mudryk and later Pulisic.

CB: Raphael Varane – 6/10 – Chelsea did miss a lot of chances and fail to take advantage of the space they were afforded, but the Frenchman was still pretty comfortable.

CB: Victor Lindelof – 6/10 – Didn’t miss a step in his passing.

LB: Luke Shaw – 6/10 – Brought off at half-time with United cruising.

CM: Casemiro – 8/10 – Scored against Chelsea for the second time this season with another bullet header, before making the second second and going close on another occasion.

CM: Christian Eriksen – 7/10 – Registered an assist for landing a free-kick on Casemiro’s head. This isn’t the right role for him and his weakness in a double pivot showed in open play.

RM: Antony – N/A – Stretchered off in what appeared to be a lot of pain.

AM: Bruno Fernandes (c) – 8/10 – Hit the woodwork early in the second half and eventually got his goal by winning and converting a penalty.

LM: Jadon Sancho – 7/10 – Made a really smart run to set up the crucial second goal and his cross was perfectly composed.

ST: Anthony Martial – 7/10 – Squandered a really good early chance, before showcasing a poacher’s instinct with his positioning to score United’s second goal.


SUB: Marcus Rashford (29′ for Antony) – 8/10

SUB: Tyrell Malacia (46′ for Shaw) – 7/10

SUB: Alejandro Garnacho (70′ for Martial) – 7/10

SUB: Fred (70′ for Eriksen) – 6/10

SUB: Scott McTominay (86′ for Fernandes) – N/A

Subs not used: Butland, Maguire, Dalot, Weghorst


Erik ten Hag – 8/10 – His team gave a much better all-round performance in the second half, suggesting whatever he said at half-time worked.

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 5/10 – Stopped United going 3-0 right after half-time. Hadn’t done much before then, despite conceding twice.

RB: Cesar Azpilicueta (c) – 6/10 – Did well in the circumstances against much younger and faster players on the flanks. His teammates let him down.

CB: Wesley Fofana – 2/10 – Culpable when Casemiro scored for not putting pressure on and gave a away the penalty with a really lazy attempt at a tackle after being nutmegged. Yet his mistakes for the fourth goal were the worst of the whole lot.

CB: Trevoh Chalobah – 5/10 – Miles the better Chelsea centre-back, but that wasn’t hard.

LB: Lewis Hall – 6/10 – Got forward and put some really good crosses into the box, but he showed a lack of experience with poor tracking for United’s second goal.

CM: Carney Chukwuemeka – 6/10 – Passed well and put up decent stats, yet it didn’t feel like he particularly affected the game.

CM: Enzo Fernandez – 6/10 – Passed the ball a lot. Arguably could have done more given how open United were defensively at times.

CM: Conor Gallagher – 5/10 – Got forward in support of Havertz a few times, although things never quite clicked between them.

RW: Noni Madueke – 5/10 – He was on the pitch…

ST: Kai Havertz – 4/10 – Lacked quality in critical moments.

LW: Mykhailo Mudryk – 5/10 – Fast movement, but too often guilty of heavy touches when it really mattered and looks super low on confidence.


SUB: Joao Felix (64′ for Havertz) – 7/10

SUB: Christian Pulisic (64′ for Mudryk) – 5/10

SUB: David Datro Fofana (82′ for Gallagher) – N/A

SUB: Hakim Ziyech (82′ for Madueke) – N/A

SUB: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (82′ for Chukwuemeka) – N/A

Subs not used: Mendy, Silva, Koulibaly, Gilchrist


Frank Lampard – 4/10 – A better manager will get more from this squad. He isn’t it.

Player of the match – Casemiro (Man Utd)


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It’s looking increasingly likely that Max Jorgensen will have to wait four more years to make his Rugby World Cup debut.

The 18-year-old has been a star of this year’s Super Rugby Pacific season for the NSW Waratahs, but a knee injury in the second-to-last round ended his campaign early.

After his side’s bruising loss to the Crusaders, scans found Jorgensen had suffered a grade three rupture of his MCL and an ACL strain.

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Speaking on Stan Sport’s Rugby Heaven, former Wallabies stars Tim Horan and Morgan Turinui weighed in on Jorgensen’s prognosis.

“He’s ruptured his medial ligament, so that’s at least eight weeks if there’s no operation there,” said Horan.

“He’s got a strain on his anterior cruciate ligament, that’s going to take some time. That’s at least 10 to 12 weeks.

“I wouldn’t rush Max Jorgensen back, just take his time.”

Turinui downplayed Jorgensen’s chances of contesting the World Cup unless head coach Eddie Jones is happy to take a “sight unseen” approach into the group stages.

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“If a guy like Nathan Gibbs (sports physician) looks after that they’ll get him back pretty quick – 10 weeks is best case possible. As you say, ACL is largely intact,” Turinui explained.

“I don’t think you can take him,” he added when asked if Jorgensen was a chance of making the flight to France.

“Nope. Let him get it right. What is it? June, July, August, it’s the 1st of September, you’re on the plane, you’re not playing the French warm-up game in August, you maybe get picked sight unseen.

“His career is going to be long if we take care of him.”

The loss of Jorgensen is a blow for the Wallabies who had the teenage sensation tipped to be a staple of the backline.

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Horan was with Turinui in calling for a cautious approach to Jorgensen to maximise his longevity.

“Without the knee injury, he would have been on the plane, but now I just don’t think you can take him,” said Horan.

“You can’t rush a kid who’s 18 with a knee injury like that.”

Jorgensen’s Waratahs will host Moana Pasifika in Sydney on Saturday at 7.35pm (AEST).

The Waratahs cannot fall from sixth in the standings and will face one of either the Blues, Brumbies or Hurricanes, pending round 15 results.

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Frank Lampard announced that he would leave Chelsea after 13 years at the club on this day in 2014.

Speculation had been rife over the England international’s future, with his contract running down in west London, and the former West Ham midfielder confirmed in a statement that he had played his last game for the Blues.

Lampard joined Chelsea in 2001 after six seasons at Upton Park and went on to make 648 appearances and become the club’s all-time top goalscorer with 211 in all competitions.

During his time at Stamford Bridge, Lampard won the Champions League, the Europa League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.

“When I arrived at this fantastic club 13 years ago I would never have believed that I would be fortunate enough to play so many games and enjoy sharing in so much success,” Lampard said.

“This club has become part of my life and I have so many people to thank for the opportunity. Firstly, Ken Bates, who put his neck on the line to sign me as a young player and without him I would not have even begun this experience.

“Roman Abramovich, the man who saved our club and took us all to new levels. His desire to push the club to the top of the football world has rubbed off on everyone.

“All the managers and coaches who have helped me develop my game during the time I have been here. I have learnt from every one of them.

“All the brilliant team-mates who I have been lucky enough to train and play alongside for so long. Not just their football qualities but also the friendships I have gained along the way.

“The club will move forward, and as a Chelsea man I have no doubt that with the quality of the players that are there, they will continue with the success that we have all enjoyed over the past seasons.”

Lampard spent the following season with Manchester City and then one campaign with New York City before announcing his retirement as a player.

He subsequently managed Derby, Chelsea and Everton before a second spell at Stamford Bridge on a caretaker basis in 2023.

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In just 40-odd steps, the world’s top male sprinters motor through the 100-metre dash.

Rohan Browning, the fastest man in Australia, has shed light on a key biomechanic change he’s working on in a bid to overhaul his first step.

The 25-year-old from Sydney is honing in on his first stride as he sets his sights on reaching Olympic and world championship finals, winning medals at major championships and cracking the 10-second barrier, even though it’s a mark the “Flying Mullet” considers a “myth”.

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Browning will next test his new-look start at Italy’s Florence Diamond League on Saturday morning (AEST).

“I’ve been rejigging a few different parts of my race, the main one being my start. I’ve changed my start and made it much more efficient. I’ve chopped the length of my first stride and tried to contact the ground a little quicker and am just focusing on accelerating really efficiently,” Browning told Wide World of Sports.

“It’s something I’ve worked on since before the (2021 Tokyo) Olympics, but it’s something that we have made more significant changes to since the (2022 Birmingham) Commonwealth Games.

“It just takes a long time to motor-pattern that and get used to it because your body always reverses to old habits. (It’s about) getting comfortable changing what you’re used to.

“I’ve benefitted a lot from really good biomechanic help through the New South Wales Institute of Sport and Athletics Australia. I’ve been working really closely with Emma Millett, who’s the biomechanist at NSWIS. She’s been such a crucial part of our team.

“We do a lot of video analysis, everything’s pretty high-tech, we use Optojump (an optical measurement system), the Laveg, which is a velocity gun, so everything is really tracked and we make sure to use that data in the most effective way possible.”

The Tokyo Olympics semi-finalist described his revamped start as a “week-to-week thing” and said he was encouraged by his execution at the Australian national championships, held across March and April in Brisbane, when he stormed to gold in 10.02 (0.0 wind).

“I think on the Australian circuit it wasn’t quite clicking, but I knew there was a model that if I could pull it off it would work and would really lift the ceiling of what I’m capable of running,” Browning added.

“I think the national championships was the first sort of glimpse of what that new model is capable of producing. I felt like the national championships was the first time that it sort of clicked and it came together properly.”

Browning will be taking on an incredible field in the Florence Diamond League, which includes the American trio that finished on the podium at the 2022 world championships in Eugene: Fred Kerley, Marvin Bracy-Williams and Trayvon Bromell.

Making up the rest of the field are Jamaican great Yohan Blake, reigning Commonwealth Games champion Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenya, South Africa’s Akani Simbine and Italian Samuele Ceccarelli.

Reigning Olympic gold medallist Marcell Jacobs was set for a mouthwatering duel with Kerley but withdrew this week due to a back injury.

At the Australian national championships, Browning strung together his quickest sequence of 100-metre times at a single meet, clocking 10.18 (+0.4), 10.17 (+0.1) and 10.02 (0.0).

At Yokohama’s Golden Grand Prix on May 21, he posted 10.11 (+1.5) and 10.10 (+0.4). The only man who beat him was Kerley.

The standard is 10.00 for August’s world championships, to be hosted by Budapest, and the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Browning’s legal personal best remains the 10.01 (+0.8) he ran at the Tokyo Olympics, but recent results suggest he’s a great chance of bursting through the 10-second barrier in Europe this year — and maybe even in Florence on Saturday.

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