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It was a very solid defensive display from Chelsea against Manchester United on Saturday, as the Blues played out a goalless draw at Old Trafford.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and defender Thiago Silva were very solid against United, and it has earned them a place in Garth Crooks BBC team of the week.
Crooks said of Mendy: “The save from Marcus Rashford with Mendy’s outstretched right foot when the Blues had been cut open (in the first half) was exceptional,’ said the former England forward.
“However, it was his second save from Rashford (late in the game) that impressed me. The way Mendy moved his position so he could get sight of the ball and then did the same again in order to make the save was top class.”
Crooks was also impressed with the defensive contribution of Thiago Silva at Old Trafford.
“Chelsea have not had a player at the back like this for some time. Defenders don’t come more accomplished than Silva,” he said.
“The Brazil international has brought a desperately needed calm to the Blues defensive line up. His positional sense and reading of the game are his specialities.
“Had it not been for Silva, his former Paris St-Germain team-mate Edinson Cavani would have almost certainly found himself on the scoresheet.”