No repeat of run to League Cup final this year for under-par Blues. Here's how they rated.
There was to be no revenge for the opening weekend mauling for Chelsea at Man United. A disappointing 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat was not the riposte to that 4-0 thrashing Frank Lampard had hoped for. Here we assess how the players did against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
Willy Caballero: 5
The penalty expert could not do it this time – going the wrong way as Marcus Rashford opened the scoring from the spot. Positioning looked suspect for the long-range winner he let in.
Reece James: 6
Found himself up against another rookie in Brandon Williams and acquitted himself well at right back. Got forward when he could to support Hudson-odoi.
Kurt Zouma: 7
A few typically surging runs in the first half, when he had little to do, as United were without a conventional centre forward. But his power and presence were needed in the second half as the visitors asked a few more questions.
Marc Guehi: 6
Not put under too much pressure in only his second appearance for the Blues and should take heart from his night’s work.
Marcos Alonso: 5
Clumsy challenge on Daniel James gifted United opener from the penalty spot after the visitors had hardly threatened. Had a late shot at goal but not one of the Spaniard’s better displays.
Billy Gilmour: 5
Worked very hard to get in the game, drifting across midfield in search of the ball. Had a good run on goal in the second half which ended in a shot being blocked by Marcos Rojo.
Some typically unfussy tidying up and link up play from Chelsea’s skipper for the day – Cesar Azpilicueta starting on the bench.
Mateo Kovacic: 5
Not involved in the big moments, as is often the case for the Croatian. Lots of running but underwhelming. Wafted a late strike well wide and picked up a booking.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: 6
Took a painful tumble over the advertising hoardings and it summed up a slightly disappointing night for the winger. Missed a low cross from Alonso from six yards and volleyed another effort just over.
Christian Pulisic: 5
Struggled to make the sort of impact fans would have been expecting in the wake of his stunning hat-trick at Burnley. Largely anonymous.
Michy Batshuayi: 6
Booked early on for planting his studs into Scott McTominay’s ankle. Might have picked up a second for a deliberate handball, but came good with a powerful surge and low shot past Sergio Romero on the hour.
Mason Mount: 6
Off the bench after 70 minutes in place of Gilmour. Unable to change the course of the evening for the Blues.
Replaced Pulisic on 70 minutes as part of a double substitution by Frank Lampard and soon gave away the free-kick from which Rashford made it 2-1 with a stunning shot over the wall.
Tammy Abraham: 6
Bought on for the final 12 minutes of normal time to try and rescue the evening. Lampard felt his need for a rest outweighed the possibility of him getting the goals that might win the tie, so the in-form striker was kept out of the starting XI.