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Horrendous performance from a toothless side. With Martial, Pogba and Greenwood all unavailable, it truly shows how important they are to the attacking side of the team. Here are the ratings:
David de Gea 7/10
Can’t fault David for the team’s woeful performance, nor for either goals which were both far too good for the Spaniard to prevent. Made some important stops to keep United in the game throughout.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7/10
Can’t fault Wan-Bissaka either. Bombed up and down, linked up well in attack and could have got his first United assist a few times had the forwards made the right runs.
Victor Lindelof 5/10
He’s not having the best start to the season and hasn’t done so since joining United. He does seem to pick himself up further down the line but has been bullied at the back lately.
Harry Maguire 5/10
Relatively composed throughout the game but lost Yarmolenko too easily for the goal. Missed a glorious opportunity at 1-0 so his rating decreased.
Ashley Young 5/10
Defensively sound but awful in attack. Terrible set pieces and crosses into the box. He seems to only perform in that area if there’s a target man in the box…
Nemanja Matic 3/10
Terrible. He offers nothing to this team except another body in the lineup. Static in attack and slow to defend and press. He is not suited to Ole’s team or the high press and everyone knows it.
Scott McTominay 6.5/10
Alongside Matic, McTominay was asked to be the creative player of a midfield two. He is not that player and it showed and despite all his energy and aggression, he cannot do what Pogba or even Fred can. He has all the ability to play in Matic’s role and should do so alongside Fred (until January) who compliments McTominay’s abilities better than the Serbian.
Andreas Pereira 4/10
I honestly feel sorry for Pereira. He should be played at no.10 or no.8 but is resigned to play on the right until a signing can be made. He doesn’t have the pace to beat defenders or track back fast fullbacks, he is not allowed to take may set pieces, which are his specialty and he is not trusted on the ball in wide areas. Poor performance, but not fully his fault.
Juan Mata 4/10
His performance was his fault. He rarely affected anything and his through balls were poorly timed and failed to make a difference. Ought to have scored in the second half and was subbed off after a stale performance.
Daniel James 7/10
Cannot fault James’ energy and hunger to win the ball and counter with his pace. He was living off scraps and made some good chances from them, I expect him to start against Rochdale.
Marcus Rashford 4/10
It might be best that he is injured. He has had very little rest this season or any season in which he seems to play 50+ games per season. Greenwood should be fit for the next game and Martial and Pogba ought to be back for the Arsenal match too. He had a bad performance before he was injured but at least he was a striker in his natural position.
Jesse Lingard 5/10
Did make some chances but they were scarce. He does offer something off the bench, especially when playing on the counter, but failed to do anything on Sunday.
Better than Matic but not by much today. Has to start over Matic and maybe in the no.8 role and allow Pogba (when back) to move further forward.
Angel Gomes 6/10
Had to live off scraps but was energetic and skillful when coming on. Looks more and more confident and hope he shows it against Rochdale.