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David De Gea: 6.5/10
It was a pleasant evening for the Spanish as he was barely troubled by the attacking unit of Blades. Made no mistakes, was good at positioning, and distributed the ball efficiently to set up a United attack. A clean sheet today should boost his confidence and help him in regaining the form we’ve all been waiting for.
Aaron Wan Bissaka: 8/10
The Spider was in a great form today, and even assisted Martial’s second goal through a gorgeous low driven cross after beating Blades’ left-back through a clean dribble. Also cleared out a dangerous cross fantastically and kept his flank barricaded throughout the game. This game displayed a huge improvement in attacking side of his game, and if the improvement continues, it’s not long before he establishes himself as best right-back in the league.
Harry Maguire: 6.5/10
A comfortable night for the skipper today. Didn’t have to make many blocks or tackles, but whatever he did, it was clean and did not cause troubles at back. It seems like Matic screening with Maguire at back is a good solution for United because even if Matic fails to catch the attacking unit, his positional awareness and playing style gives Maguire enough time to get into the right position.
Victor Lindelof: 7/10
Just like Maguire, Lindelof didn’t have much on his plate either. Made some good blocks and cleared out ball on important moments, breaking the momentum of Blades from time to time. Along with this he also made some good forward passes, and handled everything comfortably, getting him some extra marks as compared to Maguire today. Overall, the Centre Back duo had a fairly comfortable evening.
Luke Shaw: 5.5/10
He is surely getting the worst rating today. Misplaced passes, low awareness, bad crosses, and even a yellow card. Shaw failed at everything miserably and it certainly wasn’t an evening to remember for him. I won’t be surprised if Ole starts Williams if Shaw puts in same performance for one more game.
Nemanja Matic: 7.5/10
I had certain doubts regarding Matic’s recovery as he has aged and we all have witnessed drop in his sprint speed. But I have to admit that my doubts were wrong, and Ole made a perfect decision by starting him. Screened the defense really well and didn’t let Blades players run through him easily. Along with this he also made recoveries and maintained a great passing accuracy. A rock solid show by the Serbian!
Paul Pogba: 8.5/10
I don’t even know where to get started with his performance. If not for assists, I would have rated Rashford below him. I have no complaints at all. He made whole Sheffield squad’s life dreadful with his line breaking passes, long balls, ball control and dribbling. This display was a reminder of his best 2016/17 display – a performance that might not get goals or assists, but literally the whole buildup and cover behind them. Created 4 chances and contributed to goals as well. World Class.
Bruno Fernandes: 7.5/10
The Portugese midfielder was efficient throughout the game and created a goal scoring chance too. He also played a major role in Martial’s goal through that flick that contributed to Tiki Taka style momentum. Started the game with bad passing accuracy but made ball recoveries and put good through balls throughout the game.
Mason Greenwood: 7/10
I have always admired Greenwood since his first performance for United, and while he is still developing, he displayed great maturity in the game today. He might not have contributed via a goal or assist, but he controlled the ball well, made good movements, committed less mistakes, and had great awareness as long as he was available on the pitch. Huge potential.
Marcus Rashford: 9/10
Anthony Martial: 10/10
Odin Ighalo -> Anthony Martial
So, that was it for this article, hope you enjoyed the game and are geared up for the next match against Brighton. Let’s see what Seagulls have for us.