Manchester United vs Burnley : Player Ratings

Manchester United put an average performance at home against Burnley. The German had made changes to a side which played on Monday night against Newcastle with Bailly and Shaw starting.

McTominay got the Red Devils of to a good start with a curler from the edge of the area in the 8th minute. This was United quickest top flight goal since the Scot scored twice in the opening minutes against Leeds in 2020.

Sancho’s deflected effort doubled the host’s advantage before Ronaldo’s tap in. Ronaldo’s tap in came after McTominay’s shot had been pushed on to the post by Burnley keeper Wayne Hennessey. Aaron Lennon took advantage of a poor first touch from Bailly to score for Burnley with a clinical finish.

Before the game Manchester United had always struggled in this fixture.

Player Ratings

David De Gea – 6

De Gea did not have much to do today. His distribution and commanding of the box were good. De Gea could not do anything for the Aaron Lennon goal as he couldn’t quite get a hand to the shot. Near the end of the game, he comfortably caught Tarkowski’s header.

Aaron Wan Bissaka – 6

He probably did not play well enough to justify a place as starting right back. In the 10th minute, he did well to block a shot. Near the end of the game, he misplaced a pass to De Gea after doing all the hard work to get out of trouble.

Eric Bailly – 6

Eric Bailly should have cleared the ball for the goal. He also should have communicated better with Wan Bissaka to block Lennon’s shot. In the 62nd minute, Bailly did well to stay with Lennon and stop him from shooting.

Harry Maguire – 4

Maguire should not have backed away from Lennon for the Burnley goal. On two other occasions, Harry Maguire got bullied. He did not perform like a Manchester United captain. There is so much Maguire needs to improve upon if he wants to remain Manchester United captain.

Luke Shaw – 7

Luke Shaw can offer more energy and composure than Telles. In today’s game, he linked up well with Sancho. A perfect example of him linking up well with Sancho is his involvement in the Ben Mee own goal. He also went on a good run, which resulted in a shot just wide of the post. But one negative is the bad tackle he did on Burnley’s Mc Neil in the first half.

Nemanja Matic – 6

Matic provided a platform for Mc Tominay to attack which, contributed to his performance. Matic also provided the platform for Luke Shaw to go forward. Positionally he was great as he didn’t go forward unnecessarily. However, on the ball Matic was not great.

Scott McTominay – 8

Scott Mc Tominay showed us the attacking element to his game. He scored near the edge of the Burnley penalty area. Scott Mc Tominay also hit the post before Ronaldo scored the rebound. The Burnley keeper tipped McTominay shot over the bar. This game showed that one of his strengths is getting to the edge of the opposition penalty area. But that is the position that Bruno and Pogba occupy.

Mason Greenwood – 6

Greenwood was alert on the ball but quiet in the first half. He forced a save out of the Burnley goalkeeper. He was also involved in the counter-attack that led to the Burnley keeper denying McTominay. But he isn’t going to improve if he is not getting chances in front of a goal.

Jadon Sancho – 7

Sancho played a crucial part in Ben Mee’s own goal. Despite not getting the goal, his shot resulted in a deflection of Ben Mee. In the first half, he was dispossessed too easily on two occasions. In the first half, he also linked up well with Shaw.

Edison Cavani – 5

Cavani was quiet but did have a chance when he forced a save from the Burnley goalkeeper despite being offside. He also found Greenwood who forced a save from the Burnley goalkeeper. This performance could be because he is close to leaving. Contrast this with Ronaldo, who was working hard throughout the game.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 6

Ronaldo missed chances despite getting on the scoresheet. He also assisted McTominay’s goal. Once in the first half, Ronaldo took too many touches when a shot was on if he hit the ball the first time. Despite getting a goal and an assist in the first half, his most memorable action was skiing a one on one.

Manchester United Subs

Varane – 6

Replaced Eric Bailly and did a steady job.

Dalot – 6

Did a steady job in his cameo on the right wing.

Fred – N/A

He came on in added time.

Manchester United Manager

Ralf Rangnick – 6

Made proactive changes to the front four and freshened up at full back, while McTominay benefited from playing next to a sitting midfielder.

Author: Edward

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