Manchester United cruised past Ipswich Town to advance to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup. A surprisingly strong United side made light work of Mick McCarthy's weakened team. Here are the United player ratings, inasmuch as we can learn anything from playing against the Ipswich Town shadow XI.
David De Gea: 6
Five points right off the bat for not being Sergio Romero. Aside from that, completely anonymous. Real Madrid dodged a bullet.
Antonio Valencia: 5
He didn't get stupidly get caught out of position, but he should have contributed much more on the overlap, given how little defending he had to do. One bonus point for using his left foot once during the game. Practice makes perfect.
Chris Smalling: 5?
Struggling to remember anything at all that Smalling did last night. There's a good chance he slipped out of the ground before halftime to beat traffic.
Daley Blind: 7
Excellent ball out of the back to set up the opening goal. Blind didn't have much to do, but always seemed to be in the right place at this right time.
Ashley Young: 6
On last night's evidence, Young is the best available option at left-back. He linked up well with Pereira on the wing, and deserves to keep his spot when Marcos Rojo returns from injury.
Bastian Schweinsteiger: 9
If the team as a whole never got out of second gear, Schweinsteiger never even started the engine. He bossed the midfield, naturally, but he was probably entitled to wonder why he bothered tying his boots, such was his superiority. Two extra points for finishing the match wearing the captain's armband, just as god intended.
Ander Herrera: 7
Herrera seemed to be everywhere last night. He was a constant blur of passing, moving, and tackling. Found myself shouting at the screen at least once to remind him that it was only Ipswich in the League Cup.
Juan Mata: 8
Ran rings around Ipswich, as he should have. Bonus point for yet again showing off his erotic first touch. Bonus point for being a dream boat.
Marouane Fellaini: 2
Somehow managed to look useless in two different positions, despite the poverty of the opposition. One point for each towering defensive header early in the first half, though. Aside from that...what's the point?
Andreas Pereira: 9
The youngster should be pleased with his full debut. His free-kick goal was a beauty, and he was never afraid to take players on, and was always looking for the ball. It's very early days, but he has the potential to be a very good attacking player: he showed that he can pass as well as dribble, and he has a turn of pace and eye for goal as well. Which again raises the question: What's the point of Fellaini?
Wayne Rooney: 6
Between the Club Brugge second-string and the Ipswich Town second-string, the England skipper seems to have found his level. Good goal, mind.
Phil Jones (on for Smalling, 70'): 10
Didn't injure himself. Get in!
Anthony Martial (on for Mata, 70'): 7
Ran onto to the field from the sidelines in a way that was eerily reminiscent of a young Thierry Henry. Scored yet another very well taken goal. Manchester United's best attacker is a child who no one had heard of a month ago.
Memphis Depay (on for Rooney, 81'): N/A
Furrowed his brow with serious intent.