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Player ratings: Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United

Herrera shone as Darmian struggled

Manchester United v West Ham United - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

David de Gea: 6

There wasn’t much that de Gea could have done to prevent Diafra Sakho’s goal. He was a bystander for most of the game but made one key save to keep the score level late on.

Antonio Valencia: 6

Got forward well and offered natural width down the right, allowing Juan Mata to cut inside, although his delivery was inconsistent. Defensively, coped fairly well with his marking duties on Dimitri Payet.

Marcos Rojo: 7

He’s a car wreck at left-back, but in the centre of defence Rojo is perfectly serviceable. He was thoroughly decent again yesterday and is slowly becoming a contender to partner Eric Bailly once the Ivorian returns from injury. At least until a more able alternative is signed.

Phil Jones: 7

Jones was solid again. His recent run of games has been encouraging after being pretty much being written off before the season began. He’ll be a useful member of the squad as long as the sticky tape holding his bones together holds up. Plus, everyone loves a bit of Phil Jones Face.

Matteo Darmian: 4

It’s hard to justify Luke Shaw’s continued exclusion from the squad when Darmian is starting at left-back. The Italian very much looked like a right-back shaped peg stuffed into a left-back shaped hole; not good.

Ander Herrera: 8

Once again, Herrera was excellent. The Spaniard covered every blade of grass, filling gaps defensively and instigating attacking moves with crisp, accurate and well-timed forward passes.

Paul Pogba: 7

You won’t see much talk of Pogba playing well in the press because is much more fun to label the £89 million signing as a flop. But for several weeks now the 23-year-old has been great. He notched his first assist of the season with a superb pass for Ibrahimovic against the Hammers and created two chances in total, had three shots, completed four take-ons and 87 percent of his passes.

Jesse Lingard: 6

Conceded a needless foul which led to West Ham’s goal and struggled to impact the game in any meaningful way. Had the ball in the net at one point but was rightfully ruled offside.

Juan Mata: 6

Mata has been brilliant so far this season but this wasn’t one of his best performances as his usually potent creative juices didn’t seem to be flowing.

Marcus Rashford: 5

The youngster is struggling for form a bit of late and could probably do with a rest. Missed a one-on-one chance that you’d have bet your granny on him scoring last season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 6

Tasked with marking Sakho in the build up to the West Ham man scoring, Ibrahimovic inexplicably attempted to defend Payet’s swinging free kick with his boot at head height; it didn’t work. Scored the equaliser and generally linked play pretty well.


Wayne Rooney: The skipper was measured and accurate but unable to create anything meaningful. Unlucky not to start after his performance on Thursday.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Energetic and bright if slightly wasteful. Should have started.

Marouane Fellaini: The living embodiment of a plan B sought to lose possession and give away free-kicks at every opportunity.