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West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Manchester United: Player Ratings

How did Juan Mata, Memphis and David de Gea score for their performances for Manchester United in their 1-0 defeat to West Brom in the Premier League.

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David de Gea 6

Didn't have much to do, and there wasn't anything he could have done for the goal from Salomon Rondon. I hope he enjoys Madrid because he doesn't deserve to keep going through this.

Matteo Darmian 5

Possibly the most disappointing signing of the season, along with all the others except Anthony Martial, but it's not his fault United chose to buy a full-back who cannot cross. At least he didn't get injured, I suppose. Worth giving a chance next season, too, but he needs to be in a better defence than this.

Chris Smalling 6

The standout performer of United's defence, but even then that was because he wasn't absolutely rancid. He provided decent cover, at times, but there's not much he can do when he's stuffed into a mini with a group of clowns.

Daley Blind 5

Not a central defender, and it's a sackable offence that Louis van Gaal decided to treat him as his first choice there, too. Poor effort on the goal, too.

Marcos Rojo 5

Rojo can't cross, but he can get injured. He managed to avoid the latter this time, but apart from the poor crossing, he was an adequate presence. Better Cameron Borthwick-Jackson gets back as swiftly as possible.

Michael Carrick 3

What's the point of him, then?

Ander Herrera 4

Sadly took inspiration from the absolutely merit-free Carrick.

Juan Mata 2

He's not the worst player United have by a long measure, but after Wayne Rooney it's worth wondering if he is the player who is most seriously underperforming. There are still the occasional vital interventions, but you have to wonder, isn't every goal vital for United simply because they score so few of them these days? There's nothing of late to change Jose Mourinho's mind about him should he arrive, but there is probably a hope that he would improve if United had a generally better side. The problem here is that he is also a target for replacement too. United need a much more technically able, quicker and stronger attack, and he only contributes one of those qualities.

Jesse Lingard 5

Guff, but he's a Championship player and no more. It's not his fault he's the best option despite that.

Anthony Martial 5

Anonymous, but like the rest of the forwards he wasn't helped by the sending off.

Marcus Rashford 5

His worst performance so far, but that means almost nothing in the context of the season, his age, and the way the match played out.


Morgan Schneiderlin 4

He needs to be alongside better players to impress, or in a midfield three. There's only so many times you can feel that United players need to be alongside better players to flourish, before you might start to wonder if they're all simply not good enough.

Memphis 4

Same as ever, any recent improvement has been lost.

Fosu-Mensah 6