Manchester United comfortably beat Yeovil Town 4-0 in the Fourth-round of the FA Cup. Marcus Rashford opened scoring shortly before half-time after a defensive mistake. Ander Herrera made it two after the break, and goals from substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku sealed a professional performance. New signing Alexis Sánchez played a pivotal role, Michael Carrick cruised like a Rolls Royce and Jesse Lingard came on to break records. Here are our player ratings:
Sergio Romero: 6.5
The back-up to David De Gea showed how important he is to the squad with an assured performance between the sticks. Busier in the first-half, Romero showed good handling and made some routine stops.
Matteo Darmian: 5
The Italian has become somewhat of a rarity in the United squad but got his chance today. He was exposed in the early moments of the game by Yeovil’s pacey Green and the winger should’ve done better, but Romero stood up well to his shot. Considering it was a struggling League 2 team, he disappointed in his forward play.
Victor Lindelöf: 5.5
After a good run of form in the team, Lindelöf looked rusty tonight. He made several unnecessary fouls when coming through the backs of the attackers and struggled often in the air.
Marcos Rojo: 6.5
Coped with the physical challenge better than his center-back partner. He helped United weather the storm somewhat in the first-half before being a passenger for large parts of the second-half. Did well to assist Lukaku for the fourth goal.
Luke Shaw: 6
Another solid performance from Shaw who didn’t put a foot wrong in the game. It was a conservative showing from the left-back, who we have seen bombing down the left-flank on numerous occasions this season. Still, a good game for Shaw.
Michael Carrick: 7
Carrick looked like he had never left. The odd loose ball was to be expected as the veteran shrugged off the cobwebs, but as the game progressed he showed his quality.
Scott McTominay: 6
Scott McTominay joined Herrera in the more adventurous of the midfielders, letting Carrick anchor down the center. He had some nice touches and defended well. Nothing spectacular, but a good performance and showing increasing confidence.
Ander Herrera: 6.5
Herrera performed with his usual dogged and determined style, breaking up play and offering energy going forward. His decent display was capped off with a nicely taken goal to double United’s lead.
Juan Mata: 6
Never really got out of third gear against a team that he should be dominating with his creativity. Occasionally went missing, but had his customary smart touches on the ball. Subbed after 65 minutes.
Alexis Sánchez: 8 (Man of the Match)
The debutant gave the United fans a sensational taster of what we can expect from the Chilean. He was constantly buzzing on and off the ball and was United’s creative outlet for large portions of the game. He assisted the first two goals in unselfish fashion, particularly Herrera’s. Looked like he fitted in comfortably to the United system.
Marcus Rashford: 7
Rashford took his goal well in typical poacher’s style. He could’ve offered United more of a hold-up outlet at times, but did not always get the service.
Romelu Lukaku (Sub, 65’): 6.5
Came on for Mata with 25 minutes of the game remaining. Took his goal well and found it easy against a Yeovil side who had thrown the towel in.
Jesse Lingard (Sub, 72’): 7
Scored a trademark solo goal to give United their third of the evening. His goal gives him 12 for the season, already breaking his record of goals for the past two seasons combined.
Angel Gomes (Sub, 88’): N/A
The youngster got his second first-team appearance for United. He came on with little time left but produced some wonderful skill and almost added to the tally.
José Mourinho: 8
This was a possible hiccup game against a side that was desperately in need of a big win. Mourinho approached the game with absolute professionalism and set up a team to win. Playing Sánchez gave United a creative edge and gave the forward chance to acclimatize to his teammates. Solid performance.