Manchester United put in their worst performance of the season in a 2-0 away defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Shocked by Christian Eriksen’s opener after just 11 seconds, United looked a completely different team than what they have shown in recent weeks. Disjointed and disappointing, here are our player ratings:
David De Gea: 6.5
United’s best player. The Spaniard had no chance with either goal and made some important stops in the second-half to keep the reds in with a chance. His stop against Son was particularly impressive.
Antonio Valencia: 5
The captain was rattled by Dele Alli throughout the game. With Spurs’ dangerous free-flowing counter-attacking, and United’s seeming inability to keep possession, he was forced to hold off from going forward.
Chris Smalling: 4
Neither of United’s central defenders can say they played well. Harry Kane gave them both a physical lesson and they were unable to handle the fast paced attack of Spurs’ front three. Smalling was often out of position and slow to react to danger.
Phil Jones: 4
A day to forget for Phil Jones. The usually so assured center-back looked a shadow of his former self and looked uncomfortable all evening. He was at fault for both goals; the first –coming in the opening 11 seconds – was a simple long ball that he failed to clear, and Eriksen was quickest to pounce, the second was a calamitous clearance that ended up in his own net.
Ashley Young: 4.5
Very poor today from Young. He was lazy in tracking his runner in the shock opening goal, and defended woefully throughout. The left-back was his usual adventurous self, which caused United’s defensive difficulties throughout, rather than producing anything going forward.
Nemanja Matić: 4.5
Another poor showing from Matić, who was outcompeted in the midfield. Arguably where the game was lost, the Serbian and Pogba had no control of the midfield whatsoever meaning Spurs had free run to transition forward. On the odd occasion he did venture forward, he was sloppy on the ball.
Paul Pogba: 4.5
The Frenchman was supremely disappointing today. Expecting a creative source for United’s new look attack, Pogba offered little to nothing in the midfield.
Anthony Martial: 4.5
Never got going in the game. He was well defended by Trippier and Sanchez and struggled to impact in anyway.
Jesse Lingard: 5.5
Joins his attacking teammates with a substandard performance. Rarely got on the ball in the attacking third and was stopped at every turn by Dier.
Alexis Sánchez: 6
Buzzed around on his Premier League debut but was ineffective. Sánchez looked like he could be the game-changer in the first-half but completely faded in the second.
Romelu Lukaku: 5.5
Isolated up-top, Lukaku had no service throughout the game. Anytime the ball found its way to the big striker, he was sloppy in his hold-up and had no runners around him. Had a powerful shot well saved by Loris.
Marouane Fellaini (Sub, 63’): N/A
Came on for Jesse Lingard after 60 minutes, but came off for Herrera less than 10 minutes later. Suspected injury.
Juan Mata (Sub, 63’): 4.5
Replaced the disappointing Paul Pogba on the hour mark. Offered nothing.
Ander Herrera (Sub, 70): 4
Subbed on for the injured Fellaini after 70 minutes. Gave the ball away in nearly every touch he had.
José Mourinho: 6
His starting line-up had United fans’ mouths watering at the prospect of Sánchez joining the Reds’ already stacked attacking force. However, it was an embarrassing performance from his side who never looked threatening in the game. His subs actually made United worse. Out-played in midfield, defense ripped by Spurs’ front men, and the explosive attacking players firing blanks, it was an evening to forget for United.