Manchester United brought home three points after a victory away at Bournemouth on Saturday. Though the whole Bournemouth squad cost less than one Paul Pogba, they put up a fight and looked like the better team during the first half. Come the second, Manchester United found their footing and finished on a strong note. Here are our player ratings.
David De Gea: 8
Sure, he allowed a goal, but I blame the shoddy defense more than I blame him. He made some very important saves that gave United a lifeline. As Bournemouth put up several shots early on, De Gea was there with some great saves.
Ashley Young: 8
You couldn’t miss Ashley Young on the pitch on Saturday. Though he was given a yellow card for a challenge on Adam Smith, he made a positive impact on the game. He aided on the goal that tied the match, providing both offensive and defensive support.
Luke Shaw: 6
Shaw also found himself with a yellow card in the match. He made some good blocks, preventing a second goal from Bournemouth. Other than a few questionable challenges, Shaw gave a strong performance.
Victor Lindelöf: 5
I usually find good in every Lindelöf performance, but he just didn’t do it for me this match. I barely noticed he was on the pitch. He wasn’t bad, per se, just a bit invisible.
Chris Smalling: 4
Oh Smalling, what was that terrible defending early in the match? A big mistake on a cross from Callum Wilson cross could have been deadly. It lead to another Bournemouth possession that resulted in the opening goal. Smalling struggled.
Nemanja Matić: 5
Matić was another player who got lost for me today. He didn’t seem to have much of an impact on the game. Again, not a bad performance, just a forgettable one.
Paul Pogba: 6
Paul Pogba, why must you make such unnecessary choices? As the second half kicked off, Pogba lobbed it out, giving Bournemouth possession immediately. I must say, Pogba did have some wonderful passes, and it was his dribble and cross that created the game winner.
Fred was another player who struggled. He gave away the ball, and failed to follow through with opportunities on goal. He also had that ridiculous flop at the end of the first half. Not his day.
Juan Mata: 6
Another player who failed to make much of an impression. He didn’t do anything bad, but he didn’t have much of an impact either. He was subbed out early in the second half.
Anthony Martial: 9
I have to give Marital a high rating. What a roll this kid is on! He netted his fifth goal in his last five Premier League appearances. He had the equalizing goal that set the tone for the second half. The man of the match!
Alexis Sánchez: 7
Sanchez made his first start in almost a month and had a pretty good performance. He assisted the Martial goal and certainly had a presence on the pitch.
Ander Herrera (Sub, 56’): 6
Herrera came in on a second-half substitution. He was all over the pitch, adding energy to the squad that was finally finding their groove. Nothing special, but played a good supporting role as the team started to dominate possession.
Marcus Rashford (Sub, 56’): 9
Marcus Rashford had the beautiful game-winning goal in stoppage time after being brought on as a sub. He has been struggling a bit but impressed on the pitch on Saturday. I hope Rashford is able to find his game the way Martial has so far this season.
Jesse Lingard (Sub, 78’): 5
Lingard was a late substitution, so he didn’t see much time on the pitch. He did have a scoring opportunity, so I gave him a five because I have a soft spot in my heart for him, okay?
José Mourinho: 6
Aside from kicking a water bottle and a few other dramatic moments, the manager handled himself well. He made changes to the line up in the second half that turned out to be key decisions. Without subbing on Rashford, who knows if United would have been able to find a winning goal.