De Gea: 9/10
Really started getting tested late in the first half, and City laid siege to the United defense in the second, but David De Gea was up for the challenge. Excellent performance from the Spaniard, who was unlucky not to get a clean sheet, but saved the day on more than one occasion.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 10/10
Wan-Bissaka put in a defensive masterclass today, shutting down a dangerous left-wing attack of Raheem Sterling with Angelino overlapping. Maybe his best performance for United as he continues to show he’s worth the fee United paid.
Victor Lindelof: 7/10
Had some scary moments, including an awful giveaway to set up Raheem Sterling (who squandered the chance, but did well getting in the way of shots and shutting down the middle of City’s attack.
Harry Maguire: 8/10
Maguire had a really good performance today, and was an important physical presence in United’s defense. Could have done better late on with the set piece goal by Otamendi, but the defense held on, and he was a big part of that.
Luke Shaw: 6/10
He looked a bit shaky, and throughout the match he had trouble dealing with City’s players on the right. Does not look like he’s back to 100% fitness after a long time out of action, but with that being said it wasn’t as costly a performance as it could have been. Still, Brandon Williams looking like the better option at the moment.
Scott McTominay: 7.5/10
Surprisingly McTominay was fouled quite a bit today. Guess that just confirms that he was a player on the ball that City saw as a threat
Fred was brilliant today. He’s finally starting to look comfortable in midfield for United, and is linking up really well with the front 3. There could be a player there yet.
Jesse Lingard: 7/10
Energetic performance from Lingard today. Still could do better linking up on the break, but overall a solid outing.
Marcus Rashford: 8/10
A similar performance to the one a few days ago, full of energy and always looking for goals. Won and then calmly converted yet another penalty after a poor conversion rate brought negative attention at the beginning of the year, and really put the pressure on throughout the match, even as United’s possession and attacking chances faded away.
Daniel James: 7/10
Excellent work rate yet again. He gave Angelino quite a bit of trouble today, and probably should have scored on a couple occasions.
Anthony Martial: 8/10
Buried a brilliant goal that would end up being the winner. Looked a lot more comfortable than in previous games. Sharp and involved in the first half, but his contributions faded out as United had to go on the defensive in the second half.
Andreas Pereira: 5/10
Didn’t do anything to shore up the midfield, and gave the ball away a couple times, but helped prevent dangerous counter attacks on a couple of occasions.
Ashley Young: N/A
Came on for Luke Shaw, who looks like he may have picked up a knock late. Didn’t have much time on the pitch, but had a couple good clearances to ease pressure.
Axel Tuanzebe: N/A
Brought on late to shore up the defense. Wasn’t on too long, but United didn’t concede again.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 8/10
Ole could be at the wheel and cruising again after two huge wins this week, wins in which his team came out ready for war against sides perceived to be more talented than this United side. The defense and midfield were well organized, and his substitutions late did well to boost the defensive energy against a resurgent City attack. Starting Shaw seems like a mistake in hindsight, but other than that Solskjaer sent out the right players to get the job done.