Manchester United got their dream start to the 2019/20, a 4-0 win over rivals Chelsea. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s youthful side looked to be struggling a bit in the first half against an equally youthful Chelsea under new manager Frank Lampard. They led 1-0 at the half through a Marcus Rashford penalty, and then let loose in the second half against a vulnerable Blues back line. Anthony Martial, Rashford, and substitute Daniel James finished off the Londoners in ruthless fashion to secure 3 points and kick off the new league season.
Here are our player ratings from the 4-0 victory.
David De Gea: 9/10
Present Dave was definitely sharper than the Dave we saw at the end of last season. He was alert and up for the challenge Chelsea presented, and kept a much needed clean sheet. A fresh start for the entire defensive unite after one of the club’s worst defensive seasons in the Premier League era.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 7.5/10
Looked slightly shaky on the ball at times, but overall an ever present obstacle in the way of Chelsea down their left. He once again displayed his expert man marking and tackling skills, and looks more and more to be worth the hefty fee paid for his services.
Victor Lindelof: 8/10
Excellent today. Some tough opportunities faced, but overall worked really well as a unit with Maguire. United needed a makeover along the back, and Lindelof looks to finally have a reliable partner to help stabilize United’s defensive corps.
Harry Maguire: 9/10
Magnificent. Immediate impact and an imposing presence nearly every time Chelsea went forward. He was left scrambling a couple times as he dealt with some mistakes from the midfield and Shaw, but overall dominated most encounters with Chelsea attackers.
Luke Shaw: 5/10
Definitely the least impressive of the back four. Chelsea were able to go down their right a lot, and Shaw being caught out of position aided that. Also a bit lackluster going forward. He looks to still be in preseason mode, and he’ll need to focus to prevent some of his mistakes turning into concessions.
Scott McTominay: 6/10
United struggled to maintain control in midfield, and McTominay struggled individually. They settled a bit in the second half, and Scotty helped win back possession a few times as well. His athleticism and passing make him a better choice than Nemanja Matic currently, but he’s still got some growing up to do.
Paul Pogba: 8/10
Pogba struggled along with the midfield and maintaining possession, particularly in the first half, but settled very well and contributed assists to 2 of the 3 second half goals, including a spectacular through ball for Rashford. He’ll continue to be a catalyst for United’s attack for at least one more season, and he’s made a decent start to it.
Jesse Lingard: 6.5/10
Lingard struggled at times, but overall was an energetic and direct contributor as United tried to attack. Made a couple really good runs, and helped in the build up to the second goal. Hopefully will have more awareness going forward in this role.
Andreas Pereira: 6/10
Like Lingard, Pereira looked a bit lost and indecisive at times, but sent in a great cross for Martial’s goal. He and Lingard played a bit interchangeably, and it’s potentially a big step for Pereira being a more prominent squad member, but still very much a work in progress.
Marcus Rashford: 10/10
Excellent finishing on both the penalty and the through ball from Pogba. Rashford looks really sharp, and comfortable playing on the left alongside Martial at 9. His speed, attacking vision, and telepathic connection with Pogba were all on display as he put in a Man of the Match worthy performance.
Anthony Martial: 8/10
At Times Martial looked like he was struggling to settle in, but shed that in brilliant fashion in the second half. He looks ready for both the shirt and role of no. 9, and fans will expect more of the same from him.
Daniel James: 8/10
James made an instant impact, getting forward and capitalizing on Pogba’s breaking run to convert United’s 4th goal of the afternoon. He’s a big option off the bench for the Reds, and could yet develop into a starter if he continues to take his chances.
Juan Mata: N/A
Mata wasn’t really on the pitch long enough to judge an overall performance, but United did keep up the press throughout the final minutes. Expect to see more of Mata as Solskjaer continues to experiment at the no. 10 position.
Mason Greenwood: N/A
Like Mata, Greenwood wasn’t really on the pitch very long. However, Greenwood did nearly convert a 5th in the dying minutes. His positioning and decision making has been impressive in his brief first team body of work, hopefully he’ll continue to get chances under Solskjaer.