Manchester United managed to take all 3 points for the first time since matchweek 1 in a 1-0 win over Leicester City. Marcus Rashford’s early penalty proved to be enough after a dominant defensive performance from the Maguire-Lindelof partnership, and a (hopefully) return to form for David De Gea. For more thorough analysis be sure to check out the match report.
Here are the player ratings from the win.
De Gea: 8/10
De Gea put in a good performance after another scary pair of performances. The defense as a whole was a lot less shaky, against arguably better opposition than Palace or Southampton, and De Gea’s crucial saves allowed a depleted midfield and forward line to cling to a 1-0 lead and seal 3 points.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 7/10
Another solid performance from Wan-Bissaka, who has already become a fan favorite for his lock-down defending and work rate. He struggled to get involved in the attack as much as he has in previous games, but those aren’t his first duties. Looks like he may still be carrying a bit of a knock, but not enough to keep him from playing.
Victor Lindelof: 7/10
Lindelof had a tough go of it against Palace and Southampton, but played much better today. He had a couple of scary moments, particularly dealing with James Maddison in the area on one Leicester chance, but he crucially dealt with a late through ball to Jamie Vardy, and his budding partnership with Harry Maguire continued to grow as the pair kept a clean sheet.
Harry Maguire: 9/10
Maguire had an excellent outing against his former team. The £80m man kept his composure against a dangerous Leicester front line, and used his dominant frame well against quick opposition. He also came close to doubling United’s lead on a corner in the second half. Fans have been waiting for him to contribute offensively as well, and he doesn’t look far away from doing so.
Ashley Young: 6/10
Young put in a decent shift at left back, where he looks a lot more comfortable than at right back. He’s clearly not a full-back, but he actually made a couple tackles and did alright overlapping with Daniel James. Could always do better crossing and passing, but it’s not likely he’ll rediscover the form that made him a dangerous winger earlier in his career.
Scott McTominay: 7/10
In a midfield of tired legs and ambiguous talent, McTominay offered some refreshing youthfulness. By no means a dominant midfield performance (Maybe by comparison to Matic), but he did enough to alleviate some of the pressure on a busy back line and provide some distribution to the mostly cut off forward line.
Nemanja Matic: 3/10
No getting around it, Matic was really poor today. Looked a bit lost at times defensively, and gave the ball away several times when United actually managed to possess. Solskjaer is clearly not a fan, but unfortunately he may be forced into action more with the lack of depth. He’s shown he can still be decent for United in possession, but he’s more often than not a liability.
Andreas Pereira: 4.5/10
Andreas Pereira had another poor performance today. Starting on the right, but drifting central later on, his poor touch and distribution ran a couple United possessions into the ground. He had a shot on target late in the match, but it was a weak effort right into the arms of Schmeichel. Another player who seems unlikely to survive the rebuild, but who the club need for the time being with no new arrivals.
Juan Mata: 5.5/10
Mata was serviceable at the top of a weak midfield. He’s not the attacking midfielder he once was, but it was good to have at least one midfielder capable of passing in the final third. Had a couple decent link-ups with James, and got into some dangerous positions early. Unfortunately, he probably won’t keep up his contributions with the same energy over a full 90 ever again. Still, his ability to create just one or two chances comes in handy for a team like this United side.
Daniel James: 7/10
Daniel James didn’t manage to keep up his goal scoring form for both club and country, but his energy and creativity was much needed for a starting 11 heavily lacking in both. He’s looking more and more comfortable each week, and could be a very important player this season.
Marcus Rashford: 6.5/10
If not for the penalty this rating would be much lower, but Rash managed to put the penalty narrative behind him and place one in the bottom corner for United’s only goal of the game.
Fred looked really good coming on for Matic, and got forward a couple times to create opportunities. He laid an excellent ball across the top of the Leicester box for Andreas Pereira, who promptly squandered it with his indecision to shoot or let it run to James. A promising cameo from a player who struggled mightily to make an impact last year.
Tahith Chong: 5/10
There wasn’t a lot for Chong to do when he came on, but he also didn’t do much when he was on. He provided some fresh legs in attack, but failed to do much more than participate in time-killing passing. An exciting talent for United, but like Greenwood he’s lacked direction and purpose when he comes on as a sub.
Axel Tuanzebe: N/A
Unfortunately didn’t get much playing time today, but promising that he’s already ahead of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo on the depth chart.