De Gea: 6/10
De Gea didn’t keep a clean sheet, but apart from the goals he seemed to be honed in. Fresh off of a new 4 year deal, the Spaniard helped keep the Reds in it despite some scary moments. United’s depleted midfield and forward units added to the pressure on the defense, but for the most part De Gea held up on his end. He probably could have done better on the Cresswell free kick, given his ability and previous record saving them, but it was a foul in a dangerous area by Ashley Young that set it up.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 6.5/10
Possibly United’s best outfield player on the day, Wan-Bissaka was a shutdown defender on his own right side of defense, but also Ashley Young’s left side on a couple occasions. He looked more fit than he did last weekend, and got forward several times, playing in some dangerous balls to the West Ham area. However, he did give the ball away which led to the Cresswell free kick that sealed United’s fate.
Victor Lindelof: 5.5/10
United’s defense was alright on the day, but needed to be perfect with the lack of quality and depth in midfield and up front. A well worked West Ham goal caught both Lindelof and Maguire looking, and ultimately proved a decisive moment.
Harry Maguire: 5/10
Like Lindelof, Maguire was alright apart from the opening goal. Defense wasn’t really the big problem for United on the day, it was their lack of chances and meaningful possession. United did have a few set piece opportunities though, which Maguire failed to make an impact on. One that he did get a hold of, he sent a shot right at Fabianski. All in all he didn’t have many opportunities to impact the game, but when he did he didn’t deliver.
Ashley Young: 4/10
Young’s performance today was another reminder of why the club were in the market for a full-back this summer. He was caught out of position, gave the ball away, missed on a couple crosses and corners, and gave away the free kick that sealed the 3 points for West Ham.
Scott McTominay: 5.5/10
McTominay had no major errors, only a couple giveaways (but who didn’t today?), he simply failed to make much of an impact in a midfield that desperately needed someone to step up.
Nemanja Matic: 3/10
Matic was really poor again. Turnovers, slow on recovery, and bad vision. Matic is past it, and it’s on Solskjaer now to test his other options.
Andreas Pereira: 5/10
Pereira put in another performance where he wasn’t lacking for effort, only execution. United needed him to show the creativity that has earned him another chance at the club, but he failed to deliver. However, he didn’t give the ball away as much as he did in other performances this season. If he can start turning possessions into chances he could be a contributor yet.
Juan Mata: 4/10
Mata was poor today. He was involved in a few chances, working the ball into dangerous positions several times, but his inability to score proved costly. He missed on the best chance of the game, sending a shot wide in front of an open goal at the back post. He needs to step up and deliver if he’s to remain at no. 10.
Daniel James: 5.5/10
When United have needed a spark in attack this season, James has been up for the task. He didn’t get many opportunities to do so today, and didn’t get much help from the midfield or his partners in the forward line either. Still, he managed to make some dangerous runs. Late on he had a chance to get one back, but hit the side netting from an angle.
Marcus Rashford: 4/10
Rashford’s performance today was a bit alarming. The nature of his injury suggests he may have been playing through something, but he looked fit enough in the first half. He simply couldn’t make meaningful contributions. He hesitated on a chance through on goal, and wasn’t getting into position in time to convert one of the many decent balls into the box from the wings. Hopefully his injury isn’t too serious, because United are already short handed at forward. They need someone playing consistently to find any kind of form.
Jesse Lingard: 4/10
Marcus Rashford suddenly pulled up with a non-contact injury early in the second half. He got up and went straight for the dressing room, and Solskjaer opted to bring on Lingard with Martial and Greenwood both out of the squad. Lingard’s pace added something to United’s attack, but other than that he didn’t offer much else. It’s getting desperate with United’s lack of depth.
Fred : 5/10
Fred took a few minutes to adjust to the game, giving the ball away several times, but once he was settled he looked like the kind of midfielder United needed. He played some good passes forward to start counter attacks, and provided much needed energy in the center of the park. Needs to work on his passing, but certainly looks like a more impactful option than Matic at the moment.
Angel Gomes: N/A
Gomes had a good runout midweek in the win over Astana, and many fans on social media wanted to see him at no. 10 in the Premier League. He did get on for the final 10 minutes, but it wasn’t enough time to influence the match. Still, he looks a bright talent, and with a depleted squad he’ll likely be called into action again soon.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 3/10
There’s a lot stacked up against Ole. He’s being asked to oversee a rebuild without reinforcements for many of the players that left, he’s lost several players to injury, and of the players that are fit there’s a few either past it or not good enough. However, even with the benefit of the doubt, Ole has to do better putting out a team that can compete. Matic, Young, and Mata are each players that have been making costly mistakes, and are players in a position with other options. And when he does bring on the other options, it feels a bit too late. Game management and substitutions are areas Ole must improve at.