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Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-2 Burnley

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A bleak outing

Manchester United v Burnley FC - Premier League Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Starters

David De Gea: 6/10

Didn’t get a lot of help on the goals, but still beaten at the near post on the second.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 5/10

Played in arguably United’s best chance in the first half. A bit more confident going forward than what we’ve seen, but not enough.

Phil Jones: 4/10

Struggled with a relatively poor Burnley attack, and Jay Rodriguez took advantage. Might have played better than Maguire today, but that’s not a high bar.

Harry Maguire: 3/10

If ever United needed a leader more this season it’s now, but Maguire’s first two matches as official club captain have not gone well. Exposed again for his lack of command and poor set piece awareness.

Brandon Williams: 5/10

Some nice runs and passes forward, but didn’t make an impact on the game.

Nemanja Matić: 5/10

Actually played a few nice passes forward. Set up Wan-Bissaka nicely for the Mata chance. Still, offers little as a defensive screen, which is his main job.

Fred: 5/10

Looked less overwhelmed than he did at the weekend, but lacks the ability to dictate matches from midfield. Needs to start contributing more key passes consistently.

Andreas Pereira: 2/10

Very poor yet again. Turnovers and poor decision-making almost guaranteed with him in the starting XI.

Daniel James: 4/10

Didn’t do enough to capitalize on chances in the first half, but created a couple of decent ones. Still, not as involved as we saw from his early season appearances.

Juan Mata: 5/10

Was creative for United, but misplaced a free kick in his usual range and absolutely whiffed on an excellent chance to give United the lead.

Anthony Martial: 3/10

Ineffective and wasteful with rare chances.

Substitutes

Mason Greenwood: 5/10

Replaced Pereira at halftime, but did nothing to settle things down or create chances.

Luke Shaw: N/A

Headed in a goal that got called back for a foul.

Jesse Lingard: N/A

Had some decent half chances late.

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 2/10

Ole is not the biggest problem at United, this needs to be clear. However, when a first team squad can’t get up for Burnley at Old Trafford there are serious problems with gameplanning. This inconsistency has resulted in United’s worst start to a season since 1990 through 24 games. Yes, there needs to be more investment and planning in a squad overhaul, but the management week-to-week has been inadequate.