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Player Ratings: Tranmere Rovers 0-6 Manchester United

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Jones & Maguire > Cole & Yorke

Tranmere Rovers v Manchester United - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Prenton Park Photo by Simon Cooper/PA Images via Getty Images

Starters

Sergio Romero: 6/10

Romero has this back up ‘keeper lark figured out. He had a couple of routine saves, but other than that he was largely unbothered and added another clean sheet to his record.

Luke Shaw: 5/10

Shaw, like Dalot on the opposite flank, was pushed further up field than usual in United’s 3-5-2 set-up. He managed not to be a source of aggravation, and cemented his place as Brandon Williams’ understudy.

Victor Lindelöf: 6/10

A quiet afternoon for the Swede, who managed to leave most of the dirty work to Jones and Maguire. Which is just as well, because Lindelöf is soft as fresh bread.

Phil Jones: 7/10

Phil Jones looked firmly in his element playing on Tranmere’s cow patch of a pitch. There he was: throwing himself into tackles, gurning, getting covered in mud, and of course almost seriously injuring himself on multiple occasions. And he even scored. Like a pig in shit.

Harry Maguire: 10/10

All this time, we’ve been setting the team up backwards. Maguire is yet to win an attacking header in 5 months, because this whole time he’s secretly been a playmaker who needs the ball played to his feet. A goal from outside the box, AND an assist? Juan Slabhead Veron. The Sheffield Platini. Shove yer Bruno Fernandes up yer bollocks. Start Maguire in the hole for the rest of the season.

Diogo Dalot: 7/10

Cracking strike to double United’s lead, in which he was helpfully aided by Tranmere’s defenders standing off him like he was contagious. Looks most comfortable at wing-back.

Nemanja Matić: 6/10

Matić can still look like a commanding presence, as long as he has to run as little as possible for a professional footballer. Held it down in the middle with both force and guile before being withdrawn at the break.

Andreas Pereira: 5/10

Kept things ticking over well enough, and notched an assist from the corner that led to Jones’ goal. An effective corner — we had started to forget what that felt like.

Jesse Lingard: 6/10

Great curling strike to score United’s third. Took over the armband late on to continue his 100% record as captain. Bryan Robson, eat your heart out.

Mason Greenwood: 6/10

Coolly rolled home a penalty in the second half to make it 6-0, and held his own physically all match.

Anthony Martial: 7/10

Held the ball up well, linked up effectively with the players around him, and didn’t shirk from the physical challenge. Scored a cracking goal to make it 5-0 before half time, and it was his neat interplay that set up Dalot’s goal.

Substitutes

Tahith Chong: 5/10

Looked right at home at this level, which is worrying news for whichever Serie A club his agent talks into buying him this summer.

Brandon Williams: 6/10

Slotted into the back line with United in cruise control, and did his job.

Fred: 6/10

Kept it neat and tidy, and didn’t get himself hurt. Is Fred currently the most irreplaceable fit player in the squad? A sobering thought.

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 6/10

A 6-0 victory in a potential banana skin — and what match isn’t a potential banana skin for this very beatable United team — is nothing to be sneezed at. Solskjaer wanted a confidence-boosting victory, and picked a strong team to get it. Mission accomplished. Was it a missed opportunity to give more minutes to some of the young players? Yes. Was it borderline reckless to play both of United’s only senior midfielders at a time like this? Also yes. But United got the victory they needed, and the players all came through unscathed.