Dean Henderson: 7/10
Manchester United’s goalkeeper situation doesn’t seem to have caused as much drama as some may have predicted, but Henderson responded well after an ugly game in his last outing at Sheffield United. Saved a well struck free kick and went out and caught a dangerous corner kick into a crowded box. Not too much to do, but was in command when called upon today.
Axel Tuanzebe: 7/10
Very good both keeping his side in order and helping out in the middle defensively. Decent game going forward too, but his contribution wasn’t really needed too much.
Eric Bailly: 7/10
It is sometimes quite scary watching Eric Bailly play, but other than an ugly aerial challenge on Richarlison Bailly played a fairly safe game. Played well next to fellow rotator Axel Tuanzebe, and was confident playing out from the back.
Harry Maguire: 7/10
Good defensively, and didn’t seem fazed by the change in personnel in goal or in the back four. Not much work to do, but when Everton did find their way forward the defense and was up for the challenge.
Alex Telles: 6/10
Looked a bit more comfortable defensively, but still a questionabloe moment or two. Decent set piece delivery. Came off late for Shaw.
Nemanja Matic: 7/10
Kept good control in midfield, and the shape of the team suited him well today. Didn’t have to move laterally to defend too often, got good help from Donny and Pogba, and was usually progressive with the ball.
Paul Pogba: 8/10
Good return to the starting XI by Pogba. Good in possession, no big mistakes or turnovers, created some good chances.
Bruno Fernandes: 7/10
Sloppy at times, but was still a reliable creator in the middle. Looks like he could use a break.
Donny Van De Beek: 7/10
Good contributor in possession, but a fairly quiet day for Van De Beek. Still, Everton couldn’t progress down his side, and his high passing completion rate helped maintain control.
Mason Greenwood: 7/10
Was sharp in the first half, but faded a bit in the second. Still, did well to get involved in play and press Everton’s defense in possession. Unlucky not to score the opener with a header going just wide.
Edinson Cavani: 8/10
Should have scored earlier than he did, and perhaps lucky not to be sent off after an incident with Yerry Mina, but proved to be the match winner with his strike late in the game. Good attacking movement, and seems to have grown into the side well after arriving as a deadline day transfer.
Anthony Martial: 8/10
Scored the second goal in stoppage time, looked sharp.
Marcus Rashford: 6/10
Brought energy, but some poor touches and decisions in the final third.
Luke Shaw: N/A
Came on for the last ten minutes, never really challenged. Good runs forward.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 8/10
Solskjaer clearly wants to win the League Cup, and he sent out a team that dominated Everton for much of the game. They took advantage of errors by the Toffees, and created a number of chances, but lacked clinical finishing until late in the game. Ole’s subs helped make the difference, and Cavani made up for earlier misses by driving in the first goal late.