Dean Henderson: 7/10
The only goal conceded was off a set-piece with Manchester United failing to properly man mark. Was asked to make a couple eye-watering saves. Good afternoon for our future number one who was called in to cover David de Gea who is nursing a possible injury.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelöf, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles: 5/10
I’m going to lump the backline as a single entity — an entity that jumped at the opportunity to give us heart attacks in the first half. West Ham found themselves with chances and really should have found the back of the net several times before United found their equalizer. Week after week, this backline proves that it can be had, and we should all thank our lucky stars that Sebastien Haller tripped in the penalty area. Thankfully, the halftime substitutes helped steady things and the defense was able to see the match out with conceding a second goal.
Also, noticing a potentially worrying trend with Telles switching off defensively at the worst moments. Failed to cover Tomas Soucek’s full run and the West Ham man was able to easily tap-in the rebound to the back post. At least he made up for it on the offensive end as he assisted Greenwood’s scintillating go-ahead goal.
Donny van de Beek: 5/10
Was hopeful to see DVDB make something happen in a rare start. Didn’t do a lot that blew your mind but also didn’t do anything that necessarily required getting yanked at half. However, it was necessary for Fernandes to get in the game, and DVDB was the redundancy most likely to exit the midfield in favor of the Portuguese.
Scott McTominay: 7/10
Anchored the midfield to allow Pogba, DVDB, and, later, Fernandes to play further up the pitch. An otherwise classic McTominay performance. No flair. Just effort. But the scoreline suggests that’s all that was required.
Paul Pogba: 8/10
Jacobellis v. Ohio is a US Supreme Court case most known for Justice Potter Stewart delivering his famous opinion — and I’m paraphrasing here — that he couldn’t list every instance of pornography, but he would know it when he saw it.
Paul Pogba’s outside-the-box rocket shot to equalize was NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Glad to see Pogba get back on the scoresheet in a start. That’s important for the team’s expected vibes (xV) per game.
Anthony Martial: 5/10
Subbed off in the 62nd injury with an apparent thigh injury. Definitely a cause for concern as Martial tends to have an annual injury that sees him miss a couple weeks, and missing a couple weeks this season could mean double-digit fixtures. With the current fixtures upcoming, let’s hope it’s not serious.
Edinson Cavani: 5/10
Subbed off at half with Ole later reporting that El Matador suffered a muscle injury. With a tough week upcoming, including the final Champions League group stage game against Leipzig and the Manchester Derby, let’s hope Cavani came off only as a precaution.
Mason Greenwood: 8/10
Remember that bit from earlier concerning the US Supreme Court and pornography?
Justice Stewart would flag Greenwood’s go-ahead goal. His spacing in between the entire West Ham defense: NOT SAFE FOR WORK. The touch to gather Telles’ cross: NOT SAFE FOR WORK. The low-driven finish to the bottom right corner: NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
Bruno Fernandes: 10/10
Changed the game as a halftime sub and created eight chances in only 45 minutes including an assist on Pogba’s rocket. Ever since Fernandes arrived in England, it’s been clear that United sway in the direction that Fernandes is playing. Yesterday, he was incredible and United followed suit with another come from behind victory.
Marcus Rashford: 8/10
Well done from the lad who was a halftime substitute who need a few minutes to grow into the match and flash danger. Missed a chance that was very on-brand for Marcus Rashford, but then he more than made up for it with an excellent run and chip to give United the insurance goal.
Juan Mata: 7/10
Assisted Rashford with a dazzling laser of a through ball. Another moment of class from one of the club’s classiest players.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 6/10
We here at The Busby Babe would like to know what training sessions are like when it’s time to practice set pieces. The team has now conceded a set-piece goal in four straight matches, and it is clearly the Achilles’ heel for this team — a problem lingering from previous seasons, too. Good on Ole for giving Rashford and Fernandes a rest and bring them on for meaningful minutes at halftime. Ultimately, the Reds beat West Ham with quality more than tactics, but the manager deserves credit for having the right players on the pitch.