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Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa

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Good win, big performances

Manchester United v Aston Villa - Premier League Photo by Carl Recine - Pool/Getty Images

Starters

David De Gea: 9/10

Vintage David De Gea today. Manchester United’s no. 1 looked at his best today. No injury worries, classic saves, and good organization and authority on set pieces. Some big saves throughout, but especially in the second half as Villa got more confident in attack.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 7/10

Wan-Bissaka was excellent other than one moment, switiching off on a free kick that led to Villa’s equalizer. Otherwise had an assist and did well defending a crowded right side for United. Good tackles and clearances helped see out an important win.

Eric Bailly: 9/10

Top performance from Bailly. Excellent defensive awareness, quick to the ball, and held another good line alongside Maguire

Harry Maguire: 7/10

Should have dealt with the goal better alongside Shaw, but otherwise did very well. He and Bailly looked a proper centre back pair today.

Luke Shaw: 8/10

Other than the goal Shaw was very good today. Looked sharp working with Pogba on the left, never troubled too much by Traore, and calm in possession.

Fred: 7/10

Had a couple giveaways, but otherwise looked very good at the base of the midfield.

Scott McTominay: 6/10

Still not the best passer of the ball, but had a very good first half in this midfield set up. Not great in the second half, and was pulled for Matic.

Paul Pogba: 9/10

Electric in a left/central midfield role today. Fantastic in build up, accurate passing across the pitch, good defensive support. Started the move that led to Martial’s goal. Need more of this from him this season.

Bruno Fernandes: 8/10

Ran the show alongside Pogba. Nearly scored on a shot from range, and converted a penalty confidently to re-take the lead in the second half.

Anthony Martial: 8/10

Much better display from Martial today, and he was rewarded for his efforts with a goal. Faded a bit as the game moved more in Villa’s favor in the second half. He’s now got 3 goals in his last 4 appearances for United, hopefully turning on at a good time.

Marcus Rashford: 6/10

Was sharp, but has to improve at decision making. Held the ball too long a couple of times, and was off on delivery and shots. Good in the build up to the opening goal however, and looks like he could be a potential answer to the hole at RW.

Substitutes

Nemanja Matic: 7/10

Did well replacing McTominay, provided stability and defensive prowess.

Daniel James: 6/10

Replaced Bruno late and ran a lot. Good addition of energy to a tired team holding on.

Axel Tuanzebe: N/A

Came on late.

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 9/10

I have no major criticisms of Ole’ management today. The side was confident against a good Aston Villa team, created loads of chances, and other than a brief mental blip the defense was solid again. Maybe should’ve used the second sub earlier, and on someone other than Bruno, but was right to bring on Matic when he did. Other than that, Ole’s got the squad doing well, playing well consistently, and looking confident and aware of their current position.