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Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool

Pogba was huge again, Rashford couldn’t be contained, and Bruno only needed a few minutes to win it from the bench

Manchester United v Liverpool: The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images

Here are the player ratings for Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup 4th round.


Dean Henderson: 6/10

Henderson is a confident goalkeeper, which can sometimes lead to a tendency to be too casual. Never good to have a goal go through your legs, but came up with some good saves after that to stop Liverpool going ahead.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 6/10

With United’s play focused mostly on their left, Wan-Bissaka spent much of this game staying back. Was solid in his defensive duties, and Liverpool didn’t get much joy on his side of the pitch.

Victor Lindelöf: 6/10

Liverpool tried more than once to get in between Lindelöf and Shaw, and did so successfully for the opening goal. Other than that, he didn’t show much signs of rust after being in and out of the side recently.

Harry Maguire: 7/10

Standard performance from the skipper. Solid defensively, and brought the ball out from the back confidently.

Luke Shaw: 8/10

In the best form of his United career. Does an exceptional amount of work on both ends of the pitch, and is now the primary dead ball delivery man in the team. Was one of three players that should have done better for the first goal, but it’s fair to say he made up for it.

Scott McTominay: 5/10

Had some good moments moving the ball forward, and continues to get more confident in possession. Unfortunately, he was played today as a defensive midfielder, and was nowhere to be found on more than one occasion.

Paul Pogba: 8/10

When he’s on, there’s no one better. United’s best midfielder — and the best player on the pitch — both in defense and attack today.

Donny van de Beek: 5/10

He was tidy, but not decisive. Competing for a place with your new team’s two best players is a tough position to find yourself in, but until VDB starts being more progressive in his play and gets on the same wavelength as his teammates, he won’t be starting the important matches any time soon.

Marcus Rashford: 8/10

A brilliant assist, a very well taken goal, and 85ish minutes of mostly having his way with Liverpool’s full-backs.

Edinson Cavani: 7/10

Cavani is starting to link up well with his teammates, and as usual his movement off the ball was exemplary. Very poor giveaway to set up Liverpool’s second goal, but almost got United a 4th goal with a neck-straining late header.

Mason Greenwood: 7/10

A little fortunate with his assist, but his goal was a cracking finish. Unlucky to be taken off early, as his overall play was much improved.


Bruno Fernandes: 8/10

Good player, van de Beek, but he doesn’t quite make things happen. The player whose place he took today — Bruno Fernandes — is the living, breathing embodiment of decisive action. As soon as Bruno got on, he started prodding and probing. Less than 15 minutes later, he scored the winning goal from a free kick. Almost set up a fourth goal as well.

Fred: 6/10

Helped plug the gaps in midfield after Liverpool equalized, and it was his through ball into Cavani that won the decisive free kick.

Anthony Martial: N/A

On for the last five minutes as Rashford seemed to pick up a slight knock.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 8/10

Got the team right. Most of us expected Shaw to get a rest in this one after starting the last two, but his link up with Rashford down the left was crucial today. Bruno didn’t get the full match off as hoped, but only having to play him 30 minutes and getting a game-winning contribution from him is a pretty good consolation.