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Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United

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Starters

David De Gea: 7/10

Tested more often than we would have liked, but made a couple good saves in the process.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 6/10

Alright today, but might have helped more against Saint-Maximin, Newcastle’s biggest and most obvious goal threat.

Victor Lindelof: 6/10

Decent, but not very assertive. Both he and Maguire looked to be struggling at times.

Harry Maguire: 5/10

Headed a dangerous ball back into play for Saint-Maximin to equalize. United continue to struggle defending set pieces, but grew into the second half.

Luke Shaw: 7/10

Struggled to leave a huge impact, but good link up with Rashford and intelligent play to push the ball forward.

Fred: 5/10

Please stop shooting.

Nemanja Matic: 7/10

Despite moving and turning at the speed of an oil tanker, Nemanja Matic continues to be a pleasant presence in games where United possess. Anchored a risk-averse midfield and played to the task.

Bruno Fernandes: 6/10

Converted a crucial penalty, but otherwise pretty quiet in a game that demanded individuals to step up.

Marcus Rashford: 8/10

Brilliant individual effort on the first goal, and was shifty, albeit a bit eager to go to ground, to win a penalty off of Willock to ice the game.

Dan James: 6/10

Daniel James again struggled with his decisiveness on the ball, but he still stepped up to score a well taken goal to retake the lead for United in the second half. Not a bad return to the starting XI.

Anthony Martial: 4/10

Something is up with Martial. He is playing some of the worst football of his United career, and showed next to nothing to return on being handed a start as Mason Greenwood looks to be growing into a bit of form. Must do more, and soon.

Substitutes

Mason Greenwood: 6/10

Looked sharp, perhaps unfortunate not to get more involved in front of goal. Looks eager to expand his attacking game.

Juan Mata: N/A

Late addition, good to have him back.

Shola Shoretire: N/A

Made his debut, looks promising.

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 7/10

Made some interesting decisions with the starting XI to varying degrees of success. Fred-Matic was a decent pairing, but was perhaps too conservative for a match against a team like Newcastle. Anthony Martial was again a shell of himself. Daniel James started poorly, but came good in the second half. Solskjaer is faced with making up ground after a bad league run that saw the team fall out of the title race as quickly as they entered it. Today wasn’t the best show of strength from his squad, but it could have gone much worse at several points and didn’t. Good in-game management and half-time adjustments saw Manchester United stick the landing early in the second half and do enough to see out a fairly comfortable win.