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Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-1 Fulham

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An improvement from last week, but an underwhelming performance

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Player ratings from Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Fulham.

Starters

David de Gea: 6/10

Didn’t have much to do today. Made a couple big saves early in the 2nd half. Probably his final home match and certainly will be the starter in Gdansk.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 5/10

Got forward really well in the first half. Less so in the second half, though most players didn’t have much left in the tank in the second half.

Victor Lindelöf: 6/10

Man, does he miss Harry Maguire.

Axel Tuanzebe: 5/10

First half was his best half since PSG. Second half was his... second best half this week? He continues to play his best when paired next to Lindelöf instead of Maguire, but the drop-off in quality on the ball and in buildup play without Maguire really hamstrings United.

Luke Shaw: 6/10

Ran up and down the pitch well. Did everything you expect from Shaw these days.

Scott McTominay: 4/10

Struggled to get open and provided no outlet for the centerbacks which limited their passing options and made the buildup slow and labored. United spent most of the first half actively avoiding passing to their midfielders.

Fred: 5/10

As typical Fred did a lot of good things off the ball, then got the ball and stopped doing good things. Was much better in the second half.

Mason Greenwood: 7/10

Starting to play that right wing position the way Pogba plays the left, ghosting into good spaces to receive passes. His good form getting to his head a bit as he took some poor shots when he could have played a wide open Bruno in. Got a header from a set piece (again) which is good to continue seeing him doing that. He’ll certainly be rueing that late miss.

Bruno Fernandes: 6/10

His passing wasn’t there today. Tested the goalkeeper a few times with some great shots. Unfortunately for him the goalkeeper was up to the test.

Paul Pogba: 6/10

Ghosted around through the lines to receive passes really well. His doing that doubles as opening things up for Shaw to handle the left wing. Got himself into the box to give United a threat from Wan-Bissaka’s crosses as well.

Edinson Cavani: 7/10

United have been talking about how much Cavani will enjoy scoring in front of the Stretford End all season and he only waited 15 minutes to do so, in some style as well.

Set Piece Defense: 2/10

Didn’t concede from a set piece today!

Substitutes

Marcus Rashford: 2/10

Came on and did nothing. Had one good chance where he got the ball out in space with some good options and guess what, he chose to try and nutmeg the defender instead.

Amad Diallo: N/A

Played well but didn’t make much of an impact.

Donny van de Beek: N/A

Cameo

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 5/10

Was hoping to use this as a dress rehearsal for the final in Gdansk but too many things stood out negatively. The entire team looking like they were avoiding passing to the midfield in the first half certainly isn’t a good sign for your midfield. Maguire’s absence is painfully felt in the buildup play. After two months of United starting slow and turning it on in the second half it was the second straight game where United broke from the gate sharply but didn’t take full advantage and later on didn’t have another gear to kick into.

A weird match where it looked like United were playing really well when in reality they weren’t. Too often they were just a little too fancy with many instances of an extra pass here or an extra touch there. I don’t know whether it was just thinking they were better than Fulham (they are) or seeing fans in the stands and wanting to put on a show. United failed to punish Fulham for all the mistakes they made right around the edge of their box early on. Sometimes simpler is better.