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Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-1 Aston Villa

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David De Gea: 5/10

David De Gea made some good saves on the day but this wasn’t the first time this season that the Spaniard and United’s captain had a few misunderstandings that led to those saves.

He made another pass to a Villa player in the second half, which sums up how United can never be a truly expansive side without a goalkeeper that offers much in United’s build-up.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 6/10

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is an exceptional 1v1 defender but this United side has changed since his first season. He made some timely challenges but those issues on the back-post still linger despite the addition of Raphael Varane and he was caught once again in the first half.

Raphael Varane: 6/10

Probably United’s most consistent performer this season, Raphael Varane showed signs of his sweeping ability in the first half. United were under the cosh for much of the second half and Varane did all right but was still troubled by the likes of Ollie Watkins.

Harry Maguire: 5/10

The United captain’s had a strange start to the season after an excellent Euros. He came close to scoring his first goal for the club this season from a set piece in the first half. The goal will have to wait as the England international couldn’t run off an injury in the second half. He had another shaky moment before being subbed off.

Luke Shaw: 6/10

Before hobbling off in the first half, Shaw was culpable for letting Villa to have their best-attacking sequence of the half. Shaw’s also made a slow start to this season but he performs multiple roles for this side.

Fred: 6/10

Fred’s erratic passing wasn’t a problem today. He was his busy self and did well to provide some legs against a very physical Villa side. Often the scapegoat when United do poorly, it couldn’t be said of him today.

Scott McTominay: 5/10

After one of his best displays in a United shirt against West Ham, the Scotsman’s cover shadow issues were on the fore once again. Wasn’t capable of affecting the game from midfield.

Bruno Fernandes: 5/10

Looked lively in the first half despite some wayward attempts from distance. Fernandes only plays in one manner and it’s not pretty to look at when it doesn’t come off. His skied penalty will make all the headlines and might have larger ramifications for the season.

Mason Greenwood: 5/10

Mason Greenwood lives and dies by his finishing skill. Today, it didn’t come off in many instances. Cristiano Ronaldo was in space during many transition sequences and Greenwood should’ve ideally squared it to the Portuguese international.

Paul Pogba: 5/10

Paul Pogba’ll probably need a few more games to get used to this free role as United adapt to Ronaldo. He had a few attempts from range and came close from a set-piece and even played a great pass for Greenwood in the first half. It was another underwhelming outing for the Frenchman.

Cristiano Ronaldo: 5/10

United fans will be aware that Ronaldo doesn’t offer much if he's not putting the ball in the back of the net. It was a frustrating afternoon for the Portuguese.

Substitutes

Diogo Dalot: 5/10

Unfortunate to replace one of United’s most important players.

Victor Lindelof: 5/10

Came on for Maguire and took a while to get going.

Edinson Cavani: 5/10

Came late on but couldn’t stop Kortney Hause from scoring the winner. Had a role in United winning a penalty.

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 5/10

The buck stops at the manager. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will know that he’s got no excuses this season. The injuries made it difficult but it seems like his side struggled without an out ball. Daniel James has left and Marcus Rashford is still recovering.

Ceding possession in the second half will not be accepted for long by the United faithful. He gets a pass since it’s still quite early in the season.