MATCH RATINGS: Manchester United 6-3 Newcastle United – Reserves

by Sam Peoples

Sam Johnstone (6) Could do absolutely nothing about the three conceded goals. Had one shaky moment in the first half when he parried a very catchable shot into the path of a Newcastle striker, which thankfully, was blazed over the bar.

Marnick Vermijl(6) Had a good game, without being spectacular. He was defensively solid and as usual, his first instinct was to bomb forward. Hit one magnificent cross field pass into the path of Lingard who was unlucky not to score.

Michael Keane (7) Was very good defensively and carried the ball out of defence well. Was not at fault for any of the conceded goals and was largely untested in the second half.

Zeki Fryers (7) At times was caught out of position but overall was solid. As the game progressed he settled down and showed that he has the makings of a quality centre half.  He was composed throughout and was solid when called upon.

Ritchie De Laet (7) Had an extremely poor first half. His passing was wayward and nothing seemed to be going right for him until early in the second half, when he was moved up front along side Will Keane, and he ran Newcastle ragged. His blistering pace was just too much for the centre halves to handle and he scored and assisted in his attacking cameo.

Larnell Cole (5) Offered very little while he was on. Struggled to get involved in the game and began to drift into the middle,when perhaps he would have been better off staying out wide and trying to get one-on-one situations with the full back.

Ryan Tunnicliffe (6) Was a driving force in midfield. At times. He didn’t grab hold of the game by the scruff of the neck as I had hoped he would, he drifted in and out of the game. I wanted to see more of his trademark driving runs which force the opposition back.

Paul Pogba (6) This game more or less summed up Pogba’s season; slightly disappointing, yet had flashed of brilliance. Picked up a knock up in the first half which he never shook off in my opinion. His passing was sloppy at times and you would have expected more from him overall. But, there were glimpses of brilliance.

Jesse Lingard (7) Had two golden opportunites to score in the first half, one of which he was desperately unlucky not to score. Didn’t pose too much of a threat in the first half but became more of a threat as the game  progressed. The game became very stretched, to Jessie’s benefit.

Davide Petrucci (7) Was poor in the first half playing just off Will Keane, a role I believe does not suit him. His passing was poor and he never infuenced the game. Then, when was moved back to midfield in the second half, he ran the show. Newcastle began to tire, allowing Davide time to get his head up a pick out a killer pass time after time.

Will Keane (9.5)(MOTM)*: Absolutely brilliant from Will. Scoring four and should gave had six. For each of the four goals, Will relied on a different attribute. From pure raw power, to a finesse placement, to being in the right place at the right time,to composure. Aside from his goals, he was also magnificent. His link up play was fantastic and he was always a threat. Top,top performance.

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