Swansea 1-3 Manchester United: Player Ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David De Gea 6 – Had hardly anything to do against a confidence-sapped Swansea attack.

Matteo Darmian 7.5 – Wonderfully composed at left-back; comfortable dealt with the potentially dangerous Wayne Routledge and provided plenty of impetus going forward

Marcos Rojo 7 – A comfortable game from start to finish for the Argentine. Totally untroubled by the physically imposing Fernando Llorente.

Phil Jones 8 – Formed the unbreakable core of a back-line that was met with widespread scepticism prior to the game. Amazingly composed for someone making their first appearance since January.

Ashley Young 7.5 – Put in a characteristically dedicated, energetic and reliable performance at left-back, staking a real claim for more starting XI opportunities in the coming weeks.

Michael Carrick 9 – The heartbeat of absolutely everything for Jose Mourinho’s men: 21 men danced to the beat of his drum. A truly magnificent display of complete dominance from the 35-year-old.

Paul Pogba 8 – Carrick’s presence gave the Frenchman license to burst forward, and it reaped devastating results. An absolute wonder-strike crowned an emphatic midfield performance.

Marouane Fellaini 7 – Looked bold and powerful on his return. Moved the ball smartly and contributed to attacking movements. Faded slightly as the game went on.

Juan Mata 7 – A subtle but ultimately fundamental component of a convincing attacking performance; composed and enterprising on the ball going forward. Missed a good chance late on after some good work from Rooney.

Wayne Rooney 7 – Hard-working, selfless and tidy in possession: a true captain’s performance. His influence diminished as the game went on.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 8 – Responded to his ‘Einstein’ critics in emphatic fashion with a ruthless performance in front of goal.

Substitutes

Jesse Lingard N/A

Morgan Schneiderlin N/A

Timothy Fosu-Mensah N/A

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