West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Manchester United: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 6 – Had almost nothing to do all evening against a West Brom side lacking any real innovation in front of goal.

Antonio Valencia 6 – Didn’t offer his usual power going forward but dealt comfortably with any threat from out wide.

Phil Jones 7 – Another robust, composed display at the back, replete with well-timed headers and smart interceptions.

Marcos Rojo 7 – Approached his defensive exchanges with far more intelligence, calmly dealing with the occasionally fierce figure of Salomon Rondon.

Matteo Darmian 6 – Struggled with the game’s early pace but quickly settled and coped well with both Nacer Chadli and Matt Phillips.

Michael Carrick 7 – Took the sting out of a potentially fiery midfield encounter with a characteristically collected performance at the base of midfield.

Ander Herrera 7 – Wrestled, kicked and fought his way through the game in admirable fashion. Made some enterprising balls forward in the first half.

Paul Pogba 7 – Switched the play magnificently all evening, pinning back Tony Pulis’ men as Man United quickly took hold of the encounter. Another settled, threatening performance in this now-established midfield trio.

Jesse Lingard 6 – Injected pace and unpredictability into United’s attacking movements, making several smart runs in behind. Supplied a sensational cross for Ibrahimovic’s opener but faded as the game went on.

Wayne Rooney 6 – Looked far more composed on the ball than the flustered figure seen against Crystal Palace. Could have been more clinical with his final product.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 8 – Aggressive, selfless, and deadly in-front of goal. Those who wrote off the Swede before he even kicked a ball back in July have gone strangely quiet. 15 goals and counting.


Marcus Rashford N/A

Maroaune Fellaini N/A

Chris Smalling N/A

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