Manchester United 3-1 Sunderland: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer


David de Gea 6 – Had little to do aside from making an important save from Sebastian Larsson in the first half.

Antonio Valencia 7 – Bold going forward, linking up well with Mata on a regular basis, and reliable as ever when Sunderland broke forward.

Phil Jones 6 – Initially struggled to deal with the powerful Victor Anichebe but quickly grew in stature as the game went on.

Marcos Rojo 6 – Another robust, commanding performance from the Argentine. Encountered something of an early lapse before quickly asserting his physical presence.

Daley Blind 7 – Looked lethargic during the opening stages but quickly redeemed himself with a composed display at left-back, wonderfully taken goal in the first half.

Michael Carrick 7 – Exuded a sense of equilibrium all game, calmly controlling proceedings in midfield. By far and away Jose Mourinho’s most consistent player.

Ander Herrera 7 – A real box-to-box display from the Spaniard, replete with vital interceptions and surging runs forward.

Paul Pogba 8 – A textbook Pogba performance: driving forward from deep, creating chances, producing wonderful flicks and turns, launching pin-point balls all over the pitch. Simply wonderful.

Jesse Lingard 6 – Looked lively on the left hand side, always looking to break forward and exploit space. Struggled to replicate the same levels of potency seen against West Bromwich Albion.

Juan Mata 6 – Didn’t manage to impose himself on a regular basis but still managed to produce a series of smart touches and turns.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 7 – Lacked his usual level of potency in front of goal but persisted and finally added Man United’s second of the afternoon. 17 goals and counting for the Big Swede.

Substitutes 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7 – A sheer masterclass in midfield from the Armenian, who capped off a devastating display going forward with a simply jaw-dropping goal.

Anthony Martial N/A

Marouane Fellaini N/A

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