David de Gea 6 – Could do nothing to stop Middlesbrough’s goal. Had very little else to do all game.
Antonio Valencia 6 – A characteristically commanding performance on the right hand side from the Ecuadorian. Provided plenty of attacking impetus going forward but lacked quality with his final product.
Eric Bailly 6 – Enjoyed a relatively trouble free afternoon until Middlesbrough’s surprise opener. Added muscle and control when defending set-pieces.
Chris Smalling 5 – Looked all at sea for Grant Leadbitter’s goal, clearly caught in between two minds as the ball came in. Didn’t help the cause with a few needless fouls.
Daley Blind 6 – Struggled to deal with Adama Traore throughout the game but looked composed going forward.
Marouane Fellaini 6 – Made a series of superb first touches, linking up well with his midfield partners. Failed to offer anything else going forward.
Paul Pogba 7 – Once again the heartbeat of the side’s attacking play, spraying passes all over the pitch and charging forward with reckless abandon. Stood up when it counted with a storming late winner.
Ander Herrera 6 – Lacked his usual composure at times but made his presence known with another energetic, tenacious performance
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7 – Another impressive performance from the Armenian. Always looked to go forward whenever he could, producing several glorious passes and turns.
Anthony Martial 7 – An effervescent force all afternoon, providing a nice contrast with the confidence sapped Martial of recent weeks.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 6 – Criminally denied his 51th goal of 2016 after his first-half effort was wrongly ruled out by Lee Mason. Offered his usual power at No.9 but couldn’t produce his usual ruthlessness in front of goal.