Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

Joel Pereira 6.5 – Had little to do aside from producing a brilliant stop from a sweetly hit Luka Milivojevic free-kick in the second half.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah 6.5 – Endured a few awkward moments up against Wilfried Zaha in the first half but remained disciplined on what was a pleasing return from injury.

Eric Bailly 7 – Finished off his first season in the Premier League in similar fashion to how it started: resolute, bombastic and more or less completely intractable.

Phil Jones 6.5 – Without doubt one of the more comfortable outings for the Englishman. Held his defensive shape well and made some important interventions.

Demetri Mitchell 7 – Tomorrow’s headlines will focus on Harrop’s momentous debut, but the left back deserves enormous praise for what was an energetic, dedicated and well executed display.

Axel Tuanzebe 7 – The fact that, even after just four starts, Tuanzebe looks like a natural, almost senior part of this Manchester United side is an enormous testament to the composure with which he went about his game.

Scott McTominay 6.5 – Mastered the basics well, moving the ball along nicely and tracking Jason Puncheon all afternoon.

Paul Pogba 8 – There are some game that the Frenchman is simply too good for, and this was one of them: a sublime assist, a wonderfully taken goal and complete dominion over the entire game for the 44 minutes he was on the pitch. A warming end to what would have been a difficult week and a tantalising precursor for Wednesday.

Jesse Lingard 7 – The Englishman was a busy, bright influence on the right hand side and this time provided some end product in the form of a superb driving run followed by an assist for Pogba. Subbed off just before half time for Anthony Martial.

Wayne Rooney 5.5 – Moved the ball around nicely and came close with a smart chip in the first half, but make no mistake: there is no longer a place in this starting XI for the 31-year-old. His last appearance at Old Trafford?

Josh Harrop 7.5 – A dream debut: displayed the very best of what he can offer with a wonderfully taken goal after just 15 minutes, combining close control with thunderous accuracy. Continued to harass Palace’s back four all afternoon.

Substitutes

Michael Carrick 7 – A vintage Carrick display: controlled, full of poise and balance throughout. Stepped into Pogba’s role of dominating the game from midfield with ease.

Anthony Martial 6 – The Frenchman would have wanted to impress Mourinho ahead of the Europa League final but, aside from a few bursts forward, couldn’t offer much conviction.

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