Manchester United player ratings v Hull: Attacker is 5/10
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider rates the Manchester United players after their 2-0 victory against Hull in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday night.
David de Gea 6 – The Spaniard enjoyed a quiet night and wasn’t forced to make any notable saves.
Antonio Valencia 6 – The right-back was industrious going forward with his pace and delivered some good crosses for the attackers.
Phil Jones 6 – The centre-back enjoyed a quiet match and had little to do against Abel Hernandez.
Chris Smalling 6 – He was fairly untested like his defensive partner and saw lots of the ball.
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Matteo Darmian 7 – The full-back supported the attack extremely well down the left flank and has been much improved under Jose Mourinho. He got the assist for Marouane Fellani’s late headed goal.
Ander Herrera 8 – The box-to-box midfielder dictated play against Hull and is the heartbeat of the United midfield.
Paul Pogba 8 – He had several good attempts on goal and dictated possession all game. Demonstrated his range of passing with some fantastic long through balls.
Juan Mata 8 – The midfielder was very intelligent in possession all game and showed his quality with some nice link-up play. Scored the opening goal with a simple finish from close-range.
Wayne Rooney 6 – He missed a fantastic opportunity to break United’s all-time goalscoring record, managed to get in behind the Hull defence and dragged his shot wide of the goal.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 6 – The attacker missed two good opportunities to score as he dragged his efforts wide. Grabbed the assist for Mata’s goal as he rose highest to head a cross goalwards.
Marcus Rashford 5 – The youngster was handed a main role in the central position, but failed to really threaten the Hull goal and was dealt well with by Hull’s defence. Showed glimpses of his pace, but needs to be more productive in front of goal.
Anthony Martial (for Rooney 59mins) 6
Jesse Lingard (for Mkhitaryan 71mins) 6
Marouane Fellaini (for Mata 79mins) 7
In other Manchester United news, the referee has been named for the upcoming game against Liverpool.