Manchester United player ratings v West Ham: Midfielder stars
By Emma Sanders
Football Insider rates the Manchester United players after they recorded a 1-1 draw against West Ham in the Premiership at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.
David De Gea 7 – Conceded early on but wasn’t really tested in the first half. Produced an important 87th minute save.
Antonio Valencia 6 – Didn’t get forward as much as he usually does in what was an unusually quiet display and he wasn’t really tested defensively.
Phil Jones 7 – Didn’t make many mistakes at centre-back and played some encouraging passes forward. Produced a fairly good display.
Marcos Rojo 7 – Can be trusted alongside Jones but could have done a bit better when defending set-pieces. Made relatively few mistakes despite desperate defending at the end.
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Matteo Darmian 6 – Beaten on too many occasions by Michail Antonio and was lucky it came to little fruition. Didn’t make too many forward runs either and it wasn’t the best performance at left-back.
Ander Herrera 7 – Another solid display from the midfielder, though the Hammers were able to break through midfield a few times in the first half.
Paul Pogba 7 – Produced a moment of real quality when he chipped the ball over the defence to set up Ibrahimovic and played some encouraging one-twos. The midfielder was probably United’s star of the show but didn’t provide the spark needed.
Marcus Rashford 6 – Missed a crucial one-on-one with Darren Randolph in the first half and things just didn’t seem to go the way he planned. Worked hard and created chances but was substituted with over 20 minutes to go.
Juan Mata (C) 6 – Becoming more and more instrumental under Mourinho but had a fairly quiet game against the Hammers and gave way to Mkhitaryan after an hour played.
Jesse Lingard 7 – Used his pace well to get into a few good position but was thwarted by Randolph on more than one occasion. Had a few opportunities but wasn’t as threatening as he has been in the past.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 7 – Scored his seventh goal in 12 league games which showed why he is in the side. Still lacked movement but held the ball up well and was always a threat.
Wayne Rooney (for Marcus Rashford 64 mins) – 7
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (for Juan Mata 64 mins) – 7
Marouane Fellaini (for Jesse Lingard 84 mins) – 5
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