Man Utd Player Ratings VS. Brighton
It’s the morning after the night before. The dust has settled on Manchester United’s domination of Brighton in a riveting and attacking team performance at the Amex, but just how good did our players perform individually last night? Here is my player ratings VS Brighton…
David De Gea – 8 out of 10
A clean sheet worthy performance from David De Gea after largely having nothing to do in a game which Brighton only had 2 shots on target in, both a couple of truly world class saves! Even if it may not have effected the out come of the game he still kept our clean sheet intact to deny Maupay and Trossard and let’s remember that saves of this quality are as good as goals. For that reason I have to give David de Gea an 8 as he didn’t put a foot wrong, kept his concetration throughout and secured the clean sheet for his side. Keep it up David!
Luke Shaw – 7 out of 10
A much better performance from Luke saw him put in a great shift at left back both defensively and bombing forward as he does. He had a hand in a goal spraying a lovely ball into the danger zone from the left which ultimately lead to Man Utd putting the ball in the back of the net. Solskjaer seems to have decided that Luke is his number one choice at left back due to his experience and it’s being justified with consistently good performances at the moment.
Victor Lindelof – 7 out of 10
Another solid display by Victor, long may it continue! Perhaps our back line wasn’t the most tested against Brighton but they passed the test with a distinction and Victor was a big part of it covering and bullying Brighton forwards for a lot of the game. I loved what I saw from Victor and it’s another clean sheet in another faultless performance for the lad at centre back. He’s looking good at the minute. Can Lindelot and Maguire be that new top class centre back pairing? They both have a long way to to to be mentioned in the same breath as Rio & Vidic but it’s a start.
Harry Maguire – 6.5 out of 10
Some may argue he should be given as good of a rating as Victor as his defending was top notch for much of the game showing great varied defensive qualities. Reading the opposition strikers well and heading absolutely everything away that came in to him. He had one semi dodgy moment in an otherwise flawless performance when he failed to clear a ball away that went into the path of Maupay for a free shot but luckily for Harry he had David de Gea in great form to save him, otherwise we could be talking about a lower rating for Harry but solid as a slab today in general!
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7.5 out of 10
Excellent going forward in this game once again showing his ability to beat defenders and whip a great ball in the danger zone on a couple of occasions. Do we even need to talk about how he defended? No not really, he was as solid as ever and not at any moment looked vulnerable. Mr dependable strikes again!
Nemanja Matic – 8.5 out of 10
What can be say about our Serbian terminator? He has exploded back into United first team plans with a series of faultless performances. He was a great calming Influecne for us throughout and even played a host of fantastic through balls forward to get United away time and time again. The chest and vollied pass for United’s 3rd was absolutely first class. Forget what we thought about Matic from a year ago, he’s not finished, he’s only just begun! Manchester United have actually kept 16 clean sheets in Matic’s last 22 games for United. Wow!
Paul Pogba – 8 out of 10
Another influential and solid performance by Paul saw him further cement his partnership with Bruno Fernandes in United’s midfield. They seem to really enjoy playing with each other and Bruno will have loved the assist by Pogba for his first strike as it was literally placed on a plate for our Portuguese magnifico to stroke home set up by Pogbas excellent vision and timing. Pogba put in a shift and his passing and creativity was on display through out as it has been since his return to side. What a baller!
Marcus Rashford – 6 out of 10
Rashford has been on a tear this season for United but by his own recent high standards it was a quiet game for Marcus against Brighton. To say he didn’t work his socks off for the team would be a lie because he always does and he did have a good hand in United’s play at times but compared to some of his recent games it was a quiet day at the office. You can’t deny the work he did for the team though on the left. Plenty more to come.
Bruno Fernandes – 9 out of 10 (Man on the match)
Our ‘Portuguese Magnifico’ lived up to the billing again against Brighton and surely now all the rival doubters will have to admit that United have got us one hell of a player. Stats wise there isn’t a better midfielder in terms of goals and assists since the start of February in the league and he added another 2 strikes to his collection against Brighton. His all round play was fantastic pulling the strings for United’s forwards and leading with complete desire to win. His first goal was an excellent finish with the help of a deflection but his 2nd, WOW! Whta a great volley to cap off a truly memorable Manchester United counter attack! It’s a bit early maybe to compare him to the catalyst for success that was Eric Cantona but we can’t deny his impact since joining has been completely positive. Another stand out performance for Bruno means he takes my man of the match, just!
Mason Greenwood – 9 out of 10
I couldn’t differentiate between the player ratings for Greenwood and Bruno in this game such was the performance of our 18 year old wonderkid but in the end Bruno just shades the Man of the match with his 2 goals and impressive leading play throughout. Mason though, was just as good and Influential on that right hand side and latterly on the left causing Brighton’s defence all sorts of problems with his attacking intent. His vision to find a team mate or cut inside and wreak havoc was clear to see. A breath of fresh on the right for United seems to have temporarily solved the problem United have at RW (until Sancho comes anyway! *Hopes*) his game was faultless and the assist for Bruno’s 3rd showed the creative qualities he has, executing a pass to the back stick that was right of out of top drawer. The opening goal by Mason was a think of beauty. Receiving it in a pocket of space with still the world left to do, he managed to bamboozle Brighton’s defence with a host of stepovers and capped it off with an expertly taken finish at the near post to give the keeper no chance. Lionel messi-esque! Van Persie-esque! Whichever it is you can’t deny the qualities the player is showing at such a young age (still only 18!) He now has 6 goals in 7 premier League starts in his entire career. Future Ballon d’Or winner? It’s much too soon to say but the future is definitely looking good for someone who is already way ahead of players such as Dan James who are 3 years his senior. Breathtaking performance by Mason Greenwood!
Anthony Martial – 6 out of 10
A slightly better performance for me from Tony compared to Marcus yesterday but still not as sharp as we would hope on the back of a faultless display against Sheffield United last week. It’s easy to write off Martial’s goalless performance as a bad game but he still worked his socks off, dropping deeper many times to influence play in what turned out to be a quiet game for Martial up against Brighton’s back 5. He put the effort in but it was by no means a classic performance but he did his job working the channels and bringing others into play. Consistency is the concern with Anthony let’s hope that he can get that into that true goalscoring form between now and the end of the season.
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