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Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-1 Burnley

Manchester United‘s return to Premier League action after their recent success in the Europa League quarter-finals had a cagey start, with United failing to create any real chances in the first half. This changed with the substitution of Edinson Cavani coming on for Fred, with the subsequent changes in positions leading to an opening goal from Mason Greenwood. However, this goal was cancelled out by a header from James Tarkowski just 114 seconds later. Greenwood replied well by grabbing his second of the match towards the end of the game, with Cavani and Donny van de Beek combining at the death to seal victory for the Red Devils.

Goalkeeper

Dean Henderson – 5/10

Considering his previous performances, today was shakey from Henderson. He had a bad start 20 seconds in by running for a punch that he was realistically was never going to reach, and was lucky that Wood’s was offside by a hair’s width. He repeated this again in the second half, crashing in to Lindelof outside his own area. It was a poor display by Henderson’s recent standards, however these mistakes did not end up hurting United too badly.

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Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6/10

Wan-Bissaka was quite active down the right hand side, however he was not too effective in an attacking sense. That being said, he did alright against a tough and tall Burnley side by making 6 clearances, considering his main defenive weakness is his aerial ability.

Victor Lindelof – 5.5/10

Lindelof did not have the greatest of defensive performances, losing all 6 of his ground and aerial duels and getting dribbled past twice. He did ok to retain and recycle the ball, however he has played much better matches.

Harry Maguire – 6/10

Like his central defensive counterpart, Maguire did not have the greatest of games, losing all of his aerial duels, including one vs Tarkowski that lead to Burnley equalising in the 2nd half. However he did win all of his 5 ground duels and drew 3 fouls, as well completing 7 of his 10 attempted long balls.

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Luke Shaw – 6.5/10

Shaw was once again an attacking threat, completing 4 crosses in the game and retaining a 91% passing accuracy, as well as completing all 3 of his attempted dribbles. He combined well with Rashford to open up space on United’s left, with this resulting in allowing Rashford to cross the ball for Greenwood’s first goal.

Midfielders

Scott McTominay – 6.5/10

McTominay played a big performance in the middle of the park today, winning 9 of his 13 duels and retaining a 93% passing accuracy, as well as having 104 touches. He missed a good chance to score at the end, although that can be let off considering his main job is not to score goals.

Fred – 6/10

Fred had a decent 45 minutes, having 39 touches and retaining 100% passing accuracy, as well as completing 3 tackles, however his impact was limited due to being subbed off at half time.

Bruno Fernandes – 6.5/10

Fernandes quietly had a good game. He was not his explosive self, however he was very influential in both United’s first and third goals. His awareness to dummy the ball and leave it for Greenwood for the opening goal was due an accute sense of awareness of his teammates, and his delayed pass to van de Beek just before Cavani’s goal allowed the Dutchman time and space to put in a low cross.

Attackers

Mason Greenwood – 8.5/10

The star man yet again, Man of the Match Greenwood had a display of brilliant finishing and positioning, with two more goals adding to his tally of 15 Premier League goals for Manchster United, which puts him level with Wayne Rooney for goals as a teenager. He is, at the moment, one of the first names on United’s team sheet.

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Marcus Rashford – 6.5/10

With 3 key passes and 1 assist, Rashford had an effective game. He created two big chances off the left, however he has dried up in front of goal in recent months, which is hopefully just a dip in form.

Paul Pogba – 7/10

Completing 9 out of 10 long balls, Paul Pogba registered yet another assist, taking his total assists to 4 in his last 5 appearances. He started on the left, however dropped in to a midfield two at half time and showed his quality yet again in both positions.

Substitutes

Edinson Cavani – 6.5/10

Cavani’s substitution definitely had an impact on United, since they scored 3 goals in the second half. He provided a new type of dynamic to United’s front line, and was rewarded with a goal at the end. His impact was not always direct, but the whole team played with a lot more confidence in the second half when he came on.

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Donny van de Beek – 6.5/10

van de Beek was only given 10 minutes on the pitch, however his impact did not go unnoticed this time, as he was responsible for the lovely low cross for Cavani’s goal at the end. It would be good to see him get more game time towards the end of the seaon.

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