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Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-2 Leicester City

Just a short 50 hours since full time at Villa Park, Manchester United were back in action in the Premier League against Leicester City. The game got off to a bad start for the Red Devils, with young fullback Luke Thomas scoring a lovely volley for the visitors 10 minutes in. However, good pressing from Amad allowed him to steal the ball off Thomas and pass the ball to inform Mason Greenwood, who shifted the ball brilliantly on to his right and shoot in to the far corner to level it for United. The second half got off to a slow start, and just after United made two changes, Çağlar Söyüncü headed in from a corner to revitalise Leicester’s lead. Despite some alright late efforts from United, the match ended in a loss.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea – 6/10

de Gea had an extremely quiet game, and although he conceded two, it’s hard to argue that he could do much about either goal. He did not do much of note during the game, bar one good close range save to deny Iheanacho in the 2nd half.

Defenders

Brandon Williams – 4/10

Williams looked nervy from the off, and he never really grew in to the game. Amidst rumours that he is being looked at by Brighton, he did not do much to impress. He did well to get a cross in at the end of the game, however to no avail.

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Eric Bailly – 6/10

Decent display from Bailly tonight, who played as the defence’s senior man in the absence of Maguire, but it wasn’t exactly a stellar game.

Axel Tuanzebe – 8/10

Tuanzebe came in to the starting XI tonight and did very will to keep the inform Iheanacho quiet for the majority of the game. He covered well for Telles when he was attacking, and worked well alongside Matic to marshal space at the back.

Alex Telles – 6/10

After a rather torrid display in Roma a few days ago, Telles was more confident tonight. He was active in getting forwards and attempted to play everyone on his side in to the game, but ultimately his efforts were unsuccessful.

Midfielders

Nemanja Matic – 7/10

Matic had a role of dropping in as a 3rd centre-back this evening, to allow the wingbacks to push up. He had a good game, distributing well and reading danger in a packed Leicester midfield.

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Donny van de Beek – 4.5/10

Playing a deeper role again, tonight is yet more evidence that van de Beek should not be playing in a pivot. He once again failed to impress in the position, ghosting most of the game and failing to make a significant impact.

Juan Mata – 5.5/10

Likely to leave at the end of the season, tonight felt a bit like a token appearance for Mata. He was the most experienced one in the attacking line tonight, however failed to make much of a significant impact, bar a good combination with Telles in the final 10 minutes that United failed to capitalise on.

Forwards

Amad – 6.5/10

An overall quiet performance from the youngster, however he showed some bright sparks within that. For his assist, he did well to battle Thomas off the ball, and his overall link up play with Greenwood is an indication of a bright future.

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Mason Greenwood – 7.5/10

Despite being only 19 years old, Greenwood was one of the most senior players tonight. He led the line with authority and responsibility, and his goal was very well taken. It’s rare to see someone should responsibility so well like he did during his performance today.

Anthony Elanga – 6/10

It’s hard to be harsh on Elanga today, as it was his debut. He seemed to be more bright and creative as he grew in to the game, however a lot of his performance was understandably conservative. Hopefully a bright future ahead for the youngster.

Substitutes

Marcus Rashford – 6/10

Rashford came on for the final 20-ish minutes, and he looked quite bright. In the end he couldn’t impact the game, but his intention was there and he seems to be moving more freely with respect to his ankle problem.

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Edinson Cavani – 5/10

Cavani didn’t quite have the impact that he had when United played Aston Villa two days ago when he came on. He was marshalled well, given barely any space by the Leicester defenders and therefore had no impact on the game.

Bruno Fernandes – 5.5/10

When Fernandes came on, he tried his best to add some creative flair and authority to the United side, however this was largely stifled by Leicester’s ability to keep Cavani quiet.

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