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Manchester United Player Ratings for the 2020/21 campaign

The 2020/21 campaign has reached it’s conclusion and it has been one of the most manic seasons in Premier League history.

For Manchester United, it was a season that started poorly, picked up throughout the season and unfortunately didn’t end with a trophy after their loss in the Europa League final to Villarreal.

It has been a season of progression for the Red Devils, here are the player ratings for all of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men that have played more than 270 minutes (three matches) this season.

Goalkeepers

David de Gea: 6/10

Manchester United’s number one had another disappointment season as a whole. While he still showed his shot-stopping quality at times, like in the second leg vs Roma, he ultimately showed that his all round game between the sticks is not to the standard needed.

He could leave the club this summer after a great career in Manchester, but it couldn’t have ended worse for the Spaniard.

Dean Henderson: 6.5/10

Dean Henderson decided to stay at the club after an impressive loan spell with Sheffield United and fight for the spot between the sticks. He managed to play more towards the end of the season and showed an impressive array of skills such as his box-presence and distribution.

However, the 23-year-old still made multiple mistakes in his first season with the first-team, and has much to learn to become a top goalkeeper.

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 6/10

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has started 51 matches for the club this season, playing an incredible amount of football throughout the campaign. While he has improved in the final third – with 6 Premier League assists to his name – there are still improvements needed in his game.

His workload would’ve impacted his performance and hopefully a stronger back-up option will be able to give the right-back some better competition next season.

Brandon Williams: 4/10

The academy graduate has not been able to offer sufficient cover on the right hand side of defence. When he has played, he has looked poor/nervy in possession and that is why Wan-Bissaka has played so much.

Victor Lindelöf: 7/10

The Swede had an impressive season for the most part; proving that him and Maguire could be a decent partnership. He did this while carrying a back injury for most of the season too.

However, his weakness in the air had been exposed multiple times throughout the season, even if his eyes were being gauged out by Mbaye Diagne for the strikers goal earlier in the season.

Harry Maguire: 9/10

After a poor first few games to the season, Harry Maguire became one of the most important players over the course of the season for The Reds. His on-the-ball ability and defensive strengths were both pivotal in United’s push in the league and in Europe.

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His unfortunate injury towards the tail-end of the season proved his importance further, with the defence struggling during his absence. If Maguire was fit, the Europa League final could’ve turned out a different result.

Axel Tuanzebe: 5/10

Axel Tuanzebe struggled with both injuries and form this season. After his excellent performance in the Champions League against PSG in the early stages of the campaign, it was thought that he’s kick on for the club, but he failed to do so.

When he was trusted by Solskjær, he was underwhelming and somewhat erratic. The talent is definitely there for the defender but time is slowly running out for him to show it.

Eric Bailly: 6.5/10

Eric Bailly had a brilliant stint of form mid-way through the season but was yet again held back by an injury. His unreliability is most certainly a caution point for the manager but the quality he offers when on the pitch is clear.

He is naturally a good partner for Maguire, and has been rewarded with a new contract, but will need to provide more consistency if he wishes to return to the pitch as a regular starter.

Luke Shaw: 9/10

What a story. No one would’ve expected Luke Shaw to explode like he has done this season. It’s been an incredible campaign by the Players’ Player of the Year as his offensive game has improved ten-fold while he has also been defensively strong.

Shaw is vital to United’s build-up and then is also one of the best creators in the side. It’s been wonderful to watch him turn into the player that he was always meant to become.

Alex Telles: 6/10

The signing of Alex Telles was meant to provide competition for the struggling Shaw, but he has been unable to get much game-time with Shaw’s incredible form.

He has been impressive when he has played, but the difference in ability between him and Shaw when United are trying to build is night and day, and reasoning why his game-time has been limited. We are yet to see a goal from the Brazilian, best known for his goalscoring ability in Portugal, but he have saw many examples of his great crossing ability.

Midfielders

Scott McTominay: 6.5/10

With seven goals to his name this campaign, Scott McTominay has been a solid goal threat from midfield for United this season and has provided some great performances during the season, with Leeds away being the best of the lot.

However, there needs to be improvements in some aspects of his game, and those aspects are vital to how a midfielder operates. McTominay’s positioning during build-up is one reason why United sometimes struggle to build when he’s starting, for example.

Fred: 6.5/10

The tenacious midfielder has not been as consistent as he was last campaign, but has still had a somewhat solid season.

He has been one of United’s better passers through the thirds, but has also had games where he could barely pass five yards. His energy has been a great asset too; but his inconsistent performances have limited his score.

Nemanja Matic: 5/10

The veteran in the middle of the pitch has had limited time on the pitch this season, with his legs seeming to be gone. He is too slow to start games now and is easily bypassed in transitions and his ability on the ball doesn’t make up for it.

While Matic has proved to be a good option to shut out a few fixtures this season, his involvement has been minimal.

Donny van de Beek: 4/10

After being signed for £40 million in the summer, we can only call this season a failure for Donny van de Beek. He has not really been able to adapt to the playstyle of United, and therefore has had limited game-time.

It is clear that the Dutchman is a quality player, and with the potential acquisition of Jadon Sancho in the summer, it brings a creator to the side on the wing, this could mean that Van de Beek is able to enjoy playing his natural role, rather than being expected to do the job that Bruno Fernandes does when he starts.

His performances improved throughout the season too but it was ultimately a poor season for the midfielder.

Paul Pogba: 8.5/10

With so much speculation over his future, and the antics of his agent before United’s loss against RB Leipzig in the UCL Champions League in November, people were perhaps expecting a January exit for Paul Pogba and certainly not an important role in the team.

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Nevertheless, Pogba was, in fact, an important performer for The Reds across the campaign, with many strong performances from a new-found position on the left-wing.

Pogba propelled United to the top of the table after a winner against Burnley, and it is his injury against Everton which derailed United’s title charge. A strong season from the Frenchman.

Bruno Fernandes: 9/10

There was no way that Bruno Fernandes would be able to keep up the way he was playing after his first (half) season in England… but he did.

The Portuguese was the first name on the team sheet for a number of months as he constantly produced the goods for the club, and even when his performances hit a dip in the second half of the season, he continued to produce the goods in the final third and ultimately ended the season with 28 goals and 18 assists — a wonderful return for a wonderful player.

Forwards

Marcus Rashford: 8/10

With Marcus Rashford being an inspiration with his work off the field this year, he has also had a pretty great year on it too.

He provided a second consecutive year with 20 goals, as Rashford was one of the most important players – especially in the first half of the season.

The winger had carried injuries through the campaign and his performances did stall towards the end of the season, but he still had a solid season overall.

Mason Greenwood: 7.5/10

Mason Greenwood was attacked by the media after an incident that the teenager was involved in alongside Phil Foden on England duty. It was a cruel reminder that many organisations will do anything for revenue, even if an 18-year-old had recently lost a close friend through suicide.

He was set up to fail this year, but the United man stepped up his performances after his slow start to the campaign. Greenwood was actually one of the best performers at the business end of the season.

His all-round game improved, while he also managed to bag 12 goals, seven of those helped make him become United’s top goalscoring teenager in Premier League history.

Edinson Cavani: 8/10

“Give it, give it, give it to Edi Cavani!” is what we’ll be hearing at Old Trafford next season after the Uruguayan striker decided to extend his stay in Manchester after a strong season with The Reds.

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Cavani had a slow start to the campaign, and had some slight injury problems throughout the year, but he reminded United fans what a real centre forward looked like.

A true bagsman. Edinson Cavani was able to secure himself 17 goals in around 24 90’s (2180 mins) — including two from the bench (and an assist) to spearhead an incredible comeback against Southampton. His work off the ball was also very admirable.

Anthony Martial: 4/10

Disappointing is the one word that comes to mind when asked about Anthony Martial’s season. He was so great last year but has been unable to replicate his form this time around.

His ice-cold ability in front of goal seemingly disappeared as he scored just seven goals across the campaign and while he still offered impressive link-up when he started, it was clear that Cavani was a better option through the centre with Martial’s confidence shot.

After being left out of France’s Euro 2020 squad with an injury, Martial should be desperate to have a much better 2021/22 campaign and with a full pre-season he will hopefully do so.

Daniel James: 6.5/10

Daniel James struggled last year as he was forced to be a started under Solskjær when he was quite clearly not ready for that. This time around, James has not had to be as involved and he’s had a better season.

Solskjær picked and chose the games that James started and they were often matches where the Welshman would be able to excel in (think Real Sociedad A, Leeds A).

His pressing was brilliant and aided United in many matches, although his on-ball actions are still questionable and why he remains strictly a squad player for the side.

Juan Mata: 6/10

El Mago, similar to Matic, has clearly lost any pace that he might’ve had last year and is not really an option in Premier League fixtures — that being said; he did finish September as the Player of the Month for The Reds.

Yet, he has been a good player to play when the squad is rotated as he is able to link-up with almost anyone. Mata is definitely a great person to have around the squad but he is not really a useful member to have on the pitch when against top level opposition.

Amad Diallo: 6.5/10

Amad has had an impressive first season with United after he came to the club in January after the club secured his signature in the summer transfer window.

The 18-year-old started life in Manchester in Neil Wood’s Under-23s side, but it became glaringly obvious that he was too good for that level. He scored four goals and assisted three times in just three matches in the PL2.

He also looked unphased to first-team life; with impressive performances from the bench and in his limited starts. He scored his first goal against AC Milan and will look to be more involved with the side in the next season.

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