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Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-1 West Ham (Carabao Cup)

After Manchester United dramatically collected all three points from the London Stadium on Sunday, they returned to Old Trafford to face David Moyes’ West Ham yet again, but this time in a Carabao Cup fixture.

After going behind to an early goal from Manuel Lanzini, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men took control of the game and were on top for the rest of the first-half. They continued to probe in the second period but could not find the breakthrough and ultimately crashed out of the Carabao Cup.

Goalkeeper

Dean Henderson – 7/10

Didn’t have too much to do throughout apart from two very good saves in the late stages of the game. He denied Mark Noble’s one-vs-one and got down extremely well to deny a powerful Jarod Bowen strike at his near post. His distribution throughout was below par which was highlighted in the last minute with his overhit pass to Van de Beek after he went up for the corner.

Defenders

Diogo Dalot – 7/10

The right-back was active on the flank throughout and launched a few dangerous crosses into the penalty area. He was solid in possession, played a couple lovely crossfield passes and drove a powerful shot from outside the box just wide of the bottom corner.

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Eric Bailly – 6/10

In his first game of the season, Bailly was pretty assured on the right side of defence and made a good block in the early stages of the game. He was found missing in the latter stages of the game in and was lucky that United was not punished for it.

Victor Lindelöf – 7.5/10

A decent performance from the Sweden captain. He delayed play in defensive transitions well and also was calm, cool and collected when pressed.

Alex Telles – 4.5/10

The Brazilian left-back returned from injury and was largely unimpressive. He was beaten too easily by Ryan Fredericks on the left side for West Hams opener and was average in possession until he came off.

Midfielders

Nemanja Matic – 6/10

The Serbian started the game well with some parading runs into the final third, as well as some lovely passes that we expect from him. His performance dipped in the second half and was sloppy in possession on multiple occasions.

Donny van de Beek – 8/10

Starting his second match of the season, Van de Beek was one of the brightest sparks for The Reds. Although he arguably should’ve covered the cutback for the opening goal, the Dutchman was consistently progressing the ball well and made numerous recoveries in the middle of the pitch. He slowed down slightly in the second period but an impressive performance nonetheless.

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Juan Mata – 5.5/10

A few nice touches, a shot from a tight angle which hit the crossbar and a nice chipped pass to Sancho were El Mago’s highlights through the match. It was ultimately an average performance and a place on the pitch that someone like Hannibal Mejbri could’ve taken.

Forwards

Jesse Lingard – 6.5/10

A good start and a couple powerful shots from the matchwinner on the weekend. He wasn’t the best in transitions and ultimately went quieter as the game went on. Good link-up throughout tonight.

Jadon Sancho – 7.5/10

United’s £73 million signing started the game slowly but grew into it well. We saw some lovely link-up play involving Sancho throughout as well as some nice passes in the final third. Skinning Mark Noble in the middle of the pitch with a bit of skill was a showing of the growing confidence in a United shirt. He also did some astute defensive work.

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Anthony Martial – 4/10

A slow start. Then Martial had a bright spell before the half-time whistle with some nice touches. But then an awfully quiet second half with a lack of intensity left people scratching their heads about what the Frenchman offers United at the moment.

Substitutes

Mason Greenwood – 8/10

The teenager came on the pitch just after the 60 minute mark and almost made an instant impact as his brilliant run in behind was found by Van de Beek. He touched the ball down well but his shot was denied by the sturdy Alphonse Areola. He was sharp and a danger throughout his 30 minute cameo.

Bruno Fernandes – 5/10

Poor off the bench and wasteful. Came close with a shot from distance.

Anthony Elanga – N/A

Didn’t have enough involvement in a makeshift left-back role.

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