Another week, another poor result for United. After scraping a disappointing 2-1 win against Villarreal in the Champions League, Manchester United came up against a weakened Everton just as we head into international break. It started off with a dominant first-half showing from the Red Devils with Anthony Martial scoring his first goal in 15 games to put United ahead just before the cusp of halftime.
The second-half was a very different story as a lack of creativity from United and a few slip-ups in the middle of the pitch cost United two points. The Red Devils almost gave away three points as Tom Davies squared the ball to Yerry Mina instead of shooting it himself in a 1v1 situation. Mina did manage to put it in the net but was found offside by VAR.
David De Gea – 6/10
The Spaniard had little to do in this game other than a solid stop from Demarai Gray‘s decent attempt in the first-half. He could’ve done little to prevent Everton’s goal from going in.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka 9/10
This was undoubtedly one of the best performances by the right-back. He looked extremely confident on the ball, linked up very well with Greenwood and McTominay on the right-hand side of the pitch, and was a menace while defending in the box.
He put in a few decent crosses including one in the first-half, which found Martial, but was fluffed by the Frenchman. It would’ve been a 10/10 performance had he not kept Tom Davies onside in Everton’s disallowed goal.
Raphael Varane 7.5/10
It was a game that saw one of the better performances from the Frenchman. Varane has undoubtedly been one of the most consistent performers for United this season and continues to show his class.
He was pretty solid at the back, intercepting quite a few of Everton’s chances and even made an excellent recovery in the 10th minute when Salomon Rondon was through on goal.
Victor Lindelof 7.5/10
It was another good showing from Lindelof. The Swede has really stepped up his game since replacing an injured Harry Maguire last week. He had quite a few decent blocks this game and even stopped Gray in a 2v2 counter.
Luke Shaw 5.5/10
The Everton game saw one of Luke Shaw’s more disappointing performances. The left-back has had a tough season so far and it was pretty evident in today’s game. He made quite a few unneeded tackles, made a few unnecessary passes, and was caught out of position quite a few times.
He could have done better to cover Andros Townsend in the build-up towards the Everton goal instead of rushing towards Abdoulaye Doucouré who had sufficient cover on him.
Fred had a very topsy-turvy showing against the Toffees today. He was excellent in the first-half, winning most of his duels, completing most of his passes and also finding Edinson Cavani at the end of a beautiful cross from his weaker foot.
However, the second half was a different story. The Brazilian was back to his worst and was eventually wrestled off twice near the halfway line in the build up to the Everton goal.
Scott McTominay 7/10
It was a good performance by McTominay in contrast to his poor showing last weekend. The Scot was excellent in Everton’s half, linking up pretty well with Wan-Bissaka and Mason Greenwood on the right-hand side of the pitch & also made quite a few good runs inside Everton’s box.
Bruno Fernandes 7.5/10
It was a pretty decent showing on behalf of the Portuguese. He had good linkups with pretty much all of the United players on the pitch and also made quite a few beautiful touches including one off of Mason Greenwood’s pass, which eventually led to an assist for Anthony Martial’s goal.
Mason Greenwood 7.5/10
Even though he didn’t manage to score a goal or pick up an assist, it was a pretty solid showing from United’s number 11 tonight. The youngster had a few good crosses up his sleeve. He also linked up well with Wan-Bissaka and McTominay, as previously mentioned, and eventually made a diagonal pass which led to the assist of Martial’s peach of a strike.
He actually didn’t put a foot wrong and helped out United pretty well in their transitional plays.
Anthony Martial 8/10
The Frenchman finally scored his first goal of the season after a fifteen-game drought. Martial was pretty decent throughout the game, making a few good runs, and also, linking up well with Bruno Fernandes quite a few times including one which led to him scoring an absolute beauty of a goal. The forward was looking pretty confident after scoring until he was subbed off later precautionarily after injuring himself while making a sprint for a United throw-in.
Edinson Cavani 6/10
It was definitely not one of the best performances by the Uruguayan for United. Apart from his header being saved off a Wan-Bissaka cross, the 34-year-old had little involvement in the game.
Jadon Sancho 6.5/10
It was a decent performance by Jadon Sancho after coming on in the 57th minute. He was arguably the best United player in the second half, had a few good link-ups with Ronaldo and made a good amount of successful dribbles.
He did, however, manage to fluff a good chance created by Ronaldo in the final few minutes of the game and his shot went rolling towards Pickford in a harmless manner.
Cristiano Ronaldo 6.5/10
The Portuguese was left on the bench for the first time in the league this season. He came on alongside Sancho in the 57th minute and created a solid amount of decent chances for the Red Devils. He was, however, a bit ineffective this game.
Paul Pogba 6/10
Pogba had a mediocre game tonight. He had little to do and also had little to offer after coming on in the 70th minute.