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Player Ratings: Tottenham 0-3 Manchester United

In a match that could be potentially season-defining for Manchester United, they started fairly brightly. Playing in a 5-2-1-2 formation, it was a new style of Ole Gunnar Solskjær‘s United. They kept control of the game at the start, forced the issue for Tottenham Hotspur and that all accumulated in a wonderful finish by elite striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

The second half started well, with Ronaldo adding a second before it was ruled out for offside, however, after 64 minutes Ronaldo produced another moment of magic to set up Edinson Cavani for the Red’s second. Marcus Rashford wrapped up a brilliant performance from United, slotting in a third 10 minutes from time.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea – 6/10

For once, a quiet game for de Gea tonight. Overall he did well, with one minor bad pass that ultimately led to nothing anyway.

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 8/10

Thought Wan-Bissaka did well today, especially in the first half. He was progressive and aggressive and helped force Tottenham right into their own half.

Victor Lindelof – 7/10

Lindelof played a commanding game tonight, with 4 clearances and an 83% passing accuracy, he did well on the right side of United’s back 3.

Raphael Varane – 8/10

Nothing but class from Varane in his first game back from injury. Almost flawless in defence, he sat in the middle to guard any central attacks and kept Kane quiet all evening.

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Harry Maguire – 7/10

After receiving a lot of criticism in the last week, Maguire quietly played a good game. One wobbly moment led to him receiving a yellow card, however, he worked well with Shaw and Varane to shut down Spurs’ right-hand side.

Luke Shaw – 6.5/10

Shaw was slightly quiet tonight but didn’t put a foot wrong. He put in 3 crosses and 4 long balls.

Midfielders

Fred – 6/10

Fred played a decent game in midfield, but he was targeted quite often by the Tottenham press. He gave away a couple more fouls than most people would like, but overall held his own.

Scott McTominay – 7/10

He has been criticised for ‘hiding’ a lot in games, however today he was energetic, forward-thinking and played a seamless game.

Bruno Fernandes – 9/10

Bruno Fernandes was back to his creative best tonight. His assist for the first goal was pinpoint, and his work to win the ball back for the second was vital. Helped prove a lot of doubts wrong tonight about his big-game performances.

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Attackers

Cristiano Ronaldo – 9/10

Superb performance from Ronaldo tonight. He played brilliantly off Cavani and Fernandes, and his assist lovely for the second goal complemented his world-class finish for the first in elite fashion.

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Edinson Cavani – 9/10

9’s all around for the attacking trio today. Cavani defended from the front, worked elegantly with Ronaldo up front and won the ball in the Spurs area just to allow the first goal to be created. The finish for his goal was exquisite, to say the least.

Substitutes

Marcus Rashford – 7/10

He came on to do a job, and he executed it well. Introduced against tired legs, Rashford gave the Spurs players a new dynamic to deal with, and his run for his goal was perfectly timed.

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Nemanja Matic – 7/10

Coming on for Fernandes to lock down the midfield, Matic did well in that respect and played a perfect ball to Rashford for the third goal.

Jesse Lingard – N/A

Lingard didn’t do enough to get a rating, as he was brought on with only a few minutes left.

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