Player Ratings: Newcastle United 1-1 Manchester United

There was a lot of optimism coming into this game. A couple of weeks for Ralf Rangnick‘s ideas to be communicated with video analysis, facing one of the worst teams in the division, Raphaël Varane back in the starting lineup, but the optimism faded within the opening minutes and never really came back.

Goalkeeper

David De Gea – 8/10

There wasn’t much the Spaniard could do for the opening goal, but made a fantastic reaction save shortly after half time. Close to the end of the game, David pulled out what could be the save of the season, which saved his team a point. David showed what he is capable of today and is what all United fans hope to see each week.

Defenders

Diogo Dalot – 3/10

Dalot regularly got forward in the first half, yet struggled to find teammates to link up with. Defensively, it was a long day. Saint-Maximin seemed to be able to get anywhere he wanted at any time and Diogo didn’t seem to have an answer.

Raphaël Varane – 2/10

Varane has missed a significant amount of time and it showed. He was remarkably poor on the ball, which is quite unusual. Like his partner on the day, things didn’t improve much as the game went on.

Harry Maguire – 2/10

Manchester United’s captain put on a performance which represented the team as a whole on the night. Individual errors from the second minute and it didn’t improve.

Alex Telles– 3/10

Telles didn’t have his best day. Did very little in the build up, final third, or in defense. Even on set piece duty, he struggled to find his teammates.

Midfielders

Fred – 3/10

A poor display from Fred. Like many of his teammates, he struggled to pass effectively and with purpose. Defensively, he wasn’t nearly as involved as we have come to expect. Fred’s night was ended early with a half time substitution.

Scott McTominay – 5/10

While he struggled in possession, he was the one consistently working back to help try and contain Saint-Maximin.

To start the second half, he was tasked with being the lone holder in midfield. Not an easy task, but one he did well enough to see his side level the score. Our last sight of him was when Matic came on in replace of Scott, who removed his boot and ran off the pitch.

Bruno Fernandes – 4/10

A very quiet and ineffective first half from Bruno saw him get shifted to a deeper more central role to get him more involved on the ball.

The positional change allowed more of the Bruno we are used to seeing. He got on the ball and continually tried to make things happen, frequently looking for Sancho and Rashford over the top.

Forwards

Marcus Rashford – 3/10

Tonight was not his night, but did show glimpses of what he can offer. In the second half, he moved over to the left side and was a bigger threat in behind. In terms of build up, pressing, and tracking back, there is still a lot to be desired.

Mason Greenwood – 3/10

A very quiet night from the young forward. He got the opportunity to start up front, yet the lack of build up impacted him greatly. He simply was not able to get involved at all in his 45 minutes on the pitch.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 3/10

Ronaldo was incredibly quiet in terms of his play, but was anything but when it came to his frustrations with his team’s play and even the officiating.

Substitutes

Jadon Sancho – 5/10

Sancho coming on allowed Dalot to focus more on the defensive side of the ball and some better creation from the wing. Unlucky to not get an assist after finding a wide open Cavani in front of goal.

Edison Cavani – 6/10

Cavani came on and scored the tying goal, but arguably could have had a second half hattrick. He consistently got into great positions, but really struggled once receiving the ball in front of goal.

Nemanja Matic – N/A

Matic came on for the last 15 minutes and wasn’t able to get involved much in attack of defense.

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