On the eve of Alex Ferguson’s 80th birthday, Manchester United gave him the present of a relatively comfortable 3-1 win over Burnley. United looked like a completely different team to that who played Newcastle, partly due to six changes implemented by Ralf Rangnick, as they were more energetic and dominated possession throughout the game.
David De Gea – 5/10
A quiet night for the Spaniard, who faced little action in the game as United controlled the game. The shot from Aaron Lennon, which De Gea conceded, left no chance for United’s No.1 as the ball was finished into the side netting of the bottom right corner. De Gea’s distribution was quite poor all night as many of his long passes failed to find the intended target.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 5/10
Arron Wan-Bissaka was one of three United defenders making their first Premier League start under Rangnick. He played okay in open play, however, he drifted out of position often but this didn’t prove to be an issue as he was covered by his teammates. Wan-Bissaka was out jumped and beaten in almost all aerial battles when defending Burnley set-pieces, a weakness he has to improve on.
Harry Maguire – 4/10
The United captain looked clumsy throughout, was bullied by Chris Wood and could have done more to prevent Lennon’s goal. Maguire could be seen at fault for the Burnley goal as he kept backing off, allowing Lennon into shooting range, who then used the center back’s body to un-sight De Gea.Embed from Getty Images
Eric Bailly – 5/10
Bailly’s poor touch, in the United third, was capitalised upon by Lennon which started the attack leading to the Englishman’s goal for the away side. The Ivorian was solid after this mistake, covering Wan-Bissaka well when the right back was out of position. However, his first Premier League start under Rangnick ended prematurely in the 65th minutes as he was substituted off, for Raphaël Varane, as he gave way to an injury that he picked up early in the first-half.
Luke Shaw – 7.5/10
Shaw’ performance tonight was close to his best. The left back showed no lack of match fitness, which is surprising due to Alex Telles being the preferred choice in Rangnick’s first three Premier League games, and caused headaches for Burnley. Shaw played brillantly on the left channel alongside Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood and was vital in United’s second goal and should have had an assist from Cristiano Ronaldo but he uncharacteristically missed inside the box.
Mason Greenwood – 7/10
The English youngster was heavily involved in all the good moves for United and was very direct in his play. Greenwood was comfortable on both wings during the game and played important roles in the first and third goals. He was very goal driven in his attacks and always tried to bring the ball up the pitch and was a threat until he was brought of in the 80th minute for Diogo Dalot.
Nemanja Matić – 6/10
Matić was conservative with his passing but this allow United to control possession and it worked well with the more aggressive playstyle of Scott McTominay. The Serbian hardly put a foot wrong and was calm on the ball.
Jadon Sancho – 6/10
This match offered glimmers of the Sancho seen at Borussia Dortmund as he took on his man when given the opportunity. He was unfortunate not to have his first Premier League goal at Old Trafford, as his effort in the 27th minute, created by him dancing into the box, took a deflection and counted as a Ben Mee own goal.
Scott McTominay – 9/10
Scott McTominay was everywhere on the pitch, a defensive rock and could have had a hat-trick if it wasn’t for the Burnley goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. McTominay opened the scoring for United in the 8th minute with a first time, finessed strike from outside the box into the bottom right corner. Scott also helped out defensively by dropping deep to win headers from Burnley long balls and to break up play and burst forward.Embed from Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo – 7/10
Ronaldo scored and got an assist but his goal was a rebound into an open net and his assist looked unintentional as his poor touch fell to McTominay who swept home. Ronaldo should have had a hat-trick as he missed chances that you would expect him to finish and his two goal contributions summed up his night, a bit off and odd.Embed from Getty Images
Edinson Cavani – 6/10
Cavani pressed a lot in his usual fashion but it wasn’t until the second-half that he became more involved in the attack for United. The Uruguayan’s best chance of the game came in the 69th minute when Ronaldo headed the ball back across the box allowing Cavani to volley from close range only to be denied by Hennessey’s face. If the ball did hit the back of the net, the goal would have been at the mercy of VAR as it could have been offside.
Raphaël Varane – 6/10
The Frenchman came on in the 65th minute for the injured Bailly, but due to United’s hold on possession Varane had to do very little and was hardly noticeable.
Diogo Dalot – 5/10
Dalot saw a lot of the ball in his ten minutes of play as he was positioned on the right wing, replacing Greenwood. The Portuguese delivered many crosses into the Burnley box but they all failed to find an United man, as they were either overhit or stopped by the first defender.
Fred – N/A
Fred came on in the 92nd minute, of three minutes added on, to replace Ronaldo.