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Player Ratings: Manchester United vs Wolves

Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers is a fixture that doesn’t often bring up the fondest of memories for United fans.

The opening 30 minutes saw Wolves be very much the dominant side. They had 4 shots on target in that period, and multiple other unrealised chances. United grew in to thegame a little bit, but with Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo upfront in the 4-2-2-2 system, there was no man in the middle to help link up the midfield and attack.

Wolves continued to pile pressure onto United as time went on. Ronaldo tee-d up Raul Jiminez for a great chance (by accident, I hope), however the striker couldn’t capitalise.

United looked much better in the second half and had a spell from the 65th minute where they looked like they could score, however it was Joao Moutinho who struck first in the 82nd minute to clinch all 3 points Wolves.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea – 6.5/10

De Gea was called upon more times than he would have liked today. He made a few very nice but ulimately comfortable saves over the course of the game. For Wolves’ first goal he could not see through the bodies in front of him, so can’t blame him too much for that.

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 4/10

In a system that has so far utilised Diogo Dalot’s attacking ability, this side relied on the attacking outlet of the right-back, which is well known not to be Wan-Bissaka’s main strength.

He was caught out on a few occasions and couldn’t get his crosses to find one of the attacking line when it was needed.

Raphael Varane – 5/10

Varane was alright today and did not make any real errors, however lacked in his progessing and seemed very tired in the final 10 minutes – potentially due to lack of match fitness due to his injury.

Phil Jones – 8/10

In his first United appearance in 707 days, Jones was their best player in the opening 45 mintues. Jones continued to impress throught the rest of the match, and was United’s best player over the 90 minutes.

Luke Shaw – 5/10

A bit like Varane, there was nothing particularly poor about his display, but it was sub-par compared to his usual standard. His passing was slightly off at times and he did not link up as well as he did with Sancho against Burnley.

Midfielders

Scott McTominay – 5/10

McTominay did an OK job in midfield, but was tasked with an almost impossible set of intructions. He was the man meant to control play, defend, bring the ball out from defence, link the defence and attack… In my opinion, United need a new midfielder to do that.

Nemanja Matic – 6/10

Matic was alright today, and probably the best of United’s left hand side. He set up Bruno Fernandes (who hit the bar) and played 54/63 successful passes.

Forwards

Mason Greenwood – 7/10

Thought it was very half to take Greenwood off in the 60th minute. Up to that point he was United’s most dangerous attacker and definitally had the beating of the Wolves’ left hand side.

Edinson Cavani – 3/10

Cavani was a complete ghost today. He made some strange decisions – a theme among the players in general today, most notably not playing Sancho through and instead shooting from 25-yards.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 3/10

Ronaldo was not a ghost like Cavani, however him being more involved in the game was not a good thing. He tried too often to drop far too deep to touch the ball, didn’t offer up much creative threat and was offside for the entire of the free-kick that he nodded in when he really didn’t need to be.

Jadon Sancho – 4/10

Sancho was pretty unnoticeable today; he needs more confidence to take his man on. It was a trademark of his when at Borussia Dortmund and I have fairth that he will regain his firely form, however tonight was not his evening.

Substitutes

Bruno Fernandes – 6/10

Fernandes played his best game in recent fixtures today, but it was ultimately not enough. he hit the bar when he probably should have scored and played Ronaldo through on a couple of occasions, however United couldn’t capitalise.

Marcus Rashford – 3/10

Rashford was brought on in pace of Sancho to give United more of a direct and pacy threat, however he offered little in his 20 minutes on the field and misplaced an east pass towards the end to ruin a potential counter attack.

Anthony Elanga – N/A

Elanga came on with little time left and had no real impact.

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