Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspurs Player Ratings

Manchester United played like Manchester United of old in the first half against Spurs. There was a sense of urgency and desire among the players who wanted to bounce back from that disappointing defeat at the Amex Stadium. It was a game of two halves as United were clearly the better side in the opening 45 minutes but poor finishing let them down. Spurs took their chances in their second half to inflict a 3-0 defeat on United at Old Trafford.

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Formation: 4-3-3

Starting XI: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Shaw, Herrera, Fred, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Lukaku

David De Gea(GK) - 8/10

David de Gea was at his usual best in the game as he made one of his typical out of this world save from an Alli shot. He was good with his distribution too as he regularly found the likes of Lukaku and Fellaini when he came on in the second half. But there was hardly he could have done for any of the 3 goals United conceded as the defenders let him down once again. 

Valencia(RB) - 6/10

The Ecuadorian was a welcome addition to United's backline as he marauded down the right flank to give a headache to Danny Rose all night. He was solid in defense and created chances with his crossing as well.

Chris Smalling(CB) - 6/10

Smalling was immense in the first half as he kept Kane and Moura in check but it was his failed sliding tackle that freed Moura to go 1v1 with De Gea and score the game's third goal.

Phil Jones(CB) - 2/10

After a horrendous performance from Bailly and Lindelof against Brighton, Jones got the chance in the starting XI along with Smalling. But he failed to impress, yet again. He looked nervous all night and almost gave a penalty in the first half when he pushed Moura in the 18 yard box. Then to make things worse, he lost Harry Kane from a corner and Spurs' talisman headed in to score the first goal of his career at Old Trafford. To sum up the night, Jones being Jones got himself injured and had to be subbed off midway through the second half.

Luke Shaw(LB) - 8/10

United's best player in the game and probably their best player so far this season, Shaw impressed everyone. He roasted Kieran Trippier all night as he made those overlapping runs time and time again. He was excellent with his deliveries in the box too but the likes of Lingard and Lukaku failed to convert them.

Nemanja Matic(CDM) - 4/10

Matic was back in the game but clearly didn't look ready for it. The Serb recently had undergone a surgery and lacked match sharpness because of that. He uncharacteristically gave the ball away, time and time again in dangerous areas that caused trouble in the first half. He was later substituted for Fellaini when United were chasing the game in the second half.

Ander Herrera(CM) - 7/10

Herrera, after Shaw, was United's best player on the pitch. He showed the desire and determination to help the team in defense and in attack. Because of his early yellow card in the first half, he was subbed off at the hour mark as Mourinho didn't want to take risk of going down to 10 men.

Fred(CM) - 6/10

The Brazilian started the game as a Ferrari and ended it like a Fiat. He almost scored within the opening 10 seconds of the match and continuosly threatened the Spurs defenders with his danegrous runs. But in the second half, he was invisble as United looked for a comeback.

Paul Pogba(LM) - 5/10

Pogba started the game brightly and had a long distance shot saved as well but in the second half, he tried too many things and they didn't come off. If United are to turn their fortunes around, they need their star man to show his World Cup form.

Jesse Lingard(RW) - 4/10

Lingard started the game as a right winger but gradually moved up top with Lukaku. He had a game to forget as he was guilty of missing guilt edged opportunities that he would have buried last season. His runs were smart as usual but the end product let him down.

Romelu Lukaku(ST) - 2/10

The Belgian probably had one of the worst games in a United shirt as he missed an open goal. Yes, it was from a tight angle and on his weaker foot but after rounding off Lloris but a striker of Lukaku's reputation had to bury that in. That missed chance came back to haunt United the most as Spurs scored thrice in the second half to finish off the game. It would have been a completely different game altogether had Lukaku hit the target there. 


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