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Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United

Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United

Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United | Premier League | Player Ratings

David de Gea: 6

The Spaniard has a shaky start to the match with a few stray passes from the back. The shots he faced didn’t cause him to break much of a sweat.

Defence

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 6

Another tough test following on from his midweek opponent, tonight Wan Bissaka has to face the directness of Allan Saint-Maximin. He handled the test well, despite the Frenchman scoring the equaliser after overall poor defensive positioning, Saint-Maximin was withdrawn after being ineffective against the right back.

Victor Lindelof: 5

Lindelof’s performance can be summed up by his nervousness. The Swede failed to show the assuredness that coined the name iceman. His passes were safe inviting even more pressure from the Newcastle press.

Harry Maguire: 6

Many will turn to the poor headed clearance that resulted in Newcastle’s goal and leave the blame at the captain’s door. However, his performance was much more than that unpreventable error. He drove into midfield at times and played some important forward passes with one leading to Rashford’s opening goal.

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Luke Shaw: 7

Another game, another positive display from Luke Shaw. This season his willingness to drive forward on the ball is a joy to watch and one of the main reasons for his upturn in form this season, that subtle change to his play.

Midfield

Fred: 3

From awful passing decisions and accuracy to a lack of potent defensive Fred was poor. In the first half United failed to maintain quality possession and the Brazilian was at the heart of that. Fred’s performance did improve in the second along with the rest of the team.

Nemanja Matic: 5

The Serb’s performance was in many ways similar to Fred’s, however, Matic looked to keep the ball better than the Brazilian.

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Bruno Fernandes: 7

Fernandes has very little influence on the performance of the side but as he does so well, the Portuguese magnifico influenced the result and that’s the most important thing.

Attack

Marcus Rashford: 8

A constant threat from the left-hand side, every time Rashford was on the ball he looked the most likely to cause damage. His goal was sensational getting a cheeky nutmeg on the way to a rocket of a finish at the keepers near post. He got his shot away quickly, something he needs to do more.

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Anthony Martial: 3

Another poor performance. United lacked a real presence in the opposition box and that’s because Martial almost didn’t want to be in the box. The talent is there but he seems to be lacking mentally for some reason. If he continues in this vein it can only end in tears.

Daniel James: 7

A stark contrast to Martial, what James lacks in ability he makes up for in effort and fighting for the cause. Whether he’s getting kicked around by opposition or closing down and pressing the kid doesn’t stop running. His anticipation in the box earned him a second goal in as many games.

Substitutes

Mason Greenwood: 6

Juan Mata: n/a

Shola Shoretire: n/a

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