Man-in-form Marcus Rashford spearheads Manchester United past Everton into the 4th round of the FA Cup.
United continued their scintillating form as an early attack put them ahead against Everton. Almost out of nothing, the Toffees replied and took the wind out of United’s sails. In the second half, United we’re back ahead and it was Rashford once again forcing the issue with a ball into the box that Conor Coady had no choice but to turn it into his own net.
After VAR came to United’s rescue to write off an Everton equaliser, Alejandro Garnacho was brought down by Ben Godfrey in the box leading to a penalty that Rashford slotted away.
Here’s how each player performed with a rating out of 10:
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David de Gea: 4
Given his recent form, you can’t help but give him the benefit of the doubt for his performance but there is no doubt it was shaky, to say the least.
Diogo Dalot: 6
A first start following his injury at the World Cup and it did show at times, otherwise, Dalot was solid.
Raphael Varane: 7
There is a real temptation to give him a plus-two rating after his piece of skill in the first half on the right wing of all places. Of all the defence, he was the pick of the bunch.
Luke Shaw: 6
A third start playing in his new favourite position at centre-back, he wasn’t as bright in that position compared to previous games but that’s probably due to the lofty heights he’s set as a centre-half.
Tyrell Malacia: 6
Malacia was a real nuisance for the opposition, not so much in the attacking sense but he shows a tendency to always get an important challenge in.
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The Brazilian performance followed a similar trajectory to United’s performance. Great to start with, setting the tone by chipping in with some important interceptions. His game did peter out as Everton gained momentum but ultimately it was another positive game from Casemiro.
Christian Eriksen: 6
A quiet but effective performance from the Dane.
Bruno Fernandes: 6
Fernandes’ performance was frustrating at times with some annoying habits creeping back into his game but in a usual fashion, his relentless want to create always leads to something.
Antony took his goal well but following that was very frustrating as he was reluctant to take on his man. Hopefully, the goal does restore confidence in his game.
Anthony Martial: 5
A disappointing performance from the Frenchman, especially considering United’s need for a no.9. A missed opportunity for Martial.Embed from Getty Images
Marcus Rashford: 8
Marcus Rashford is simply a joy to watch for a number of reasons this season. Direct, relentless and confident, he is spearheading this United team toward success. There is no doubt he will need help in the long round though.
Alejandro Garnacho: 6
Lisandro Martinez: 6
Harry Maguire: n/a
Scott Mctominay: n/a