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Player Ratings : Manchester United VS Liverpool

David De Gea: 8

David De Gea recovered from a hamstring injury as quick as possible to be ready for this game. That alone deserves commendation. The Spaniard pulled of a brilliant reaction save for an off side Firmino header. That summed up his performance, calm and controlled. Unlucky not to get a clean sheet.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 7

AWB was one that returned to the lineup after an illness kept him out against Newcastle. The youngster dominated the right hand side in the first half and wasn’t personally tested in the second. More of the same from the spider.

Victor Lindelof: 5

Victor Lindelof looked to play the occasion rather than the match. Early on you could see he was the liability in our defence. Origi seemed to have the run on him from the get go. Lindelof’s embarrassment was saved July VAR as a long ball cane in and he was outmuscled by Sadio Mane. The hand ball meant that the goal was disallowed.

Harry Maguire: 7

Maguire played in the centre of the back three. So his role meant sweeping up and recycling the ball. He did well to combat the threat from Firmino who barely had a sniff. In a low-key way, Maguire has been one of our most consistent performers this season.

Marcos Rojo: 6

Was Rojo along with young to blame for Adam Lallana’s equaliser? Yes. But was his all round performance worse than Lindelof’s? No. Considering he wasn’t in the lineup to begin with, replacing and injured Tuanzebe, I feel like Rojo played well. However his lapse in concentration did lead to the Liverpool goal.

Ashley Young: 6

As captain young really should be organiser as well as leader. I didn’t feel he was either of those. Rojo’s left the man free but Young should be demanding that he returns to mark as he saw the full picture unfold. I personally blame Ashley Young for the goal. He wasn’t the ‘poor’ though.

Fred: 7

Fred playing ahead of a back 3, is how you get the best out of him. In midfield he had options to play the ball which prevented him playing way wood balls and it allowed him to keep things flowing without worrying too much about defending. Decent performance from Fred.

Scott McTominay: 7

Similar to Fred, I think their roles were similar today as holding midfielders who get forward in possession as there was that defensive security. They both played well and grafted which was what we needed.

Andreas Pereira: 8

This was by far Pereira most positive performance of the season, why? Because he played behind the forward line in a central role where he could keep things ticking. He is a born number 10 and we saw in the first half what he can do when playing in his favoured position. I feel he set the precedent for the grit and determination as he he was up for the fight. Hopefully he can continue to play in the number 10 role going forward. A real contender for MOTM.

Daniel James: 8

Similar to Andreas, James embodied the fight and war like spirit we displayed. His dribble and assist for Rashford’s goal is what I’d like to see more of from him. He tired towards the end but an all round positive performance from James.

Marcus Rashford: 9

Rashford has been heavily criticised for his movement as a number 9 in the absence of Anthony Martial. However, today I thought we saw a return to form for the young Englishman. His in out body feint created the space for him to tap in his goal. That’s what we need more from him. As with the rest of the team today, his willingness to battle with the likes Van Djik was good to see, Welcome back Marcus Rashford.

Substitutes

Anthony Martial: 6

Brandon Williams: N/a

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