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Sheffield United 2-3 Manchester United | Premier League | Player Ratings

Dean Henderson: 5

Confidence was high with Dean Henderson for his return. The confidence oozed through him to the point that his naive extra touch caused Sheffield United’s opening goal. For the Blades’ second, he didn’t dominate his area as much as you’d like him to. However, the young English goalkeeper redeemed himself with a brilliant save at the death that secured all three points.

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Defence

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 6

Wan Bissaka didn’t really influence the game at right-back a whole lot. He was an outlet but against a side that were going to sit in you’d hope he could do more going forward.

Victor Lindelof: 7

Sheffield United are renowned for their physical presence, so going into the game naturally Lindelof was a worry. However, the Swede came out on top for large parts, though he was to blame for Sheffield United’s second. His pass for Marcus Rashford’s equaliser was finely weighted, for the forward to tuck away.

Harry Maguire: 6

Maguire didn’t impact the game defensively or going forward as well as Lindelof, but he did play a big role in keeping David Mcgoldrick and Oliver Burke quiet for large parts of the game.

Alex Telles: 6

The Brazilian left-back made his return to the side and unlike Wan-Bissaka, provided an actual attacking outlet. Some of his crossing caused problems for the Blades’ defence but his passing wasn’t rewarded with a goal.

Midfield

Nemanja Matic: 7

Nemanja Matic is very important for Manchester United and it showed again today. His presence in front of the back four allows the offensive players to strut their stuff and express themselves.

Paul Pogba: 8

Paul Pogba’s Manchester United future is doubtful, however, what wasn’t left to speculation was Pogba’s quality tonight. The Frenchman literally took his gloves off and took the game by the scruff of the neck from deep. The passes he played were out of this world and his skill was magnificent. He takes away an assist from a man of the match worthy performance.

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Bruno Fernandes: 7

For the first time in his Premier League career, Bruno Fernandes failed to score or assist away from home for Manchester United. That statistic alone shows what kind of player we are dealing with. Tonight he did manage to affect the game and play well without his almost customary goals and assists.

Attack

Mason Greenwood: 6

Dropped deep to collect the ball and get into the team, which is a symptom of the interchangeability when United play with this front three. Although he wasn’t in the game a lot when he got the ball things happened, he played a role in Manchester United’s third which was a brilliant move.

Anthony Martial: 7

Finally, Anthony Martial gets that Premier League goal that’s alluded him all season. It was a deserved one as well. His work away from the box has improved massively and we say that today, his movement and link-up play, had a huge say in anything Manchester United did going forward.

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Marcus Rashford: 8

When Marcus Rashford is moving and being direct like he was today he’s unplayable. From his nutmegs to his deft touches Rashford was on another level tonight. George Baldock and Phil Jagielka will be having nightmares about Rashford’s display.

Substitutes

Juan Mata: 6

Donny van de Beek: 6

Scott Mctominay: n/a

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