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Five debuts for Manchester United - but who impressed the most?

Published 08/08/2015 | 19:52

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay (centre) celebrate Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker (background, left) scoring an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay (centre) celebrate Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker (background, left) scoring an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United began their Premier League season with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Old Trafford.

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The only goal of the game came through Tottenham defender Kyle Walker, who put the ball into his own net during the first half.

The goal came with Wayne Rooney about to unleash a shot from Ashley Young's cross, but the Spurs defender, trying to make a last ditch tackle, simply poked the ball past Michel Vorm and into the Tottenham goal.

Louis van Gaal gave Sergio Romero his first Manchester United appearance in goal. He also played fellow summer signings Matteo Darmian, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay from the start. World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger came off the bench.

But who impressed? We take a look...

Sergio Romero

He's no David de Gea. The Argentinian had a mixed bag of an afternoon. Impressive in some aspects, but poor in others. He is yet to fully convince. 6

 

Matteo Darmian

The majority of United's play focused on the opposite flank, but Darmian was solid enough, pushing forward and proving that he is a capable crosser of the ball. 6

Chris Smalling

Coped well against Kane. Led by example in the air and was a commanding presence. 7

Daley Blind

The Dutchman may be versatile, but it remains to be seen whether he should be seen as an option at centre back. 6

Luke Shaw

His link up play with Young was encouraging while Dembele got little joy out of the England international. 6

 

Morgan Schneiderlin

The Frenchman gave the ball away in his own third on one occasion, but was largely flawless. Composed and confident. 6

Michael Carrick

A quiet game from the midfielder. Much of his work goes unnoticed and his place could be under threat. 5

Juan Mata

A lively display from the Spaniard. He drifted into central areas and also hugged the touchline. Could have done better with a couple of efforts. 6

Memphis Depay

The boy is certainly confident. Although he didn't enjoy a blistering start, he grew into the game and was always a threat. Looked disappointed to be withdrawn. 6

Ashley Young

The midfielder was lively throughout. His attitude has endeared him to the Old Trafford crowd and he played as if it was his debut. 7

Wayne Rooney

Missed a glorious chance prior to Walker's own goal. Several nice touches, but not the rampaging display many had predicted now the striker has been installed as the side's attacking spearhead. 6

 

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Best off the bench: Superb passing. Looked sharp, disproving fitness doubts but also gave the ball away on a couple of occasions. Booked. 6

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