Friday 30 September 2016

Manchester United v Liverpool player ratings

Published 12/09/2015 | 20:00

Manchester United's Daley Blind celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game
Manchester United's Daley Blind celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game

Here are how the players ranked from today’s encounter

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David De Gea 7 (out of 10)

Matteo Darmian 5

Chris Smalling: 6

Daley Blind: 6

Luke Shaw: 5

Michael Carrick: 7

Bastian Schweinsteiger: 6

Juan Mata: 6

Ander Herrera: 6

Memphis Depay: 5

Marouane Fellaini: 5

Substitutes

Ashley Young (on for Memphis, 46): 6

Anthony Martial (on for Mata, 65:) 7

Morgan Schneiderlin (on for Carrick 72): 5

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet: 6

Nathaniel Clyne: 5

Martin Skrtel: 5

Dejan Lovren: 5

Joe Gomez: 5

Lucas Leiva: 5

James Milner: 5

Emre Can: 4

Roberto Firmino: 4

Christian Benteke: 5

Danny Ings: 6

Substitutes

Jordon Ibe (on for Firmino, 66): 6

Divock Origi (on for Ings, 74): 5

Alberto Moreno (on for Lucas, 88): 4

STAR PLAYER

Anthony Martial: Just edges out Ashley Young and Daley Blind. Young changed the game after his introduction, adding pace and purpose while Blind defended well and converted his strike superbly. But Martial gave United fans what they have been crying out for - pace, skills and a cracking finish. A fairytale debut.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Christian Benteke's goal: On any day, Benteke's goal would have grabbed the headlines. The big Belgian looked turgid in the first half, but showed great athleticism to acrobatically fire home in space.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Louis van Gaal's worst nightmare came true when Wayne Rooney was ruled out through injury. Having let Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie go this summer, Van Gaal put Marouane Fellaini up front. The Belgian looked completely out of place, fluffing three chances. It was only when Van Gaal brought on Young and Martial that the team found the pace and cutting edge it lacked.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Liverpool's surrender. Liverpool barely had a go in the first half and wilted after United had taken the lead. Had it not been for Benteke's strike, this could have been a real walloping for Liverpool.

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