Saturday 18 November 2017

Everton v Manchester United - Player ratings

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea starred against Everton
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea starred against Everton

EVERTON

MAARTEN STEKELENBURG: Culpable for Ibrahimovic's goal having rushed out and failed to win the foot race. Surprisingly quiet thereafter. 5

SEAMUS COLEMAN: Could probably have offered more in attack and probably needs to if Everton are to break their torrid run. Caught by Ibrahimovic's boot and came off injured. 6

RAMIRO FUNES MORI: Drafted in to replace Phil Jagielka and added mobility at the back but could not exert any pressure on Ibrahimovic when the Swede reacted fastest to put his side ahead. 6

ASHLEY WILLIAMS: A much-needed calm and level head in a game punctuated by heated decision-making. Brought stability. 7

LEIGHTON BAINES: On top of his brief whether tracking Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Anthony Martial and buried the equalising penalty with nerves of steel. 7

GARETH BARRY: Put himself about admirably in the early stages but a 32nd-minute yellow card curbed his effectiveness and he may have picked up a second. 6

IDRISSA GUEYE: Everton's top performer over 90 energetic minutes. Ran, tackled and harried tirelessly, never allowing his opponents to settle. Won the all-important penalty, though somewhat fortuitously. 7

TOM CLEVERLEY: An ineffectual performance against his boyhood club. Never looked likely to score or create a goal and departed after 65 minutes. 5

KEVIN MIRALLAS: Gradually emerged as Everton's most effective attacking outlet in the second half, running at United and finding space for team-mates. Would have scored if not for De Gea's class. 7

YANNICK BOLASIE: The winger should have been licking his lips at the prospect of going at a weakened United left but could not get his game together to pose a regular threat. Needs to be more aware of the movement of others. 5

ROMELU LUKAKU: The Belgian was low on inspiration and was largely unable to assert himself. At times isolated but never seemed fully in sync with the supporting cast. 5

Substitutes

GERARD DEULOFEU (for Cleverley): Occasionally wanted too much time on the ball but had some nice touches. 6

MASON HOLGATE (for Coleman): Had a wonderful opportunity to score in a lively cameo but could not beat De Gea. 7

ENNER VALENCIA (for Bolasie): Added presence in the penalty area but should really have done better with a point-blank header aimed straight at the keeper's feet. 7

MANCHESTER UTD

DAVID DE GEA: Barely involved for the first 52 minutes but proved his class with a brilliant one-handed save from Mirallas' goalbound effort. Made four further stops but could not keep out the penalty. 8

ANTONIO VALENCIA: A relatively safe pair of hands now at right-back. Got up and down his flank well and made some progress on the overlap. 6

PHIL JONES: A sturdy, impressive display of old-fashioned centre-half work from a man who is fast rebuilding his reputation at Old Trafford. 7

MARCOS ROJO: Unfathomably allowed to stay on the pitch after a dreadul two-footed lunge at Gueye that should have left his side in serious trouble. That compromises whatever good work he subsequently did. 5

MATTEO DARMIAN: A fish out of water at left-back, the Italian looked uncomfortable and exposed in defence but was spared by Everton's inability to exert consistent pressure on a clear weak link. 5

ANDER HERRERA: Unbelievably clattered the woodwork from six yards with United 1-0 up but, for the most part, turned in a tidy performance further back in the engine room. 7

MICHAEL CARRICK: Handed just a third Premier League start of the season, the veteran midfielder was typically efficient. Positional discipline is valued by team-mates and helps United keep their shape. 7

PAUL POGBA: Possibly played too deep for too long, a problem that may or may not be of his own making. But the £100m man needs to find a way to take these games by the scruff of the neck. 6

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN: Handed a rare start by Jose Mourinho the former Borussia Dortmund man struggled to demand attention in the first half and was hooked in the second. 6

ANTHONY MARTIAL: A decent if unspectacular turn by the French international. Looked busy and made himself available without ever getting close to changing the game. 7

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC: Produced a box office finish, complete with cliffhanger, to break the deadlock showing his skill, technique and calmness. Questions will be asked about his conduct in tussling with Coleman. 7

Substitutes:

MARCUS RASHFORD (for Anthony Martial): Not able to help his side over the line. 6 MAROUANE FELLAINI (for Mkhitaryan): It may have been soft but giving away a crucial penalty in the briefest of appearances never looks good. 3

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