Wednesday 13 December 2017

Player ratings from Manchester United's win over Everton

Manchester United's Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Anthony Martial, Michael Carrick and Matteo Darmian celebrate
Manchester United's Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Anthony Martial, Michael Carrick and Matteo Darmian celebrate

Manchester United are back on track for Champions League football as they sit fifth in the table and just a point behind rivals Manchester City with seven games remaining. Here is how the teams rated from their win over Everton today.


DAVID DE GEA: Had little to do but made vital late save to deny Phil Jagielka an equaliser. 7

MATTEO DARMIAN: Moved to left-back after Marcos Rojo's withdrawal and fared well. 6

CHRIS SMALLING: Got involved in one mix-up with Daley Blind but was otherwise solid. 7

DALEY BLIND: Had to be alert with Romelu Lukaku around and coped superbly with the Belgian until being forced off injured. 8

MARCOS ROJO: Troubled greatly by Gerard Deulofeu early on and was perhaps lucky the Everton man switched flanks. Withdrawn at half-time. 4

MICHAEL CARRICK: Failed to provide the team with any impetus and gave the ball away numerous times. 5

MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN: Again proved to be a positive influence on the team, if not spectacular. 6

JESSE LINGARD: Fine recent form earned him the number 10 role but was quiet by recent standards. 6

JUAN MATA: Played a wide role and was quiet in the first half but grew into the game. 6

ANTHONY MARTIAL: United's most threatening player, having a shot deflected narrowly wide and later arriving in the right place to net the winner. 7

MARCUS RASHFORD: Continued to impress in terms of effort and linked well with Martial, but Everton kept a close watch. 6


TIM FOSU-MENSAH (for Rojo, 45): Solid defensively and provided an extra attacking dimension, setting up the winner. 7

ANDER HERRERA (for Carrick, 58): Fresh legs kept United ticking in the latter stages. 6

ANTONIO VALENCIA (for Blind, 82): Came on in the latter stages to see United over the line. 6


JOEL ROBLES: Not tested much by United but may have to take share of blame for goal. 6

SEAMUS COLEMAN: Good defensively early on but also at fault for United's goal, missing a chance to clear. 6

JOHN STONES: Made some good challenges but there were some lapses and distribution was occasionally poor. 7

PHIL JAGIELKA: Composed at the back and rattled the bar with a powerful header. 6

LEIGHTON BAINES: Not the force he once was but still a good performer and created a good chance for Lukaku. 6

JAMES McCARTHY: Grew into the game after running off an early knock. 6

TOM CLEVERLEY: Had some bright moments but missed a chance to cut out Fosu-Mensah's pass for Martial's goal. 6

GERARD DEULOFEU: Tore Rojo apart in the early stages and looked set for a profitable afternoon on the right but not as effective after switching to the left. 7

ROSS BARKLEY: Tried to exert his influence through the middle but faded and gave away possession cheaply at times. 6

AARON LENNON: Made some lively runs but was unable to maintain early intensity. 6

ROMELU LUKAKU: Showed good strength and was the focus of a lot of Everton's attacks, but was out of luck. 7


KEVIN MIRALLAS (for Deulofeu, 62): First appearance for a month but unable to influence proceedings. 6

OUMAR NIASSE (for Barkley, 87): Introduced too late to make an impact. 5

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