Swansea v Manchester United – Player Ratings

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Manchester United made it two wins from two as they beat Swansea 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium. But did the scoreline really reflect the way the match went? See how the players got on below.

 

Swansea

Fabianski – 6

Didn’t do a whole lot wrong but you can’t really be getting higher than a 6 when you concede four.

Naughton – 6.5

Did well getting forward and cut out a number of passes from Mata and Pogba when United looked to be breaking.

Fernandez – 6.5

A mixed day for the centre back. He kept Lukaku in his pocket until he didn’t and was too slow to react when Bailly nipped in to score the opener.

Mawson – 7

Solid throughout, was unlucky to be on the end of a 4-0 loss.

Olsson – 7

Had a good game, got forward when he could and had his hands full with Rashford and then Martial but over all, not bad.

Fer – 6

Looked off the pace, especially towards the end of the game. Lucky not to be booked for an early foul on Matic.

Bartley – 6

Very solid performance for most of the game denying Rashford with an excellent challenge but lost Pogba for the header which led to the opener and fell apart late on.

Carroll – 7

Worked tirelessly, always available and very neat throughout. Ran himself in to the ground.

Roque – 6.5

Playing Manchester United on your debut is never going to be easy but the new signing acquitted himself fairly well and should be a good addition to Paul Clement’s side.

Ayew – 5.5

Caused problems with his constant running, his cross/shot in the opening minutes could have led to the opener. Worked hard throughout and kept Valencia pinned back but poor decision making cost his side.

Abraham – 6

Had a lot of work to do, often isolated but made sure Utd’s back line knew they were in a game, with better service he might have got on the scoresheet.

Subs:

Narsingh – 4

Failed to use his pace and was unable to trouble Blind, was nowhere to be seen as Martial took over the left flank.

Routledge -4

Had a little over 20 minutes to make an impact. Failed to do so.

McBurnie – n/a

Late Sub.

 

 

Manchester United

De Gea – 6

Almost caught out in the opening minutes by Jordan Ayew’s cross/shot but other than that had very little to do.

Valencia – 7

Standard 7/10 performance from the most dependable right back in the league. didn’t get forward as often as he might have wanted but didn’t put a foot wrong.

Bailly, – 7.5

Reacted fastest to register his first United goal, solid at the back as well.

Jones – 7

Mostly untroubled at the back, went close when he hit the bar in the first half.

Blind – 7

Dealt with Swansea’s pace admirably though didn’t provide a lot going forward and misplaced a number of passes when a break looked to be on.

Matic – 7

Solid and made a number of key interceptions but failed to match the high standards set against West Ham.

Pogba – 7

Booked and looked out of sorts but grew in to the game with a number of dangerous crosses and it was his header that led to the opener. He scored a great goal to make it 3 and had a hand in the fourth. Good but despite the stats could have been better.

Mata – 6

A relatively quiet afternoon for the Spaniard, failed to find his man with a number of crosses and attempted through balls.

Mkhitaryan – 9

Absolutely ran the show. Always looking for the ball, always looking to move forward and looked dangerous whenever he ran at the Swansea midfield. Another pair of assists takes his season tally to four already. Man Of The Match.

Rashford – 7

Booed throughout after diving against the Swans last term the young forward looked determined to make an impact. Full of pace and loads of running he caused Swansea plenty of problems as he moved between flanks but his desperation to make something happen sometimes led to poor decision making.

Lukaku – 7

Barely did a tap all game but was on hand to score the second which effectively killed the tie and opened the floodgates.

Subs:

Martial – 8

Coming off the bench with a point to prove, he took his goal brilliantly and was involved in all three 2nd half goals ensuring that the competition for a starting berth on the left flank is red hot.

Fellaini – 6.5

Sat deep next to Matic & helped set a platform for the attacking players. Nothing spectacular, nothing calamitous.

Ander Herrera – n/a

Late Sub.


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