Manchester United Player Ratings vs Leicester City (Matchday 5)

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Manchester United (-125) hosts Leicester City (+350) in a crucial Premier League fixture at Old Trafford. The Red Devils started the game brightly and after an early scare, took the lead through Marcus Rashford’s penalty in the 8th minute. It was a very tight first-half, with Leicester also having some promising shots on goal. 

The Foxes dominated the second-half looking for the equalizer, but United defended well as a unit to see through an important win to start off September on a high. Here are the Player Ratings for the day.

Manchester United Player Ratings

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (6.5) –

Despite having very little options with all the injuries, Ole did well to shape his side to survive the onslaught throughout the game. Seems to have his back-line well set-up and must be boosted by De Gea’s heroics.

However, needs improvement in attacking transitions as well as integrating some of his own striker’s instincts into Rashford. Good substitutions to kill the game as well.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea (7.0) –

DDG pulls off a fantastic save off his leg Maddison early on to bail out his defenders. Pulls off another stunner to tip off Chilwell’s powerhouse before the half-hour mark. A vintage performance from United’s number 1, who seems here to stay after allegedly signing a new contract recently. 

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (6.5) –

Despite being presumably not 100%, but AWB still maintains the defensive vigour. Made one crucial clearance early on. Had Old Trafford purring by not stopping Chilwell in his tracks after the hour mark.

AWB got his defensive moves tuned late on, making numberous interceptions and challenges to keep his side safe. Sill needs to get final delivery right going forward. 

Harry Maguire (7.0) –  

Perhaps the nerves are getting early to the former Leicester man, as he uncharestically botches a clear headed clearance to compromise De Gea. However, grew a thick skin after that. Making thumping clearances, forward passes while also keeping Vardy quiet so far.  Outpaced by him in the 49th, but lucky to see it resulting in nothing. 

Showcases mad composure to stop a dangerous counter-attack afterwards. Almost scores a dream goal in the 56th, but sees his header saved. Pulls off another crucial interception in the 63rd.  A commanding performance to prove why United were so desperate for him. 

Victor Lindelof (7.0)-

Looks shaky early on, letting Maddison beat him to an early shot on goal. Did improve his concentration going forward, mirroring Maguire to keep Vardy at bay. 

The Iceman showed nerves of steel as the going got harder, making last-ditch tackles as well as clearances to keep his side’s clean-sheet in tact. Developing a solid partnership with Maguire as well.

Ashley Young (6.5) –  

Young’s been pretty good with some passes forward from the back. Grown to be frustrated with some looped balls forward, but doing decent defensive work to make up. Experienced showcase to get the job done. 

Midfielders

Nemanja Matic(5.5) –

In his first start this season, Matic is almost like an invisible passenger so far. Barely making tackles nor showing any urgency. He’s too slow to work in OGS’ side. Rightfully substituted in the 68th after a poor showing. 

Scott McTominay (7.0) –

Looks more authoritative with his approach. McTominay’s made some clever penetrative passes and regained possession multiple times to frustrate Leicester. Confident with clearing set-pieces as well. Got Maddison booked int he 72th with a clever touch.  A strong, matured performance from the youngster to prove why he’s here to stay in the starting XI. 

Andreas Pereira (6.5) –

The Brazilian proves his set-piece prowess with a thunderous early free-kick rocking Schmeichel. Much smarter with his movement and link-up play today. Seems to be enjoying a feisty battle with Chilwell. Had the perfect chance to round up a curler in the 72nd but his poor touch cost him. Did have a shot on target later on, but was too weak to beat Schmeichel. A definite improvement after being invisible at Southampton. 

Forwards

Marcus Rashford (7.0) –

Rashford puts his penalty nightmare to bed. Phew! Composed penalty which he won cleverly with a nice dash fooling Soyuncu. Looks to be enjoying himself, darting past defenders and rattling Soyuncu.  Kept quiet after that but woke up in the 83rd when his pitch-perfect free-kick unluckily struck the post.

Still must improve his aerial ability as well as getting in promising areas inside the box.

Daniel James (6.0) – 

James continues his bright spark, winning an early free-kick with an electric cut-in. His burst of acceleration is thrilling, but no final product so far.  Lit up in the 50th, swooping past his man and taking a shot which thundered just over. Got booked late on for a clumsy challenge. Subbed after running his socks off. 

Juan Mata (5.5)

Mata just doesn’t seem to have his link-up style on today. Not connecting as well with Rashford nor James as he normally does. Made a clever run inside the box in the 51st, before forcing a strong save off Schmeichel.  However, he was outmuscled and outwitted apart from that, forcing OGS to sub him off. 

Substitutions

Fred (6.5)- 

The Brazilian made his first appearance of the season and seemed energized by winning the ball off Pereira before creating a decent chance which was skied in the 72nd. 

Tahith Chong(6.5)- 

The youngster was sharp with his movement, buzzing past Pereira on multiple occasions. Must start in the mid-week Europa League match.

Axel Tuanzebe(N/A) –

Did well to help keep the clean-sheet and get the win.

MAN OF THE MATCH

So I’m a bit tied up with this one as McTominay, Maguire and Lindelof were all solid, but I’ll give it to the Maguire for keeping his former side quiet in such a big, personal game for him.

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