Manchester United Player Ratings vs West Ham (Premier League Matchday 6)

Posted By Uttiyo Sarkar on September 22, 2019 - Last Updated on February 21, 2020

Manchester United travel to West Ham today for a critical Premier League match. Man U are short-handed, but a win vaults them back to third in the table.The game started in rather cagey fashion, with both  lacking that explosiveness to penetrate each other’s defence.

United had some half goal-scoring before the hour-mark, with Marcus Rashford scuffing a crucial opportunity. West Ham tugged their defence and finally found the lead through Andriy Yarmolenko’s wonderful finish a minute before the half-time break.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side tried their best to plough through in the second period and went close through Juan Mata and Harry Maguire, but Aaron Cresswell’s stunning free-kick dealt the death blow. Now United are lying in 8th with the potential to go down below. Here’s the player ratings for the game. 

Manchester United Player Ratings

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (4.5) –

Solskjaer’s paying the price for relying on decaying old-timers like Mata and Young to win this tricky fixture and selling Lukaku and Sanchez without necessary replacements. He’s not doing this crumbling side any good by sighting a disjointed look in his face.

Unfortunate to be lacking options in key positions, but he still can’t implement that killer instinct to win such games. Substitutions made zero impact again. Two wins in last eleven games means questions justificably risen on his ability.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea (6.0) –

DDG makes an easy save off Yarmolenko in the 19th. Solid grab in the 36th to keep Noble’s volley out. Pulls off another brilliant save with his legs to keep his side in the game. Could do nothing for the second goal. Unfortunate to be on the losing side. 

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (6.0) –

The youngster still lacks the decision-making in the final third. Makes a classic “spidertackle” to stop Cresswell in the 16th. Makes a virtually goal-saving challenge to stop a counter-attack in the 34th. AWB retained his compelling defensive contribution, but his poor delivery in the attack is becoming a thorn in his game. 

Harry Maguire (6.0) –

Maguire tried being too clever while playing out from back and conceded a poor corner. Grew comfortable with game and emphatic shove to Haller at the half-hour mark helped assert dominance. Could’ve done better to block Yarmelenko’s shot leading to the opener. 

Almost earned his side the equalizer in the 68th but his shot forced a strong save off Fabianski. Not at usual dominant self, but not poor either. 

Victor Lindelof (6.5)-

The Iceman looks confident early on with clearances after signing new contract this week. He’s made some important clearances to avert early disaster. Lindelof barely put a foot wrong and keep Haller quiet alongside Maguire, but unlucky to be on the losing side. 

Ashley Young (4.5) –

Young looks shaky as ever and hasn’t been helped with his clueless crosses or long-balls forward. Made some impressive last-ditch challenges to parry trouble, but fell asleep to allow Yarmolenko to squeeze past him to score.

Clowned himself with a horrid botched clearance to nearly cost United a goal after the hour mark. Ended up getting booked late on for a clumsy challenge on Noble which led to the second goal, summing up his torrid evening. 

Midfielders

Nemanja Matic(6.5) –

Starts the game shakily by being cheaply dispossessed to allow a West Ham counter-attack. H makes up for the error with few decent interceptions and forward passes. The Serb’s ambitious long-shot was collected comfortably by Fabianski in the 15th.

Matic’s grown into the game impressively, making strong recoveries and looking confident in possession. Covered for his backline pretty well but substituted for a more-attack minded Fred. 

Scott McTominay (5.5) –

Last week’s man-of-the-match looks packed with energy to sniff out trouble. Clubbed into the box and had one shot on target in the 57th. Tried his best, but unable to make a difference.

Andreas Pereira (6.0) –

Pereira looks sharp with his movement through the right side. Earns Ogbonna a yellow-card by drawing out a foul after winning possession deep in his box. The Brazilian’s trying his best to thread through a sweet defence-breaking pass to Rashford, but only frustrating with sloppiness. 

Did well to thread in an inviting cross for Mata to scuff in the 48th. Little impact afterwards. 

Forwards

Marcus Rashford (5.5) –

Rashford cleared out a dangerous set-piece with a strong header. He can head the ball?! Steered ahead at West Ham’s goal in the 20th, but poor decision-making allowed Rice to rob him off the ball.  Looks to have finally lightened up with sparky movement early in 2nd half. 

Perhaps overworked himself into stretching a hamstring and being taken off. A sad end to a disappointing night.

Daniel James (5.5) – 

Bit quiet so far returning from a small niggle last week. Plays in a sublime through-ball to get Rashford through on goal in the 20th.  Showcasing his blistering acceleration early in the second period. However, he’s lacking that cutting edge in front of goal.

James had the chance to pull one back with a stunning swift-break in the 87th, but poor finishing off his weaker foot deserted him. All running and no scoring made for a dull performance. 

Juan Mata (4.5)

El Mago’s missing his magic after attempting two threaded passes to James, both which were intercepted easily. Much better with splitting through-pass in the 17th. Too slow to break through West Ham’s backline. 

Booked for an unnecessary challenge on Rice and follows that by horribly missing a sitter from yards out. An appalling showing which proves he’s way past his best. 

Substitutions

Jesse Lingard (4.5) –

Lingard looks to end his woeful run of not having scored a goal in 2019, but looks the same frustrating self after coming on. Gave a decent through-ball to James in the 78th, but his weak rebound attempt was saved easily. 

Fred (5.0) – 

Despite creating one decent chance with a sparkling through-ball to James, Fred looked too unsettled in the middle. Timely error’s didn’t help either.

Angel Gomes (N/A) –

The youngster came on with the game already lost, but showed signs of excitement with some impressive forward passes.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Honestly, after such a horrible showing, nobody in United deserves it and Yarmolenko is the deserving MOTM. Lindelof stood out for OGS’ side though.

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