Manchester United Player Ratings vs Wolverhampton Matchday 2

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Manchester United entered Monday’s fixture against Wolverhampton with a chance to end the day atop the Premier League table. 

United took full control of the game early on, keeping the lion’s share of possession and looking undaunted in a volatile environment. After not creating anything early on, Anthony Martial scored an absolute thunderbolt to give them the lead in the 27th minute. 

Wolves equalized proceedings with a beautiful curler from Ruben Neves in the 56th minute, before Paul Pogba wasted an opportunity to retake the lead by missing a penalty he earned. One point dropped, but conceding United lost on both visits last season, maybe one gained?

Manchester United Player Ratings

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (6.0) –

Solskjaer made the correct decision in swapping Pereira for James, who not only added more pace but also aided defensively. He set up the side perfectly to control the game and also protect themselves from Wolves’ dangerous counter-attacks.

Perhaps needs to time his substitutions better as he took things too late when it came to bringing on Greenwood. Needs to elect the leaders in his side and provide fine-tuning to defensive as well as attacking set-ups.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea (6.0) –

DDG was mostly untested. but almost had his heart sink when a 54th minute Jimenez header struck the post and hit him, but went out. However, his luck ran out with Neves’ brilliant strike two minutes later.

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.0) –

AWB’s fine touch continues despite Wolves’ reliance on attacking through his side. Made some promising tackles early on. Put in a beautiful cross for Lingard in the 49th minute that should’ve gone in!

Almost picks him out again with a wonderful through-ball in the 52nd! Booked for a necessary hand-block late into the game. However, another solid defensive outing in which his attacking movement displayed further encouraging signs.

Harry Maguire (7.0) –

Maguire’s made great use of that big head of his to clear out danger in the first few minutes. Looks very comfortable moving around the ball from defense to offense and has added a protective layer with his impressive positional sense and clearing ability.

Victor Lindelof (6.5)-

The Swedish Iceman looks cool as ever in possession. Won a header affirmatively early on to overpower Jota. Lindelof almost embarrassed himself with a botched header in the 25th, but lucky to pass it on to De Gea. Did well to keep Jota neutralized from the game and surged through on goal in the dying moments to no avail.

Luke Shaw (6.0) –

Defensively more stable than last week. Shaw’s cleared danger a number of times and delivered a decent corner in the 10th minute. Made a decent run breaking Wolves’ defensive line for the goal. Won an uncountable number of recovery headers in the first half.

Looks a bit rattled by the pacy Adama Traore. Molineux remains a bogey ground for him.

Midfielders

Paul Pogba (5.5) –

PP looks more comfortable in a deeper role dictating the play. Flung in some exquisite long-balls early on. Conceded a silly free-kick in the 15th. He was relatively quiet dictating pace from deep, but produced a moment of inspiration with a fantastic one-two with Martial and earning a penalty for his side. Took it himself, but ended up scuffing it! What an anticlimax!

Perhaps needs to train on improving his penalty-taking!

Scott McTominay (6.0) –

Bravely won the ball despite being cramped out in the 11th minute. The Scotsman’s done his defensive duties well in regaining possession, but still uninspiring going forward

Jesse Lingard (5.0) –

Lingard is really not finding his mark in this attacking role. Struggling to create chances or put enough pressure on the opposition. A liability so far. Had two glorious chances to score early in the second half, but wasted both! Another frustrating outing.

Forwards

Marcus Rashford (6.0) – 

Displayed some brilliant skill in the 18th to put a peachy cross for Martial. Cleverly found Martial inside the box for the opener. Tried his moments of magic with ambitious shots or bursts of pace, but was relatively ineffective with his final delivery on the day.

Daniel James (5.5) –

Looks packed with energy in his starting debut. Tracked back to stop a Wolves counter-attack in the 4th. Earned a silly booking with an unnecessary dive outside the penalty area in the 24th.

Lucky to not get booked for a mistaken stamp in the 47th. Tried his heroic moment in the 70th by stealing the ball, but failed to deliver. Wore off towards the end.

Anthony Martial (7.0)

Gave away promising chances with too many loose touches early on. Needs improvement in that department. Failed to tap in Rashford’s cross in the 18th. Made up emphatically with a thunderous strike to get the lead in the 27th. That’s what numbers 9’s should do!

AM9 looks extremely confident and more menacing moving towards the goal. Should’ve capitalized on Wolves’ error when through on goal just before the break! His performance should maintain optimism towards his transformation as a complete striker.

Substitutions

Juan Mata (N/A) –

Tried an unnecessary late cross which did no good whatsoever. Failed to complete a through-ball for Martial who was through on goal in added time.

Mason Greenwood (N/A) –

Brought on too late to make an impact, even though he looked impressive in fleeting moments.

Andreas Pereira (N/A)

Barely stitched a few passes together.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Anthony Martial’s still a tad bit frustrating with his showboating or losing possession too many times, but he effectively earned United the point today. Also growing as a clinical goal-scorer once again.

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