Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Watford

Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Watford

David de Gea 7 – The world-class goalkeeper didn’t have too many saves to make but the ones he made came at crucial times for Manchester United.

Ashley Young 5 – Most of Watford’s attacks came down the Englishman’s side and it’s clear they saw him as the weakness in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence.

Phil Jones 7 – The standout performer of United’s back four despite just returning from injury. Dealt with everything thrown his way with ease.

Chris Smalling 7 – Grew into the game and rose to the occasion alongside his centre-back pairing. His aerial presence was useful against a physical Watford side.

Luke Shaw 7 – Provided the assist for Manchester United’s opener with a perfect ball forward for Marcus Rashford. Defensively solid as well.

Nemanja Matic 5 – The Serbian just couldn’t get going and was incredibly wasteful. His lack of pace showed whenever Watford broke in behind United.

Ander Herrera 6 – Not a bad game from the Spaniard considering how he’s trying to get back to full match fitness after struggling with an injury.

Paul Pogba 6 – Not his best game and arguably his worst under Solskjaer. Didn’t stand out on either side of the pitch.

Juan Mata 7 – Struggled out wide but once he was moved into the attacking-midfield position he was brilliant. Linked up play fantastically for United.

Marcus Rashford 8 – The academy product was back to his goalscoring ways with a menacing performance vs the away side. His goal meant his side could finally start to find their feet.

Anthony Martial 7 – Put in plenty of effort but it seemed as though it wasn’t his day until he popped up with the Red Devils second to make matters comfortable.

Substitutes

Jesse Lingard 7 – Came off the bench to great effect, providing the assist for Martial’s goal to secure the win.

Andreas Pereira 6 – Came on determined to make an impact and was involved in Manchester United’s second. Didn’t have enough time to do more.

Marcos Rojo N/A

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