Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 6 – Made a good stop to deny Roberto Firmino but couldn’t stop James Milner’s penalty.

Antonio Valencia 6 – Offered plenty of attacking impetus going forward on the right hand side but struggled to deliver his usual final product.

Phil Jones 5 – Looked uncomfortable against the likes of Divock Origi and Firmino on several occasions. Gave away a needless corner that led to Liverpool’s opener.

Marcos Rojo 6 – Made a flustered, uncertain start but did manage to grow into the game.

Matteo Darmian 6 – Generally solid on the left hand side but didn’t offer anything going forward.

Michael Carrick 6 – Occasionally struggled to deal with Liverpool’s intense pressing but still managed to work the ball into a few dangerous areas. Subbed off for Rooney at half-time.

Ander Herrera 6 – A tenacious influence in the middle of the park. Enjoyed a furious midfield battle with the likes of Emre Can and Jordan Henderson. Couldn’t provide his usual attacking impetus.

Paul Pogba 4 – An afternoon to forget for the Frenchman: all at sea during set-pieces, unsettled on the ball and essentially non-existent going forward.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 6 – Produced some enterprising pieces of play but ultimately struggled to deal with the furiously physical nature of the game.

Anthony Martial 7 – Easily Man United’s most potent asset going forward. Gave debutant Trevor Alexander-Arnold plenty of problems on the left hand side.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 7 – Characteristically competent whenever holding up the ball and scored the all-important equaliser.


Wayne Rooney 6 – Brought United further up the pitch in the first half with a few nice touches at No.10. Failed to produce much in the form of final product.

Juan Mata N/A

Marouane Fellaini N/A

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