Stoke City 1-1 Manchester United: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 6 – Had virtually nothing to do aside from picking the ball out of his own net in the first half.

Antonio Valencia 6 – Endured a rocky start against the left flank combination of Erik Pieters and Marco Arnautovic but quickly asserted himself in characteristically powerful fashion as the game went on. Lacked a notable level of final product.

Chris Smalling 7 – A physically imposing influence at the back all afternoon, successfully combating the aerial threat posed by Peter Crouch.

Phil Jones 6 – Looked comfortable at the back alongside Smalling, making several important interceptions and headers. Struggled to impose himself early on.

Daley Blind 6 – Displayed his usual levels of calmness and poise on the left hand side but couldn’t offer much going forward.

Marouane Fellaini 6 – Provided plenty of physicality and control in midfield but struggled to impose himself going forward. Subbed off early in the second half.

Ander Herrera 7 – A true warrior’s performance: interceptions, crunching tackles, headers, tactical fouls and precise passes all game.

Paul Pogba 6 – Displayed signs of his usual bombastic self after recovering from a nervy opening ten minutes.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7 – A simply effervescent force on the left hand side, constantly finding space in behind Stoke’s midfield and creating innumerable problems going forward.

Juan Mata 5 – Had something of a shocker all afternoon: missed an open goal and deflected a Pieters cross into his own net. Never really managed to make amends before being hooked off for Rooney

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 6 – Held up the ball well and linked up nicely with teammates but didn’t display his usual potency in front of goal.


Marcus Rashford 7 – Immediately added urgency and power going forward after coming on. Never stopped running at Stoke’s back four.

Wayne Rooney  7 – Beat the goal-scoring record in style as he helped Mourinho claim one point from the clash with a fabulous free-kick in the closing minutes of the game.

Jesse Lingard N/A

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