Middlesbrough 1-3 Manchester United: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 6- Couldn’t do much about Gestede’s close range strike. Didn’t have a lot to do aside from dealing with the occasional aerial assault.

Antonio Valencia 8 – Another powerful, constantly threatening display at right back from the Ecuadorian. Bombed forward whenever he got the chance and dealt with the overlapping threat of Fabio. He also found a much-deserved closing goal of the game after chasing the ball down and putting enough pressure on Victor Valdes.

Eric Bailly 7 – Worked incredibly well as a right hand sided centre back alongside Valencia. Pushed out wide and provided balance – along with his normal barbarism – when Valencia went high up the pitch.

Phil Jones 6 – Occasionally reckless in the tackle, picking up a needless yellow in the first half, but managed to remain compact in the second half.

Chris Smalling 6  – Largely composed on the ball and kept Alvaro Negredo out of the game until needlessly giving away a goal after 78 minutes.

Ashley Young 7 – Complimented another indefatigable display on the left hand side with a truly sublime cross to set up Fellaini’s goal.

Michael Carrick 7 – Resumed his status as Man United’s midfield general after three games out. Provided control and balance all afternoon.

Marouane Fellaini 6 – Did brilliantly to nod home United’s opener, displaying strong movement to power home at the back post. Could have been tidier in tight spaces.

Jesse Lingard 8 – Clearly benefitted from Mourinho’s commitment to playing three at the back, finding spaces in between the lines all afternoon. Scored another sensational goal before hobbling off with ten minutes remaining.

Juan Mata 6 – Enjoyed plenty of time on the ball during the opening stages but faded in influence as the game became more stretched in the second half.

Marcus Rashford 7 – Terrorised Middlesbrough’s back four – Bernado especially – at No.9 all game, but could have been better with his final product.


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