Manchester United 1-1 Swansea City: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 6.5 – Kept his side in the game during the opening 20 minutes as the visitors made a bright start. Found himself rooted to the spot for Gylfi Siggurdson’s free kick.

Ashley Young 7 – Endured a jittery start to the game but eventually found his groove and provided a number of pin-point balls forward.

Eric Bailly 6 – Struggled to cope with Swansea’s energy during the opening stages, clearly feeling the effects of playing 11 games in a row, and it culminated in the Ivorian hobbling off after 60 minutes. Battled hard throughout but it felt like he was running on empty.

Daley Blind 6 – Occasionally lacked the power to cope with Jordan Ayew and didn’t offer much assurance on the ball in the first half. Recovered well after the break but will need to be far more compact against Celta Vigo.

Luke Shaw N/A – Hobbled off after just nine minutes to be replaced by Antonio Valencia. Looked far from comfortable as he made his way down the tunnel. A really devastating blow to the 21-year-old’s pursuit of a regular first team place under Jose Mourinho.

Michael Carrick 6.5 – Displayed immense guile to dig deep and control his side’s tempo so soon after playing 90 minutes at the Ethiad. Could have perhaps been more positive with his passing to alleviate pressure on the home side’s back four.

Ander Herrera 7 – Found himself swarmed by Swansea’s midfield diamond during the early stages but, as he so often does, stuck at the task at hand and kept working tirelessly until the final minute.

Wayne Rooney 6 – Kept his cool from the spot to claim his second goal in as many Premier League games but failed to provide much fluidity at the axis of Manchester United’s attacking line-up.

Jesse Lingard 6.5 – Displayed plenty of energy and desire to pick out teammates whenever he could but fell short, once again, when it came to providing quality in the final third.

Anthony Martial 7 – Once again dedicated everything to the cause, charging forward whenever he got the chance. Forced Łukasz Fabiański into action on several occasions.

Marcus Rashford 7 – The only Man United player to pose a constant threat going forward. Never stopped running and won a penalty for his side.


Antonio Valencia 6.5 – Came on at a moment’s notice for Luke Shaw after just ten minutes and, in spite of being nowhere near his usual energy levels following recent excursions, applied himself admirably at right back.

Matteo Darmian

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