Manchester United 4-0 West Ham United: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 6 – Had nothing to do aside from catch the occasional wayward cross. A spectator for the most part.

Antonio Valencia 7 – Completely nullified the threat of Marco Arnautovic all afternoon. Drove forward with purposed and looked tidy on the ball. A captain’s performance.

Eric Bailly 7 – Reduced the potentially dangerous Javier Hernandez to a state of complete non-existence. Totally in control throughout.

Phil Jones 6.5 – A gutsy, confident display from the Englishman. Could have been more positive with his passing at times.

Daley Blind 6.5 – Didn’t enjoy the best pre-season by any stretch but displayed his usual composure on the ball throughout, ensuring that the home side maintained a good shape on the left hand side. Delivery lacked quality at times.

Nemanja Matic 9 – An imperious display from start to finish. Didn’t let anything past him and, crucially, shaped his side’s movements going forward. Crucial in setting up Manchester United’s opener.

Paul Pogba 8 – With the indomitable Matic taking ownership of midfield, the Frenchman had an unmistakable kid-in-a-candy-shop air about him. Old Trafford was his playground as he dazzled with his verve and innovation on the ball, found a brilliant goal from far in the closing minutes of the game.

Juan Mata 7 – Kept West Ham’s back four guessing all afternoon with a series of intelligent runs in behind. Silky and purposeful on the ball.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 8 – A performance at No.10 that United fans will hope to be the norm this season: effervescent, bubbling with confidence and always in space. Brilliant with the ball at his feet and found a well-deserved assist for Martial in the closing minutes of the game.

Marcus Rashford 7.5 – Took 20 or so minutes to find his first touch but once he entered that special groove of his there was little anybody could do to stop him. Did brilliantly with his assist for Lukaku and battered Pablo Zabaleta in the second half.

Romelu Lukaku 9 – A dream debut. The Belgian had the eyes of the watching world on him and he didn’t disappoint, complimenting a bullish, energetic display with two wonderfully taken, old-school goals.


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Anthony Martial 8 – Came on with an incredible cameo, finding a well-composed goal for himself in the opening goal of the season.

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