David de Gea 7 – Produced a truly spectacular instinctive save to deny Jese Rodriguez in the first half but couldn’t do much with either of Stoke’s goals. Distributed the ball smartly.
Antonio Valencia 7 – Provided much better delivery into the box this time around. Battled relentlessly on the right hand side against Jean-Eric Choupo-Moting but could have been more positionally astute at times.
Eric Bailly 6 – Failed to push up in time before ending up on the wrong side of Choupo-Moting for Stoke’s first goal and didn’t look his usual composed self.
Phil Jones 6 – A shaky display at times. Moved the ball well but appeared to lack strength at times – especially for Choupo-Moting’s second goal.
Matteo Darmian 6 – Mark Hughes targeted the Italian, making his first Premier League season, and it worked. Mame Biram-Diouf was able to exploit space he left in behind on several occasions.
Nemanja Matic 7 – Produced an important flick-on for Marcus Rashford‘s goal in the first half and served as a reliable battering ram in the middle, stopping Stoke from breaking the lines on several occasions. Could have been more decisive on the ball at times.
Ander Herrera 6 – The Spaniard cut a frustrated figure for large parts of the game. Battled hard in the middle, covering plenty of ground, but couldn’t exercise his usual control.
Paul Pogba 7 – An instrumental figure once again. Darren Fletcher and Joe Allen provided a stern test for the Frenchman but he largely dominated the midfield battle, if only to be occasionally let down by getting caught in two minds on the ball.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 6.5 – As some may have predicted, the Armenian struggled to have much influence on the right hand side, and it was telling that he provided another since once he drifted into the middle.
Marcus Rashford 7.5 – Manchester United’s standout performer: inadvertently scored his second goal in as many games and, more importantly, ran into the heart of Stoke’s back four all game. Forced Jack Butland into a few good saves early on.
Romelu Lukaku 7 – Impressed with his hold up play and determination to exploit the space in behind Stoke’s back three. Timed his run perfectly to net Man United’s second goal but wasted a superb chance after 81 minutes.