Manchester United 4-1 Burton Albion: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

Sergio Romero 6.5 – Only had to make one stop from a one-on-one chance and padded it away with ease.

Matteo Darmian 6.5 – Looked tidy and assured on the right hand side for the most part but found himself occasionally stretched by Lloyd Dyer.

Victor Lindelof 6 – The Swede looked comfortable on the ball but, perhaps more importantly, failed to instil confidence into supporters. Poor positioning once again allowed Burton to find space in behind early on.

Chris Smalling 6.5 – A physically imposing display from the start from the Englishman. Could have been smarter with his positioning and ball retention.

Daley Blind 7 – An all-round tidy, easy on the eye performance. Handed the ball superbly and never looked stretched on the left hand side.

Michael Carrick 7 – There is something uniquely graceful to the way Carrick goes about his game. The 35-year-old caressed, glided and strolled through his first start of the season, providing a simply sublime pass in the lead-up to Manchester United’s third goal.

Ander Herrera 7 – A bold return to the starting XI for the Spaniard. This was a comparatively slow encounter, with United cruising after just 30 minutes, but Herrera went full throttle from minute one, winning the ball high up the pitch and keeping the visitors under pressure.

Jesse Lingard 7 – Provided a truly sumptuous assist for Marcus Rashford and claimed his first goal of the season – albeit via a massive deflection. Tore across the surface all game, harassing Burton’s back four even when the game was well and truly over.

Juan Mata 7.5 – The Spaniard, handed a rare chance to feature at No.10, was like a kid in a candy shop against the Championship side. He was simply everywhere, turning at will and providing inch-perfect passes to pick apart a hapless Burton back four. Subbed off at half time – perhaps with Saturday in mind, or maybe because Jose Mourinho felt bad for the visitors.

Anthony Martial 8 – An absolute masterclass. His footwork was genuinely extraterrestrial at times and no Burton player could get near him all evening. Deserved to score his fourth goal in seven games and could have claimed more.

Marcus Rashford 7.5 – This was a display that once again magnified the sheer ruthlessness and consistency that hallmarks the teenager’s game. He crushed Burton’s hopes of causing a surprise with two perfectly guided first half strikes and laid on a beautifully weighted assist for Martial.

Substitutes

Luke Shaw 7 – Enjoyed an assured, dominant return to action after four months on the sidelines. Displayed plenty of energy at left wing back and never really looked in trouble defensively as Burton started to wilt in the second period.

Scott McTominay 6.5 – Came on with the game decided and produced an enterprising, hardworking display in the middle.

Joel Pereira N/A

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