Liverpool – Manchester United: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 7.5 – Pulled off a save in the first half from Joel Matip that shed light on exactly why he is often regarded as the best keeper in the world. Never looked troubled.

Antonio Valencia 7 – Made a series of enterprising bursts in the first half alongside largely minimising Philipe Coutinho’s influence. Could have gone forward more in the second half.

Chris Smalling 7.5 – A militantly organised performance: dominant in the air, positionally astute, and largely kept Roberto Firmino out of the game.

Phil Jones 6.5 – Enjoyed a commanding first half but almost cost his side with a couple of sloppy passes in the second half.

Matteo Darmian 5 – Never really looked settled up against the lively Mohamed Salah. Didn’t contribute at all going forward.

Nemanja Matic 6.5 – The Serbian clearly benefits from having a more natural attacking talent alongside him. Looked commanding on the ball and made vital interceptions but often struggled to move the ball through the lines.

Ander Herrera 7 – A performance not too dissimilar from last season: ruthlessly tenacious in the middle, harassing Coutinho and Emre Can from the start.

Ashley Young 6.5 – The Englishman found himself deployed in a more advanced role and, just like last year’s visit, produced a reliable, hardworking display. Could have tested Alberto Moreno more.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 5.5 – Produced a few smart touches in the first half but struggled for much time on the ball, or indeed players around him. Anonymous in the second half.

Anthony Martial 6 – Won a few free kicks in dangerous areas with some smart footwork and almost laid on a superb assist for Lukaku, but could never continually assert himself on proceedings.

Romelu Lukaku 5 – Not the Belgian’s day. Lacked support alongside him but likewise failed to serve as a reliable outboard from which to move up the pitch. Spurned a great chance in the first half.

Substitutes

Jesse Lingard

Marcus Rashford

Victor Lindelof

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