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Manchester United 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

Sergio Romero 7 – Another clean sheet for the Argentine. Made a superb save from Jurgen Locadia early in the first half and gathered the ball with confidence.

Antonio Valencia 6 – Defended resolutely on the right hand side, stepping inside when needed to track Solly March, but his delivery in the final third once again fell short.

Chris Smalling 7 – A mature, combative display from the Englishman. Made a series of important blocks and challenges in the second half.

Eric Bailly 6 – Caused some jitters during the early stages with some stray passes but recovered well to provide a potent physical presence in the box.

Luke Shaw 6 – Saw the visitors break down his side on a couple of occasions but went forward with genuine ambition, always looking to link up with Anthony Martial. Did not deserve to come off at half time.

Nemanja Matic 7 – Produced a strong response from being overrun on Tuesday, containing the roaming threat of Pascal Groß and bringing the ball forward. Supplied an excellent cross for Romelu Lukaku in the first half and put the game to bed with an excellent header after 84 minutes.

Scott McTominay 6.5 – Another dedicated, disciplined display in the middle. Added a sense of vigour that was desperately missing against Sevilla.

Juan Mata 7 – Produced a subtly vital display for the hosts, maintaining pressure in the first half through his deft manipulation of the ball. His substitution was understandably met with a grumble from the Old Trafford crowd.

Jesse Lingard 6 – Begun the game with promise and drove into some good attacking areas, only to fade as the evening went on.

Anthony Martial 7 – Without doubt the sharpest player on the pitch, twisting and turning with an air of purpose  on the left hand side. A composed attacking influence when United needed one.

Romelu Lukaku 6.5 – Claimed his 25th goal of the season with a perfectly placed, towering header in the first half but struggled to maintain pressure on Brighton’s centre backs after the break as United ceded the initiative.

Substitutes

Ashley Young 6 – Lacked the same thrust offered by Luke Shaw but did, crucially, supply a piece of quality with a perfect cross for Matic to kill the game.

Marcus Rashford

Marouane Fellaini

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