Here are our player ratings for United’s Carabao Cup match against Brighton.
(A score of 6 is around average.)
Diogo Dalot 5 – Big chance to impress either Solskjaer or potential buyers today but looked like he didn’t want to mess his hair up. Better in the second half, but a generally disappointing performance.
Eric Bailly 8 – Commanding performance from Bailly, who surely must be first choice for the Spurs game. If injury problems and rushes of blood to the head can be curbed, Bailly is a world-class centre-back.
Victor Lindelof 7 – Lindelof’s best performance this season.
Brandon Williams 6 – Did OK, but no fireworks from the youngster.
Scott McTominay 7 – Seems harsh to criticise a goalscorer, but did little else otherwise. Scott needs to become more imposing and stamp his mark on games.
Donny van de Beek 8 – It seems that Donny is one of those players who goes about his business quietly but effectively. The flick for Mata’s goal was sublime.
Juan Mata 9 – Man of the match. A goal, an assist and just a masterclass for the younger players on how a football brain and positive attitude can be more important than all the power, speed and strength in the world.
Dan James 3 – It’s quite sad to watch James now and Solskjaer is not doing him any favours by continuing to play him. Needs a loan desperately.
Odion Ighalo 4 – A poor performance from the Nigerian, who is starting to look like the player we saw at Watford rather than the amazing player who arrived from China in January.
Paul Pogba 8 – Pogback! What a fantastic substitute appearance from the Frenchman, capped with a good goal.
Marcus Rashford 7 – Did not have too much influence on the game although looked lively.
Jesse Lingard 5 – Not an impressive few minutes. Could have had a good assist to Rashford but was greedy and squandered the chance.