Manchester United went back-to-back at Brighton after their Premier League victory over the weekend, winning 3-0 today in the EFL Cup. After a slow and discouraging start, the boys in red were able to come to life and finish strong coming away with a quality victory. Let’s take a dive into the squads performance in today’s matchup.
Dean Henderson: 8/10
You need to be encouraged by Dean’s start to the season. He impressed in his debut and the strong performance carried over to today. Making several big saves and even chasing down balls to prevent corners was lovely to watch. Is De Gea watching?
Brandon Williams: 6/10
Williams may very well be stilling working his way back into match fitness but we got a lot of what we come to expect from Brandon today. A lot of energy, running all over the pitch, but sometimes out of control. Still just a kid, all these minutes are learning lessons for the lad.
Eric Bailly: 7/10
Eric Bailly is the second best centre-back in the squad. We assumed this, but today playing next to Lindelof just showed that the two are on different levels mentally. Bailly played confidently, attacked balls in the air, and was decisive when coming up to make tackles. Seeing a Maguire and Bailly pairing over the weekend should be expected.
Victor Lindelof: 4/10
New game, same Lindelof. Looks like he is unsure of his marking, unsure of his decision making, and as a result he leaves gaps all over the pitch. A bad give away nearly 3 minutes into the match showed me all I needed to see from him. He is CB3 and nothing more.
Diogo Dalot: 3/10
The enigma that is Dalot really came to light today. We have questioned why Ole doesn’t rate him and today I think we got a glimpse why. He offered nothing going forward and was repeatedly out of position/getting beat off the ball on defense. Still a young talent, a loan may be best for him.
Kind of the same story with Fred as well. He gets in good position, however, he lacks a quality on the ball that you would expect from the 6th highest transfer in United history. I would’ve liked to see him be more of a creator rather than someone who is just out there.
Scott McTominay: 6/10
Up and down day for Scott. He came out and was really offering anything positive or negative to the team. His set piece header was beautiful and seemed to give him a spark. Overall, a good showing for him.
Daniel James: 4/10
James is really a tough player to understand. Came out hot last season, plays well for Whales, but just seems to really have dropped off for us. He offered next to nothing going forward even though he was playing on his preferred left side. Maybe a loan is what is best for James.
Odion Ighalo: 4/10
Another tough appearance for Ighalo. He wasn’t able to hold up play like you would expect from him. He had a solid look at goal in the first half that found the side netting. Performances like this only fuel the striker loan rumors.
Donny Van de Beek: 7/10
Our new toy had a solid outing today. He didn’t create the chances we have already kind of been expecting from him but he was box to box and playing with heart. Chemistry only comes with minutes and things are looking bright for our new #34.
Marcus Rashford: 7/10
Aggressive once he came on. Loved to see him kind of piggy back off of his showing over the weekend. An in form Rashford is a problem for any opponent.
Paul Pogba: 8/10
Really nice game from Pogba today. When he is a focal point of the offense, making runs in the box and getting involved in build-up play you can feel his desire. A beautiful free kick goal (with a little help off the defender) was the cherry on top of a beautiful performance.
Jesse Lingard: 5/10
Only on for the final 10 minutes plus added time. Did not have much time to really show anything of substance today. Made some good runs, can not really complain.
Man Of The Match
Juan Mata. Thats the story. Clearly the most creative and best player on the pitch today. Several chances created and capped off with a goal himself from open play, Mata really was turning back time. If he can preform like this week in and week out, he can be a valuable veteran that OGS has at his disposal. Bravo Juan! 9/10
Bonus Manager Rating: 7/10
Ole had a good day at the office. Nice to see the full squad rotation again coupled with dominate possession. Needs to find a way to unlock sides quicker and get some more attempts on goal but that is also on the squad. Bringing on Rashford and Pogba was smart to keep working some of the big dogs into fitness and getting Jesse some minutes allowed him to stay happy and potentially show him off to suitors. Overall, can’t really complain with the manager after a 3-0 victory with the “B-Squad.”
Next Match: Sunday October 4th vs Spurs (Premier League)