Manchester United stuttered on their visit to Newcastle after losing 1-0 in Gameweek 27 of the Premier League on Sunday. A goal from Matt Ritchie in the 2nd half handed the hosts a well earned victory.
Here’s how Jose Mourinho’s men fared during the crunch encounter against Rafa Benitez’s side at St James’ Park:
David de Gea: 6
The Spaniard made a superb save to deny Jonjo Shelvey’s effort in the first half. Couldn’t do much for Ritchie’s second half goal.
Antonio Valencia: 4
Handled his defensive responsibilities well, but did not offer much going forward. Made a rash challenge in the 2nd half to get booked.
Chris Smalling: 3
Made a poor tackle on Dwight Gayle just inside the box, but was saved from giving away a penalty after referee decided otherwise. Was culpable for Newcastle’s goal by giving away a cheap free-kick.
Phil Jones: 6
Reacted well after the horror show against Spurs and made some key blocks.
Ashley Young: 5
Misplaced passes at times but put some tempting crosses in the Magpies box.
Nemanja Matic: 6
Looked composed as the game went on and fed a delicious ball to Martial, who was goal-bound.
Paul Pogba: 4
Another poor performance from the Frenchman. Did not get enough in the Newcastle box, besides losing the ball at times. Was substituted in the 2nd half.
Anthony Martial: 4
Had a glorious chance to get his side the lead but failed to go past the keeper. Missed another chance from an open header. Had two goal-bound shots blocked in the 2nd half.
Jesse Lingard: 5
Had one off-target shot saved and remained mostly quiet during the game.
One of the better United players on the pitch, and looked to try various things in creating openings.
Workaholic, and created a brilliant through-ball pass for Sanchez, but on the return fluffed his shot. He also played in Sanchez to create a crucial chance.
Juan Mata: 5
Gave United a better look through the right after coming on.
Michael Carrick: 6
Made a superb pass to find Martial upfront, was composed on the ball.
Scott McTominay: 5
Did not have much of an impact since coming on.