Manchester United 2-1 Watford: Player Ratings

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game as the permanent manager of Manchester United ended in a close 2-1 win, with goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial earning their side three valuable Premier League points.

Here’s how the home team fared during the Old Trafford encounter:

DAVID DE GEA: 7
Made a good save against Troy Deeney and Roberto Pereyra each to keep his side in the game. Couldn’t have done much to keep out the close-range goal late in the match.

ASHLEY YOUNG: 5
Started the game poorly, but got better in the second half. A fatigued display.

CHRIS SMALLING: 7
Very dominant in the air. Made some crucial interceptions.

PHIL JONES: 7.5
A great return after nearly two months on the sidelines. Most tackles were perfect. A truly standout performance at the back.

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LUKE SHAW: 8
Stole the ball from Troy Deeney, sparked a counter, and delivered a delicious ball for Rashford to finish. A tireless shift from the youngster.

NEMANJA MATIC: 4
Lots of sideways passing and losing possession.

ANDER HERRERA: 4
Very poor as per his usual standards. His trademark anticipation and tenaciousness wasn’t to be seen.

PAUL POGBA: 4
Got on the ball frequently enough, but failed to make the team tick.

JUAN MATA: 3
His performance today showed precisely why he does not fit into Manchester United‘s pacey and exciting attack.

MARCUS RASHFORD: 7
Kick-started Solskjaer’s permanent reign with a brilliantly taken goal. Should have scored more.

ANTHONY MARTIAL: 6
Went missing quite frequently, but did bag the decisive goal thanks to his impressive awareness.

 

SUBSTITUTES

ANDREAS PEREIRA: 6
An energetic cameo.

JESSE LINGARD: 7
Assisted Martial’s goal.

MARCOS ROJO: 5
Brought some stability at the back.