Manchester United’s Premier League season has come to a close. A campaign which started with frights went on quite well, all things considered.
The season was a personnel chess game for Erik ten Hag but more often than not, the issues were solved by tinkering with the roster on offer. The result was a lot of players being deployed far too often, almost to the point of exhaustion, but you cannot deny that the following stars contributed to the season’s output.
As such, in the end, it was the players who put in the hard work, and here is how 15 of them boasting the most minutes fared.
David De Gea – 7.5
The goalkeeper did have his moments but for the most part he did his job as picturesquely as ever. His 17 clean sheets and the Premier League Golden Glove speaks for itself. A final hurrah?
Bruno Fernandes – 8.5
While his critics will argue that his debut season numbers are far behind, this campaign was masterful from the Portuguese midfielder who put in the hours, work-rate, and leadership to boot. The future captain of the side had a creative 8 assists and 8 goals to his name.
Marcus Rashford – 9.0
The second half of the season was the stuff of dreams from the English forward who has hopefully scripted what will be regularly expected from him here on. 17 goals and 5 assists see him do most of the heavy lifting for the side.
Luke Shaw – 7.0
A strong and resurgent season from the fullback who will be expected to replicate his prowess more often, particularly when Champions League football is on offer.
Lisandro Martinez – 8.5
The Butcher was arguably the most impactful defensive cog for the whole team. A World Cup winner and a no-holds-barred tackler: an instant hit at Old Trafford.
Diogo Dalot – 7.0
Established himself as one of Ten Hag’s favourites and shown to be a threat for goals. More attacking intensity could see him become one of the best full-backs in the business.
Casemiro – 8.5
The only reason Casemiro is not higher up is due to the slew of suspensions he bagged on three occasions this campaign, two of them due to red cards. With 4 assists and a productive 3 goals, not to mention an insane record with tackles and interceptions, he has proven to be the most defining signing of the Ten Hag era so far.
Christian Eriksen – 8.0
Despite his injury concerns, the Dane has been a creative boon to the outfit, best evidenced by his 8 assists. More of the same, please.
Raphael Varane – 8.0
Another talent whose numbers have been cut short due to injury but who has proven to be the defensive bedrock upon whom Ten Hag has constructed his backline. His experience will be pivotal for Champions League matchdays next season.
Antony – 7.0
While his critics will be pointing repeatedly to his price tag, the Brazilian has fared pretty decently. 4 goals and 2 assists do not paint the best picture, however, and he will have to pump up those numbers significantly higher next campaign.
Jadon Sancho – 7.5
Another player with whom critics will have a field day but considering his personal issues, it is a miracle that he has put up these many minutes. Next season may not be as kind, though.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7.5
From being called to be sold to stamping his authority well, the tackle-lover looks here to stay for now. Should start scoring goals.
Tyrell Malacia – 7.0
Proved to be a reliable backup and was shockingly industrious against big opponents.
Victor Lindelof – 7.5
Made the key difference, especially during Varane’s injury and showed why he can still edge out the first-choice centre-backs.
Fred – 7.5
This was a goal-happy season for the Brazilian whose regular pivot was ousted in favour of newer talents. Will have to stamp his place.
All of these players have had a long and gruelling campaign and will now hope to end it on another domestic high when they match up with Manchester City for the FA Cup next weekend.