Most defenders above 6 but which striker get a 5

Karius: 6

The Liverpool goalkeeper surprisingly had not much to do in the game, save for a  Rashford’s cross which he batted away. His nervy feet nearly put him into trouble though.

Clyne: 6

Ashley Young and Blind limited him largely to defending. He was able to accomplish that task though but he could help Mane with attack on another day

Matip: 7

The Cameroon defender matched Ibrahimovic toe-to-toe and even on the air. Also very classy when he takes the ball out of defence

Lovren: 7

Lovren was able to combine with partner well to deal with the threat of Manchester United’s attack. The defensive display with his partner yield them a first clean sheet of the season

Milner: 7

Mr reliable continue with the impressive performance he has shown as a makeshift Left back. A great battle against Valencia and youngster Rashford. How about Milner as a goalkeeper someday.

Can: 7

Rusty at the start of the match but he showed his class as the game wore on. Had a shot on target which De  Gea had to go low to save.

Henderson: 6

After some impressive performances, the captain was expected to show his class in this game but he fell short. A couple of good delivery but he could have step up his game in this match.

Coutinho: 7

With so much men at the back for united, the Brazilian couldn’t do much in front of the box. He still managed a stinging shot which De Gea athletically saved.

Mane: 6

Made some great but largely ineffective run. Was great going back to support Clyne but United got him covered

Firmino: 6

In a game of few chances, Roberto could have been a hero if he had taken the chances that fell to him. He was kept quiet by the united defence

Sturridge: 5

After such an anonymous display, questions will be raised about the former Chelsea man. He only had one touch in the box to show for around an hour he spent on the field


Lallana(on for Sturridge 59mins): 6

It took Lallana only five minutes to make more touch in the box than Sturridge. He showed how important he is to the team with the  minutes he spent on the field.

Origi(on for Firmino 86mins): N/A

Came in too late to make an impact.

Moreno(on for Milner 86mins): N/A
Came in too late to make an impact



De Gea: 7

Two great save to deny Can and Coutinho to keep the game at 0-0. Would have been a different scoreline but for him.

Valencia: 7

Thwarted the Liverpool attacking threat. His excellent tackle stopped Firmino from shooting.

Bailly: 7

Got booked in the first half but used his strength and power to keep the opponents at bay.

Smalling: 8

The Captain showed why he had the armband by leading and coordinating the defence well.

Blind: 7

Coped with Mane well. Couldn’t do much going forward but his defensive duties was discharged solidly.

Herrera: 8

Worked his socks off stopping the Liverpool midfield from feeding the attack. 100% interception in the second half.

Fellaini: 7

Complemented Herrera well by carrying out his own part of the defensive duties.

Pogba: 6

Sent in a  good cross to Ibrahimovic but that is all he had to show in this match. The most expensive player couldn’t take the ball forward.

Rashford: 6

Threatened the Liverpool left flank with his pace but he couldn’t create much Chance for the team.

Young: 7

A surprise inclusion but his work between attack and defence showed why Mourinho started him. Combined well with Blind to keep Mane quiet.

Ibrahimovic: 6

Lost the battle against Matip and Lovren. Frustration earned him a booking in a largely ineffective performance.


Rooney(on for Rashford 77mins): 5

Didn’t do much in the match

Shaw(on for Young 90mins): N/A

Came in too late to make an impact

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