How low can you go? This was a night when the anti-Glazer movement stepped up a gear but it failed to drown out a miserable night against United’s east Lancashire neighbours. Burnley have held something of an Old Trafford hoodoo for the Reds but fully deserved their victory – their first here for 57 (FIFTY SEVEN) years.
Here are our player ratings:
David de Gea – 6
A spectator for both of the Burnley goals, he maybe could have done better with the first but had no chance with Jay Rodriguez’s stunning strike. Blameless. Must be as embarrassed as the rest of us by the shower residing in front of him. It’s like to put out a forest fire with a water pistol.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6
The first half was probably his best attacking 45 minutes in the red of United so far. Don’t think he did too much wrong but faded badly and is clearly tired. Needs a rest but, as usual, there’s no one else to come in for him. To be fair to him, he kept plugging away and stuck to his guns.
Harry Maguire – 4
His worst performance in a United shirt so far. Completely flummoxed by the opening goal that was such a typical Burnley strike. Beaten all ends up by Chris Wood and too slow to close down Rodriguez for the second. Not ready for the captaincy and bogged down by his mammoth price tag.
Phil Jones – 5
Came in for the ill Victor Lindelof and the better of the two centre-backs but that’s not saying much. Gave the free-kick away for the opener and looked uncomfortable with every Burnley attack. It’s 2020 and this guy still plays for us. Say no more.
Brandon Williams – 6
Hit one glorious outside-of-the-foot ball to Dan James in the first half and, like our other full-back, didn’t really do much wrong. Looked some way short of his best and got taken off with 20 minutes to go.
Fred – 5
So good at Anfield but his inconsistency highlighted in a nutshell here. Completely anonymous, he definitely did try but his tendency to shoot wildly from range showed a lack of intelligence.
Nemanja Matic – 4
Slow, cumbersome and dreadful. At fault for the first goal and did nothing. Only in the team because there’s no one else.
Andreas Pereira – 1
Jeez. He is absolutely atrocious. Are we sure he’s Brazilian? Why do we always get the shite ones? One of the worst players I’ve seen in a United shirt. If he hadn’t got taken off at half time I wouldn’t have known he was even playing. Terrible. Why was even there. It’s like playing with ten men.
Juan Mata – 5
Tried but had a claret wall around him every time he tried to make something happen. Been good recently and his selection was the right one. Didn’t have an affect and faded to the fringes as time went on.
Daniel James – 3
Like so many of his team-mates, he’s played too much football and needs a rest. He’s shattered, and that lightning start to life at United is but a distant memory. Ran up blind alleys, too often made the wrong pass and offered little. Looking like the Championship player of last season.
Anthony Martial – 3
Not an out-and-out number nine, he’s nowhere near what United need. He’s lazy, has no first touch and too often makes the wrong decision. Granted its hard playing up front for a team with no midfield but should be doing more. The decision not to replace Lukaku looks more fatal by the week.
Mason Greenwood – for Pereira HT – 6
This kid is a threat. Had a couple of good chances and never stopped running. Should have started. The fact he’s being given such a regular opportunity is a damning indictment of this squad’s quality.
Jesse Lingard – for James 69′ – 3
The Invisible Man was exactly that.
Luke Shaw – for Williams 69′ – 5
At least made some surging runs and tried to get forward. Had a late goal harshly disallowed.