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Manchester United season ratings: Our player-by-player verdict

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has achieved this season’s objective to guide Manchester United back into the Champions League.

The biggest shame is not having a trophy to show for our progress with our season coming to an end as United became the first English side in the top-flight to lose three semi-finals in one campaign.

We have rated each player out of 10 for the season they’ve just had and whether or not they should leave the club this summer.

Please note that the squad is small as it is, and I’ve only selected a few that should be sold with that mind.

David de Gea – 4

I am no longer convinced De Gea should be United’s No.1. Still capable of eye catching saves but he’s not consistent enough over 38 league games. Has the look of a goalkeeper who needs a move.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6

Good season but next term I’d like to see improvements on the ball and crossing.

Victor Lindelof – 5

Big concern for United if Lindelof is starting at centre-back next season. Not good enough.

Eric Bailly – 4

Better defender than Lindelof but under the impression Solskjaer doesn’t fully trust him. Missed a lot of the season with an injury he suffered in pre-season.

Harry Maguire – 7

Far from perfect but perhaps the biggest reason we’ve been better from the back this season.

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Axel Tuanzebe – 5

Would have scored higher but hasn’t played enough due to injuries. Could be the answer long-term but we’ll never know unless he gets fit.

Luke Shaw – 7

His best season at the club. Missed him towards the end through injury and never thought I would be writing the first two words of that sentence about Shaw.

Brandon Williams – 6

Impressive debut season from the academy graduate. Fantastic addition to the squad and more proof Solskjaer an eye for emerging talent.

Nemanja Matic – 6

Although he was terrific following the turn of year, Matic was awful at the beginning of the season which casts a shadow on his rating. Recently signed a new contract with the club on the back of improved form.

Paul Pogba – 6

Returned to full fitness and form after lockdown but this is months of drama because his agent couldn’t keep him mouth shut. That said, relations appear to be good again and I wouldn’t be surprised if he agreed new terms at Old Trafford. Had he played more games I’d be rating Pogba higher. No question about that.

Bruno Fernandes – 9

Responsible for transforming United’s season since his arrival in January – and for that reason my player of the season. We wouldn’t have Champions League football to look forward to next season without him.

Fred – 6

Good season for the Brazilian as he showed signs of improvement. Played less games after the restart because Paul Pogba was back in town, but I think he can reflect positively on the season he’s had and become a good squad player.

Scott McTominay – 6

My favourite moment of the season was McTominay’s winner in the Manchester derby. He celebrated like a supporter on the pitch in stoppage time but knows he will need to show more quality to get ahead of Matic in the line-up.

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Daniel James – 5

Started well but has struggled since Christmas. Came from the Championship as an inexperience player. James definitely gave us reasons to be encouraged this season.

Mason Greenwood – 9

Star boy! He’s the real deal. Left foot or right foot, he’s scored 10 Premier League goals this term, and 17 across all competitions matching a record set by George Best and Wayne Rooney.

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Marcus Rashford – 8

If his season was brought to a half over a serious injury, he’d have way more goals and possibly a higher rating. This was Rashford’s most prolific season in the first-team and I can’t wait to see what he will bring to the team next season.

Anthony Martial – 9

17 Premier League goals and six assists. A huge improvement from Martial as he steps into the right direction.

Odion Ighalo – 5

Came in and scored goals. I don’t think he’s a fantastic centre-forward but he still gives us something different.

Jesse Lingard – 3

Feels like it would be a good move for everyone concerned if Lingard was moved on this summer. Doesn’t cut the mustard but he deserves more credit than what he gets for his contribution over the years.

Juan Mata – 4

Past his best but think there’s been games towards the end of the season that he should have played minutes in.

Andreas Pereira – 3

It hasn’t worked out for the Brazilian at united. Sell.

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