Man United player ratings vs Aston Villa: Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba superb

David de Gea

Alert to keep out John McGinn and great reaction save to deny Ollie Watkins. 7

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Crossed superbly for Martial’s opener but inexcusably switched off to allow Grealish to create equaliser. Made a crucial interception with great athleticism at back post when El-Ghazi looked destined to score. 6

Eric Bailly

Justified his fourth straight start by keeping Watkins quiet for large periods. Positive in possession but rash challenge warranted his booking. Incredible block in dramatic final seconds ensured win.  7

Harry Maguire

Maguire looks more at ease in partnership with brisk Bailly. Another solid showing from United’s skipper. 6

Luke Shaw

Threatening on the overlap and rarely exposed down his flank in defence. Shaw has shown great consistency since Alex Telles was signed. 7


Proving undroppable in Solskjaer’s best midfield despite some sloppy moments in possession. Showed relentless energy and made number of crucial interceptions. 7

Scott McTominay

Least effective of United’s midfielders and substituted for Nemanja Matic as United looked to gain more control. 5

Paul Pogba

Central to United’s most potent play and unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet. United are a more dangerous team with Pogba on the front foot and he showed his quality in the final third. 8

Bruno Fernandes

United’s talisman delivered again with his 15th of the season from the spot. Fernandes came to life in the second-half with a series of glorious touches and a stunning effort. 8

Anthony Martial

Stepped up with fine header to give United lead and a good focal point for the Reds. Drifted slightly after the break but goal should breed confidence. 7

Marcus Rashford

Eager to shoot and and a constant danger without a decisive moment. Never tired and showed great ambition. 7


Nemanja Matic

Brought on to help regain control but Villa remained potent until the end. 5

Daniel James

Rapid on the counter-attack but final ball was poor. 6

Axel Tuanzebe


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  1. Great play to kick start the new year. Hoping for the better from the guys let’s stay focused as we fight for the league.
    Bally, BF 18 and PP 6 played much better.

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