Manchester United have extended their disastrous Premier League form with another embarrassing performance, this time against newly-promoted Watford.
The home side were simply the better team from start to finish and thoroughly deserved their victory. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was already fighting to keep his job, looked clueless on the touchline.
United have now lost five out of their last seven Premier League games and are in free fall. Quite ironically, Donny van de Beek was one of the standout performers.
David de Gea – 8
Saved two penalties and did all he could to keep the numbers down. Ultimately, his team-mates have been letting him down all season.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 2
Once again very poor.
Harry Maguire – 1
In a week where he responded to criticism by cupping his ears, Maguire has embarrassed himself with a disastrous performance against Watford. The United skipper was comically sent off after getting himself into trouble with a poor touch.
Victor Lindelof – 2
Just another player going through the motions and not putting their heart into it. Poor.
Luke Shaw – 1
Back-to-back concussion substitutions for the defender but before that, he was once again underwhelming. A shadow of last season’s player.
Scott McTominay – 1
Hauled off at half-time and could have been sent off for a reckless challenge. At the moment, the midfielder is doing little to prove he’s good enough for Manchester United.
Nemanja Matic – 2
A liability on the ball when pressed and put his side in danger on multiple occasions.
Bruno Fernandes – 2
Another player who has dramatically taken a turn for the worse. A talismanic figure in the midfield before, now a turgid spectator.
Marcus Rashford – 3
Always isolated and often had to take on three players on his own. There was simply nothing he could do.
Jadon Sancho – 7
Perhaps his best performance of the season – Sancho looked like United’s only threat throughout the game and he was at the heart of every dangerous move.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 7
He must be absolutely staggered at how the tables have turned since his last stint at the club. Assisted the only goal of the game and did his best – that can’t be said for every player when it should be the minimum requirement.
Donny van de Beek – 8
Came on with a point to prove and ended the game as United’s best player. Got into dangerous positions and unsurprisingly got on the end of an attacking move to score his first goal since September 2020.
Anthony Martial – 3
Completely anonymous for the entirety of the second half.
Diogo Dalot & Jesse Lingard – N/A
The pair hardly touched the ball after coming on late in the game.