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Man United player ratings vs Liverpool: Martinez superb as Rashford and Sancho shine

Manchester United hosted arch-rivals, Liverpool, at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Monday night and following a remarkable 2-1 victory, we have provided some Man United player ratings.

Coming into the game, neither side were in good form.

The Red Devils, led by new manager Erik ten Hag, had suffered two opening defeats. A 2-1 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion and a four-nil drubbing away to Brentford meant United started Monday’s clash rock bottom of the table.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds weren’t much better off. Having drawn their opening two games against Fulham and Crystal Palace, Liverpool arrived at Old Trafford winless and with just two points from a possible six.

Unfortunately for Klopp’s men, United piled the misery on. The game, which ended 2-1, marked the start of the Red Devils’ campaign and it could not have come at a better time.

David De Gea against Liverpool on Monday August 22, 2022
David De Gea celebrates Manchester United’s win over Liverpool.

Having named a strong, but changed starting 11 that included a front three of Anthony Elanga, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, as well as dropping Cristiano Ronaldo and club captain Harry Maguire, ten Hag’s gamble certainly paid off.

A first-half opener from Jadon Sancho set the tone with a follow-up strike coming from Rashford before Mo Salah pulled one back with five minutes to go.

Read on for all our Man United player ratings.

Man United player ratings

David De Gea

Didn’t have much to do all night but when called into action didn’t put a foot wrong. 7/10

Diogo Dalot

Tenacious and committed in all of his duties. Very strong performance. Subbed off with five minutes to go for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. 7/10

Raphael Varane

Picked up a yellow card in the first half but his experience showed during the second half. Solid throughout. 7/10

Lisandro Martinez

Came under fire following the four-nil loss to Brentford but more than made up for it on Monday. One of the best defensive displays you’re likely to see all season. 9/10

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Tyrell Malacia

Superb game. It will be difficult for Luke Shaw to reclaim his place in the starting team. 7/10

Tyrell Malacia ranked high on Man United player ratings for his performance against Liverpool on Monday August 22, 2022.
Tyrell Malacia defending against Liverpool’s Mo Salah.

Scott McTominay

Very controlled all game. Strong and helped overrun his rival’s midfield. 7/10

Christian Eriksen

A good game overall. No errors to note. Worked well alongside McTominay. Subbed off with five minutes to go for Donny van de Beek. 6/10

Bruno Fernandes

Worked tirelessly all evening. Played some really good passes and was unlucky not to score at the hour mark himself. 7/10

Jadon Sancho

Incredible first-half goal. Looked a threat throughout. Continually provided his teammates with a wide option. Subbed off with 20-minutes to go in favour of Fred. 8/10

Jadon Sancho rates high on Man United player ratings against scoring against Liverpool on Monday August 22, 2022.
Jadon Sancho celebrates his goal against Liverpool.

Anthony Elanga

Unlucky not to score the first goal after hitting the post and although subbed off at half-time for Anthony Martial, the youngster looked energetic throughout his first 45-minutes. 6/10

Marcus Rashford

Rashford’s best game in a United shirt for a long, long time. Looked fit and sharp from start to finish. Got the goal he deserved 10 minutes after the half-time break. Subbed off with five minutes to go for Cristiano Ronaldo. 8/10

Subs:

Anthony Martial

Failed to provide much of an impact but will still be trying to regain full fitness following a brief period out through injury. 4/10

Fred

Expected to help control the midfield and although the Brazilian didn’t make any notable errors, United certainly looked more assured when Eriksen was on. 5/10.

Cristiano Ronaldo

N/A

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

N/A

Donny van de Beek

N/A

 

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3 Comments

  1. 4/10 did you not see Martial hold the ball up and link the play. Not to mention the assist for rashfords goal. You are having a laugh.

    1. It was alright – He didn’t do badly. Maybe 4 is slightly too low. But like I say – expecting more from him as he regains full fitness.

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