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.
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
Tenacious and committed in all of his duties. Very strong performance. Subbed off with five minutes to go for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. 7/10
Picked up a yellow card in the first half but his experience showed during the second half. Solid throughout. 7/10
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
Superb game. It will be difficult for Luke Shaw to reclaim his place in the starting team. 7/10
Very controlled all game. Strong and helped overrun his rival’s midfield. 7/10
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
Worked tirelessly all evening. Played some really good passes and was unlucky not to score at the hour mark himself. 7/10
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
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
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
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
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.
Donny van de Beek