Manchester United Player Power Rankings 3: Two Losses, Two Wins

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United has had a roller-coaster of a two weeks, sparked by the derby loss to Manchester City. The loss to City at the Etihad was the first of three, as United was downed by Feyenoord and then Watford. However, United used an EFL Cup victory over Northampton sparked a wonderful performance as United triumphed 4-1 over Leicester City. Manchester United Player Power Rankings combines player form over the last stretch of (nine) games and provides you with Manchester United’s most in-form performers. To be considered for the list, players need to have a minimum of nine appearances (starting counts as two, substitute counts as one).

11. Wayne Rooney, Forward
Change: -4

Rooney is finally out of the team, and the entire side looks better without him. Featuring against Watford, he was the worst player in a dismal performance. He also looked ineffective against Northampton. He should feature tomorrow against Zorya Luhansk, but he won’t play against Stoke and may not play again in the Premier League for a while.

10. Anthony Martial, Winger
Change: +1

Martial seems to be raring to play in central areas, and with Marcus Rashford moving out wide of late, he should get that opportunity when he returns from injury. Ineffective against Feyenoord, he was removed early against Watford with a concussion and a calf injury. Hopefully he’ll be back soon.

9. Marouane Fellaini, Midfielder
Change: 0

Marouane Fellaini has had a disastrous two weeks. His only appearance was against Watford, a game in which he stagnated United and conceded a penalty. Without him, against Northampton and Leicester City, United looked a more fluid side with better passing and movement. He seems to have moved from second to fifth in the midfield pecking order.

8. Juan Mata, Attacking Midfielder
Change: +4

Juan Mata was, much like the others on this list, ineffective against Feyenoord, and for much of this season overall. However, he looked bright as a substitute against Watford and was arguably United’s best player against Leicester, becoming the first player to score and assist in the same game for United this season. He could be a key player in the Premier League if he continues to be on the scoresheet and work harder than everyone else when he plays.

7. Marcus Rashford, Left-Winger
Change: +6

Rashford has barely played enough to be a part of this list, but in the matches he played, he made an amazing impact. Struggling up front against Feyenoord, he then followed up with three goals in three games, featuring in all four matches and playing excellent football. He has 4 goals in 3 starts (and 3 sub appearances) from the left-wing, which is ridiculous for an 18-year-old.

6. Ander Herrera, Midfielder
Change: +4

Much like Rashford, Herrera hasn’t played nearly enough. When he has played, though, he has been incredible. He was the best player for both sides in his bench cameo during the Manchester Derby, United’s best player in the dismal Feyenoord performance, scored against Northampton and created a goal, and glued the attack together against Leicester. He could be a key player for Mourinho’s United, and the manager seems to enjoy playing him as much as he enjoys playing.

5. Luke Shaw, Left-Back
Change: -3

Luke Shaw made a costly error (as the disaster control man) against Watford, and he seems to be struggling to find full fitness. However, considering that is the case, he has done admirably. He has a minor injury now and needs to be rested for a while, and only playing one game of the last four is a good way to start rehabilitating the promising defender.

4. Eric Bailly, Centre-Back
Change: -1

Eric Bailly featured three times in the last two weeks, with an average display against Feyenoord, a below average one against Watford and an above average game against Leicester. He didn’t make any costly errors, and one relatively poor game in his first eight is hardly a disgrace.

3. Daley Blind, Defender
Change: +1

Almost inseparable with Bailly in the rankings, Blind inches ahead after his phenomenal performance against Leicester City. He struggled against Northampton, conceding a penalty, but it wasn’t costly. He picked up two assists and shut Jamie Vardy out against Leicester, which is an incredible feat considering he was moved to left-back for the first time in almost a year.

2. David De Gea, Goalkeeper
Change: +3

Rested against Northampton, De Gea was flawless in the other three matches. He made key saves to help United back into the match against Watford, clearly the best player on the pitch. Against Leicester, he made a spectacular stop to deny Demarai Gray from getting a second goal. His distribution has been incredible, too, with Bailly and Chris Smalling often passing back to him because he is that good on the ball.

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Striker
Change: 0

Ibrahimovic didn’t look good against Watford, and he looked promising against Leicester without scoring. However, there is still no one to take his place. It is great to have such an emphatic talisman leading the line both metaphorically and literally for United this season, and his leadership still clearly goes a long way even when he struggles to produce his best football.

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