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MOTM: David De Gea makes a fine performance to save United

Manchester United faced Stoke City this evening in another difficult match away at the Britannia Stadium. It was a difficult match for Mourinho’s men as they immediately saw themselves under pressure as Stoke were attacking. In this game, a superb David De Gea was also needed as he put in proof several times especially from Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri who had two shots saved in just five minutes. Paul Pogba kept trying, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan added another assist in his bag.

However, something went missing in this game as United were not being cynical enough and the final product wasn’t that great causing Stoke City sitting too deep and United let them try on several occasions conceding twice. Out of the players that featured in this evening’s game, here are the top contenders for the Man of the Match award:

Paul Pogba

The three man midfield seems to be working for him as Nemanja Matic is doing his best in playing in a more holding position. Yet the problem seems to be Ander Herrera. However, Paul Pogba seems calm, moving well and producing great. On the other side the player did an incredible work at Rashford’s goal and kept pressuring on and on, but surely Herrera went missing around and wasn’t giving enough space to him. As things stand, probably a two man midfield should remain still.

David De Gea

Best player on the pitch for United this evening. We are back on those times where the defence will let him down and he has to do all the work himself. Starting from Shaqiri in the first half with two brilliant shots one after another showed once again his class but as Manchester United legend said: What’s the point of having a world class keeper if you have kindergarten level defending. Three or four good saves from him in the second half, but he wasn’t being covered at all as especially the left-hand side was failing him.

Marcus Rashford

His pace is all over the place and the Englishman pressured well in several areas and a late minute drama in the first half gave United a chance to draw. His movement was great on the wing and Marcus was one of the players who helped United be in Stoke’s final third. He was doing best on the chances he had, but Butland was in fine form today.

Conclusion

United had a weak game today as there wasn’t much passion on what we saw and Jose Mourinho was playing more defensive given the opponent we were facing. If it weren’t for David De Gea, the Reds would have probably conceded more as Darmian and Jones constantly let David De Gea down, while there are several issues surrounding Ander Herrera. He didn’t create anything and went a bit deep in several occasions where he could have done better. Lukaku lost a couple of good chances as well and this is not exactly what I expected. Stoke are a tough opponent, but apparently, Mark Hughes has found what worries Jose Mourinho the most.

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