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Ratings: Same old story for Manchester United; improvement needed!

Manchester United rued poor substitutions again after Jose Mourinho’s men suffered a 1-1 draw against Everton from a late Leighton Baines penalty. The penalty was conceded by Marouane Fellaini, brought on as a defensive substitute to close out the match for Jose Mourinho, and that says enough about the two of them and the problems that still arise at Manchester United.

First of all, Marouane Fellaini is complete trash, and that cannot be denied. He does not offer anything defensively or moving forward, lacks the fluidity to be successful at key moments in the match, and cannot be a player for Manchester United. Fellaini’s lack of technical ability and pure brawn makes him the physical embodiment of everything Manchester United shouldn’t be but still is.

Secondly, Jose Mourinho reverted to his old self there. Many people didn’t think he could be the manager of Manchester United because of his defensive tactics, and it truly showed there. Mourinho finally played the right team to succeed, but bottled United’s talent at the end of the match and paid the price. This is an incredibly large concern for United, a side that is moving forward but not nearly as quickly as the other sides in the league.

Goals: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 42′

Assists: Anthony Martial 42′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian; Carrick, Herrera; Mkhitaryan (Fellaini 85′), Pogba, Martial (Rashford 83′); Ibrahimovic

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Blind, Bailly; Mata, Lingard

Bookings: Marcos Rojo 16′, Marouane Fellaini 88′, David De Gea 88′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Made a couple of excellent saves and was ultimately very good for the first time in a while. Couldn’t save the penalty.

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25 Antonio Valencia

Didn’t do anything wrong, but didn’t stand out. He doesn’t need to.

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4 Phil Jones

He was excellent, and losing the clean sheet was so unfair! Looked solid on the ball, defensively and made loads of clearances.

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5 Marcos Rojo

Could have very well been sent off for a horrific tackle on Bolasie, but he played well outside that.

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36 Matteo Darmian

Handled the threat of Bolasie, though it got ugly at times.

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16 Michael Carrick

Can’t even win with him on the pitch, might as well remove him and start working on the long term.

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21 Ander Herrera

Smashing the bar was costly, but he played a good game and needs to start against Tottenham.

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22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Excellent again, and very good defensively, which made the substitution all the more confusing. Replaced by Fellaini.

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6 Paul Pogba

Marked by Idrissa Gueye, but still looked very bright and created plenty of chances.

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11 Anthony Martial

Looked good during his Premier League return, and provided an incredible assist for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Best 21-year-old in the Premier League.

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9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Played well and scored a goal, though he looked sluggish at times.

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Substitutes

19 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Martial. Didn’t do anything, but he cost United last time he moved out left, so why do it again?

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27 Marouane Fellaini

Replaced Mkhitaryan. What the hell kind of a substitution is that?!?!?!?! [Disclaimer: I'd like to rate him as zero, but 0.5 was the lowest we can give!]

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