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Ratings: Manchester United 0-0 Everton – Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho fielded a strong side against Everton for Wayne Rooney’s testimonial on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford. United started with David De Gea in goal, Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw at the back, Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera in midfield, Jesse Lingard, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial all playing behind ZlatanIbrahimovic. Mourinho made full use of his substitutes by making six substitutes at the start of the second half with Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ashley Young replacing Bailly, Shaw, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard and Martial. Wayne Rooney was replaced in the 53rd minute with Marcus Rashford replacing him. In the 65th minute, Mourinho made four more changes with Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Juan Mata and Memphis Depay replacing De Gea, Valencia, Blind, and Ibrahimovic.

United dominated possession and the second half changes seemed to strengthen the side, but weaken it at the same time, so the strongest side was not actually playing together. It was a training match and one where fitness would help come through. You don’t win trophies in testimonial matches in pre-season – fitness is the key. Winning is great, but when it doesn’t matter, it takes the moment away. United will now head into Sunday’s match with Leicester City at Wembley to contest the FA Community Shield knowing that they have played all of their matches thus far – only training can help bring the players up to speed. Leicester City has not done well in pre-season, but they were playing some of the best teams in Europe, which is a big change from a year ago. United should have enough to beat them, though. The match ended 0-0, which was not all that thrilling, but fitness is the key.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spaniard had little to do in the 65 minutes he was on the pitch. Seems to be the same old story for big Dave,

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25 Antonio Valencia

The Eduadorian did well, but did not shine like he did against Galatasaray at the weekend where he got himself three assists. Big test this evening. Replaced by Matteo Darmian.

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3 Eric Bailly

Another good 45 minute display from the Ivorian. Getting settled at his new club. Might be in contention to face Leicester City at Wembley on Sunday.

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17 Daley Blind

The Dutch defender-cum-midfielder played for 65 minutes, helping to kep a clean sheet in a match which was not going to be a glittering performance for either side. Seems to have given Jose Mourinho more options at the back.

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23 Luke Shaw

Had a good half at left-back. Seems to have gained fitness after his recovery from his injury nearly a year ago. Got forward at times and did well with Anthony Martial playing ahead of him.

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16 Michael Carrick

Nearly cost United early in the first half with a poor pass, but he was being closed down by three Everton players. Quiet first half, replaced by Morgan Schneiderlin at the start of the second half.

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21 Ander Herrera

Did well paired with Michael Carrick, got forward at times and passed the ball through to the attacking players. Seems to play better when not restricted. Might be his season.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Quiet night on the right-wing for the Academy graduate. May not be first choice with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the side, but a decent player to have in the squad.

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Wayne Rooney

Played 53 minutes for his side in his testimonial. United dominated the first half, not finding their much-needed goal. Rooney has been a great servent for the club, but I don't think he played all that well. He was replaced by Marcus Rashford.

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11 Anthony Martial

Had a good first half on the left-wing. Got forward quote a lot and threatened when he did. Good interplay with Luke Shaw.

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9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Not his best display for United so far, but a good one. Got into some good positions, but seemed man-marked at times. May take a while in the Premier League to get things going. It was never going to be a fairytale start.

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Substitutes

20 Sergio Romero

Replaced David De Gea. The Argentinian had little to do, like De Gea in the first 65 minutes of the match.

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36 Matteo Darmian

Replaced Antonio Valencia. Did well when he came on, might fight his way into Mourinho's plans, but it seems Valencia will be the starting right-back.

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4 Phil Jones

Replaced Eric Bailly. Not impressed with him, but his fitness may not be there yet. It might work out for him, it might not. If he can keep injuries at bay, it might all snap back into place.

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5 Marcos Rojo

Replaced Luke Shaw. Got forward a few times and helped to defend, but seems to be a player fighting a losing battle. Not really impressed with him.

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27 Marouane Fellaini

Replaced Ander Herrera. Looked threatening at times, added some physicality in the midfield against his former side. Threatened going forward, but nothing came off for him.

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8 Juan Mata

Replaced Daley Blind. Was not all that creative during his time on the pitch, but it is fitness which matters the most. Might not have done enough to be a starter at the weekend.

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22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Replaced Jesse Lingard. Seemed to get forward and create a few chances, but nothing seemed to pay off. Both teams played equally well.

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Ratings: Manchester United 0-0 Everton – Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial

Replaced Michael Carrick. Did well in the centre of the pitch, maintained possession, but looked a little rusty.

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18 Ashley Young

Replaced Anthony Martial. Added some experience and attacking flair on the left, getting forward a lot, but could not change the game.

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Ratings: Manchester United 0-0 Everton – Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial

Replaced Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Not that great a performance. Tried a scissor-kick towards the end of the match and failed at that. Big season coming up, if he survives that long.

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19 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Wayne Rooney. Got some time playing alongside Ibrahimovic before he came off. Attacked well, but Everton defended well. Might find it tough at time this coming season, but should weather the storm.

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