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Ratings: Poor attitude from United, Jones and Zlatan don’t deliver

Manchester United had finally the golden chance to move from the sixth place as they faced Bournemouth in midday and with Liverpool and Arsenal facing each other later today, Jose’s team may see itself closer to top four. But as it has happened in the last meetings at Old Trafford, where attitude was needed, United wasted this chance by missing chances and playing poor against a ten men Bournemouth.

As the lineups for both teams were revealed, four changes were made for United and among them, Luke Shaw who returned to the starting XI for the first time since October. Ander Herrera was rested considering a number of games between today and the 19th March, leaving Jose with no choice. Wayne Rooney also made his return to the lineup, his match number 550 for the club, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial along with Juan Mata starting again.

Squad rotation was definitely key considering that Rojo and Jones replaced Bailly and Smalling who have formed the centre-back partnership in the recent games.

The start was promising, five occasions yet no one was able to score, and Bournemouth almost hit hard as Jones didn’t clear the ball. Then things got in the way as United kept dominating while the men up front simply couldn’t finish. A lovely ball from Valencia found Rojo, who didn’t think it twice to put the ball in the back of the net.

Jones, however, continued making mistakes as a bad interference in the final third caused a penalty that was executed by King. 1-1 and United were suddenly being scared and things got harder. It was the same story in the second half, as the players were nervous, not thinking really clear what they were trying to do. The game was almost, in the end, and the players had one simple job, to push forward even more.

No Zlatan Time as the Big Swede didn’t seem clear in what he was trying to do and the opposition were playing with their nerves.

It felt one of those days and indeed it was, United lost the chance to move from sixth place, wondering what could it be and of course, showed that these players don’t deserve to finish top four.

Leaving the nervous moments behind, here are the player ratings for today’s game:

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Didn't have much to do in the first half apart from two occasions when he had to interfere. Unlucky in that penalty. Another decent performance.

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25 Antonio Valencia

He really doesn't know to rest in any moment. Moving really well wide and his pass to Rojo was well thought. Helped the team defensively as well. It's the same tune with Valencia in the second half, advanced really well but no one was there to finish.

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4 Phil Jones

The penalty decision surely affected him. There were some particular things at his game that were a worry today and he didn't get away with it easily. Probably it wasn't a penalty, but his decision making today hasn't been at the top today.

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5 Marcos Rojo

Probably one of the best in the pitch today. It's not just the goal but he has been covering a lot for Jones today. Fixing the mistakes the Englishman made, that surely helped us a lot.

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23 Luke Shaw

Has shown a few glimpses of the Shaw we all adore and him moving forward was incredibly nice to watch, but the opposition isn't saving him. Probably, not feeling comfortable, yet it was a positive game.

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16 Michael Carrick

Amazing game play by master Carrick. Key passes, moving the ball well through and helping Pogba move forward. Imposed the game, no one can get past him.

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6 Paul Pogba

Unlucky and probably acted silly in the last ten minutes. Three clear chances, acted poor with no character. Other than that, moved well at times yet he was missing something today.

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8 Juan Mata

Two chances early in the first half that could have made things different. He was creative once again, combined well with Valencia and is always upfront to make the right movement.

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10 Wayne Rooney

One of those when he was indeed needed. Great build up play by the captain, had an important chance to score, the first of the game for United. However, today his values as captain were shown as he saved Ibra.

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11 Anthony Martial

He had a good game but should have done better at times, especially being more altruist and pass to his teammates. Lingard didn't help him at all, actually it caused him problems.

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9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Not sure what he is trying to do. Missed the penalty and since the first few minutes didn't have a decent chance that we can refer to. Put the team a lot in risk as he deserved to get sent off. This wasn't Zlatan's game, this can happen to Ibra as well.

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Substitutes

14 Jesse Lingard

Came in for Rooney. Didn't do anything right.

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27 Marouane Fellaini

Came in for Carrick. Completely useless, moved from left to right, centre and still didn't do anything upfront.

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19 Marcus Rashford

Couldn't stay calm for the obvious reason; United were not doing things right and he tried constantly but without a result.

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