Ratings: Some of them need firing out of the club as soon as possible; Greenwood was impressive and something to look forward to

Manchester United deserved the 2-0 defeat against already relegated Cardiff City in the final Premier League match of the season. It is hardly a sendoff for the supporters this season after the money they had spent on supporting the team. Few players had desire and determination and it has shown that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be out of his depth.

It was a good start for United with Mason Greenwood having opportunities to score, one going over the crossbar, the other saved by Neil Etheridge. Andreas Pereira also had the opportunity to score, also providing the lofting pass for Greenwood’s effort to be saved. However, it was not that great for United as Diogo Dalot gave a penalty away.

The young Portuguese right-back seemed to reach the ball before the Cardiff player went down. Not a penalty for me, but it was given nonetheless. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing took the spot kick, beating David De Gea and putting the already-relegated side 1-0 up in the game with United needing to put in a massive performance to save their blushes.

Greenwood has been the stand out player in the match and could have had at least three goals to his name. United, however, did not get the better of this Cardiff side as they conceded another goal in the 54th minute, against scored by Mendez-Laing, assisted by Josh Murphy. It has gone bad to worse for United.

Man of the Match: Mason Greenwood

The 17-year-old took the game by the scruff of the neck and tried to put in an effort worthy of playing for this club, one of a few who had tried to do that. Greenwood could have had three or four goals in the first half alone, which shows his desire, hunger and determination. If he is not involved in the squad from pre-season onwards, questions will be asked.

Match Statistics:

Goals: Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 23′ (penalty), 54′

Assists: Josh Murphy 54′

Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot (Valencia 74′), Smalling, Jones (Martial 46′), Young; Pereira (Gomes 74′), McTominay, Pogba; Lingard; Greenwood, Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Mata; Fred, Garner

Bookings: Andreas Pereira 44′, Paul Pogba 61′, Jesse Lingard 71′; Leandro Bacuna 28′, Josh Murphy 61′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one conceded from a penalty against Cardiff City in the 23rd minute of the match. However, in the 40th minute, he made a great save to deny Josh Murphy. De Gea conceded a second goal in the 54th minute to add to his and United’s embarrassment.


Diogo Dalot

Gave away a penalty in the first half, which may have been harsh against him. Played well at times but was caught by Cardiff in the second half as they doubled their lead in the 54th minute. Dalot was always going to be a prospect and will have learned a lot from this season.


Chris Smalling

Another poor defensive performance this season has seen the real Chris Smalling. Squad player at best, nothing more. Gone are the days of Mike Smalling under Louis Van Gaal. Not good enough for a club of this calibre.


4 Phil Jones

I was not happy seeing that he was starting the game nor that there was no central defensive cover on the bench. True to form, Jones picked up an injury late in the first half and could not continue, yet he was entrusted to represent the club for four more years?


18 Ashley Young

Not a left-back. Not a right-back. I don’t think Ashley Young is anything other than a squad player. Kudos to him for last season and playing for England at the World Cup but now, his career seems to be hanging in the balance. Keeping players like Young is the reason United are where they are irrelevant.


Andreas Pereira

The Belgian-born Brazilian started well against Cardiff after an early effort on goal, also floating in a great ball for Mason Greenwood with the Cardiff goalkeeper stopping him from scoring. Pereira tried to get involved in the second half but it didn’t work. He was replaced by Angel Gomes in the 74th minute of the match.


39 Scott McTominay

Tried his best in the first half but with players not putting in the effort, what can be done, especially of those who are a problem in the team are still playing week in and week out. Played in defence in the second half as Jones was injured again. He has the right mentality and determination and will be hurting tonight, just like last week at Huddersfield.


6 Paul Pogba

I’m not all that sure starting the Frenchman was a good thing for Solskjaer, who said he was going to be ruthless. Pogba was booked just after the hour for lashing out on Murphy, which was pretty petulant from both players - both deserved the booking they got. Could it be goodbye from him?


14 Jesse Lingard

I was not impressed with his performance today or over the last few months. Seems to care more about voting for himself in a Player of the Year awards or his new clothing line. As long as that is a success, it’s fine. I guess. Doesn’t need to be a success on the football pitch now, does he? Sarcasm aside, he’s a squad player now, too late to be anything else. Has promise but little interest to develop that.


11 Mason Greenwood

The 17-year-old had an impressive start to the game having a header on goal sail over the crossbar, which has shown his level of confidence in this game. The academy graduate also had another attempt, laid on by Andreas Pereira but Neil Etheridge out the effort wide to stop him scoring.


10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward has some parts to play in the game but he was not in his best form, which is a worry. United should have been more than capable of taking on this Cardiff side, especially after beating them 5-1 in December. Rashford may need some time off this summer but if his poor form continues, it will be down to him more than anything.



9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Jones 46'. Got some involvement in the match and nearly provided something to put United back in the game. Needs to push himself more, if he is to remain a United player. He's his own worst enemy at times.


25 Antonio Valencia

Replaced Dalot 74'. Not a fitting send off for a player like Antonio Valencia. He won't be happy to bow out after such a shockingly poor match. It will be different without him. All the best, captain.


28 Angel Gomes

Replaced Pereira 74'. Got stuck into the performance. Had as much influence in the game as Paul Pogba but plater 16 minutes plus added time.


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