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Ratings: Anthony Martial shows his class in Wigan rout

Manchester United earned a 4-0 win over Wigan after answering some questions surrounding the squad over the past few weeks. Winning nine matches in a row, United was beginning to look like a force in English football again, but this level of football was then added to by two draws and a loss to Hull City, three matches in which United looked sub-par on many levels. However, United showed their class and squad depth against Wigan, with goals from Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Bastian Schweinsteiger to win the match for United.

The match will be a massive morale boost for United, who looked lethargic in the opening 30 minutes before Anthony Martial was moved out to the wing. Martial profited from the added space that was compressed when he was playing up top, and he earned two assists as a result. Schweinsteiger was the best player on the pitch in his first start for United in over a year, as a metronomic presence in midfield who earned his goal and assist. Finally, it was promising to see Jose Mourinho give his first two youth debuts, allowing Axel Tuanzebe to come on at right-back and Joel Pereira to replace Sergio Romero in-goal for the final minutes of the match. Both players hold promise and we will likely see more of them at United in the future.

Goals: Marouane Fellaini 44′, Chris Smalling 57′, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 74′, Bastian Schweinsteiger 81′

Assists: Bastian Schweinsteiger 44′, Anthony Martial 57′, 74′, Ander Herrera 81′

Manchester United: Romero (Pereira 80′); Fosu-Mensah (Tuanzebe 68′), Smalling, Rojo, Shaw; Fellaini (Herrera 70′), Schweinsteiger; Mata, Rooney, Mkhitaryan; Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Blind; Young; Ibrahimovic, Rashford

Manchester United

20 Sergio Romero

Made a couple of good saves when called upon, but nothing out of the ordinary, and looked a little bit out of sorts on a few occasions. Replaced by Joel Pereira.

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24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Looked solid and would have earned an assist if Henrikh Mkhitaryan didn’t fluff his lines from the chance. Replaced by Tuanzebe.

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12 Chris Smalling

Looked shaky in his distribution of the ball but took his goal well after an exquisite cross from Anthony Martial.

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5 Marcos Rojo

Didn’t have much to do throughout the match but earned a clean sheet and looked solid on the ball.

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23 Luke Shaw

Made some good runs into space and looked confident for the first time in a few years in his return to the first team.

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27 Marouane Fellaini

Doesn’t belong in the side, but will continue to play if he keeps scoring key goals. Replaced by Herrera.

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31 Bastian Schweinsteiger

Great performance from Bastian Schweinsteiger in his return. Was a metronomic presence in United’s midfield, creating Marouane Fellaini’s goal with a swinging cross and scoring a bicycle kick of his own.

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8 Juan Mata

Didn’t influence the match, but always looks tidy when he’s on the ball.

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10 Wayne Rooney

Rolled back the years with a couple of key moments, but became more of a peripheral figure because of Martial’s position change.

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22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Struggled in front of goal, but created some excellent chances and profited with a goal in the late stages of the match.

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11 Anthony Martial

Best young player at Manchester United, and he showed it again. Looked a little bit lost up front but was rampant and earned two assists when moved out to the left wing.

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Substitutes

38 Axel Tuanzebe

Replaced Fosu-Mensah. Tuanzebe looked good on the ball playing out of position at right-back, and he looks like he has the tools to be an elite ball-playing central defender in the future.

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21 Ander Herrera

Replaced Fellaini. Earned the assist for Bastian Schweinsteiger’s goal but didn’t really have time to influence the match.

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40 Joel Castro Pereira

Replaced Romero. Not sure he touched the ball in the match but was good to see another youth debut.

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