Ratings: Pogba, Herrera, Mata and Ibrahimovic best of the bunch!

Manchester United was held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against West Ham after failing to fully recover from an early goal from Diafra Sakho. Scoring in the second minute after an error from Jesse Lingard and United’s defenders, United was quickly pushed onto the back foot, but they recovered with a goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. That being said, United failed to further capitalize and win the match afterward, missing a few key chances and being denied by a superb performance from Darren Randolph, West Ham’s backup goalkeeper. United will rue the missed chances.

That being said, Mourinho’s decisions need to be questioned. While his sending off was a complete disgrace from the officiating team (again), he made poor decisions before the match that could have been better. Firstly, Michael Carrick did not have to play 90 minutes on Thursday and could have played today, at least long enough, because everyone knows how important the Englishman is. Secondly, Marcus Rashford is not a winger, and Anthony Martial didn’t play on Thursday, meaning he could have done so today. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was benched in favour of the relatively useless Jesse Lingard, who played one of his worst games this season. Reluctant to give a chance to Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who has done nothing wrong, Mourinho played the likes of Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia twice in four days, and both looked impacted by the decision.

Mourinho’s decision to persist with the same players has not allowed potential solutions to United’s woes to step forward. Morgan Schneiderlin, a solid midfielder, could play in defensive midfield, but he has not played any matches despite being fit. The aforementioned Fosu-Mensah is joined by Joe Riley and Axel Tuanzebe, neither of whom have been given chances ahead of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, who, along with Chris Smalling, should be fighting for their futures at the club. Memphis has not played a minute despite the fact Rashford is being played ahead of him and out of position. If Mourinho wants the solution to a consistent winning formula, it is time to take action and realize the players that are preventing him from finding the answer and testing other players who could.

Goals: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 21′

Assists: Paul Pogba 21′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian; Herrera, Pogba; Lingard (Fellaini 84′), Mata (Rooney 64′), Rashford (Mkhitaryan 64′); Ibrahimovic

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Blind; Young, Schweinsteiger

Bookings: Paul Pogba 27′, Marouane Fellaini 87′, Antonio Valencia 90′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Made a key save when called upon. Seemed out of position at times. Helpless for the first goal.


25 Antonio Valencia

Unable to influence the match with the same driving force he usually has.


4 Phil Jones

Should be doing better from the set-piece at the beginning of the match, as United looked disorganized. He seems to make an error every match, though only one.


5 Marcos Rojo

Was completely exposed on the counter in the second half, but didn’t pay the price.


36 Matteo Darmian

Struggled on the ball throughout the match, but didn’t have much to do on it.


21 Ander Herrera

For some reason, he can’t offer the same presence as Carrick, but Herrera was fantastic again, completing an incredible 99 passes.


6 Paul Pogba

Pogba was the best player on the pitch, passing the ball and moving with slaloming runs that couldn’t be prevented. Deserved more than an assist, and was ruined by the referees later in the match.


14 Jesse Lingard

Does he have instructions? The entire team has a shape but Lingard is just there, making runs randomly and trying to stay relevant. He doesn’t have the technical ability for a club like Manchester United and I’m beginning to doubt his place here.


8 Juan Mata

Created a few chances and looked bright on the ball in the deeper central midfield position alongside Pogba. Replaced by Mkhitaryan.


19 Marcus Rashford

Out of form, and not suited to playing on the left-wing. Where is Martial? Replaced by Rooney.


10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Scored a goal but didn’t do anything else relevant in the match. He wasn’t poor outside his goal, just not great.



Ratings: Pogba, Herrera, Mata and Ibrahimovic best of the bunch!

Replaced Rashford. Looked ultimately poor, with no end-product or finesse. He seems to become completely useless when he is pushed into tight areas.


22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Replaced Mata. Sparked change upon introduction, Mkhitaryan showed enough to suggest he could have helped the side grab a goal if he started the match ahead of the spastic Lingard and the out-of-position Rashford.


27 Marouane Fellaini

Replaced Lingard. Strange change, because United didn’t play route-one when he came on, but he didn’t have enough time anyways. The fact he is coming on ahead of Martial shows just how much Mourinho is struggling to figure out his squad identity at the moment.


Written by Aaron Moniz


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