Ratings: Mkhitaryan is a genius, Martial shone

Manchester United had one simple mission in this game, seeking revenge for that undeserved draw back on Sunday. With a few changes made in the Starting XI as Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini were suspended, Jose Mourinho started Michael Carrick alongside Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan was given another start, this time in the EFL Cup. Luke Shaw replaced Matteo Darmian and Anthony Martial was given a chance to prove that he is a masterclass.

Starting the game in the best way, United took the lead within two minutes with a superb backheel from Mkhitaryan and a clinical finish from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It was all about United in the upcoming minutes, creating chance after chance, but not defeating the West Ham goalie, Adrian. Zlatan and Martial kept trying but without a result. An error from David De Gea, something that United fans aren’t used to see, gave the chance to former Manchester United Reserves player Ashley Fletcher. With him celebrating goal the crowd responded well to Ashley.

However, the team responded in the second half as Martial after a marvelous game by Valencia and another Mkhitaryan assist gave United the lead again. It was all about United once again and Martial scored his second after 14 minutes. An entertaining show by United once again and the merits all go to Henrikh Mkhitaryan for his brilliant display. When all seemed closed and done, Bastian with a lovely setup gave Herrera the chance to assist and Zlatan didn’t miss the chance to add another goal in the game.

A great display from the team, taking revenge from West Ham for that disappointing draw on Sunday. Solving the game easily, controlling the game in every second and doing all well to silence the critics, in the United way.

Goals: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 2′, 90+2′, Anthony Martial 48′, 62′

Assists: Henrikh Mkhitaryan 2′, 48′, Antonio Valencia 62′, Ander Herrera 90+2′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Shaw (Blind 46′); Carrick, Herrera; Mkhitaryan (Rashford 89′), Rooney, Martial (Schweinsteiger 86′); Ibrahimovic

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Mata, Lingard, Schneiderlin

Bookings: Antonio Valencia 39′, Wayne Rooney 52′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Didn't have much to do during the first half except that shot from Payet that was poorly saved and let Fletcher score the equalizer. Didn't have anything to do during the second half.


25 Antonio Valencia

Doing well in that right side, gives security, settling well despite of his natural position. Keeps showing why he was Mourinho's transfer target when Jose used to manage Real Madrid. That back heel pass to Mkhitaryan for the Armenian's second assist was amazing.


4 Phil Jones

His partnership with Rojo is going better than anyone expected. 4 consecutive starts and that didn't happen since December 2014. Great to see him back and fully fit. Three or four important clearances inside the dangerous area. This man has changed under Jose Mourinho. Simple as.


5 Marcos Rojo

Growing game after game. In everyone's surprise he is pulling some good performances, cleared the ball well in the dangerous zone in the first half and it was a great tackle. Seems like a changed man. Impressive.


23 Luke Shaw

Has to gain fitness to produce and give what we were used to before he was injured. Substituted at half time for Daley Blind. Good to see him back in the Starting XI to gain some confidence but he definitely was struggling in that left side.


16 Michael Carrick

A true midfield general. Goes unnoticed for most of the game but does the work along Herrera in the midfield. There's no coincidence that our winning rate is excellent when he starts. We have scored 3+ goals on 7 occasions and Carrick has played in 6 of those. Impressive!


21 Ander Herrera

Lovely pass from the Spaniard to be converted in another Ibra goal. Enjoys his midfield role even more when Carrick is along him. Passionate as always.


22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

An absolute genius. Key pass to give United an early lead and another brilliant assist for Martial. Gives the game fantasy, creates chances. Ready for life in Manchester. Mourinho has unleashed the beast in the right time.


Ratings: Mkhitaryan is a genius, Martial shone

Solid performance by the United captain. Had a couple of good chances, opens the game really well. Booked so he will miss the upcoming game vs Everton, a real shame.


11 Anthony Martial

Sparkles of the Martial we all were used to in the first half. Kept trying and trying but couldn't find the goal in the first 45 minutes. An absolute second half, 2 goals coming from a build up play of the team. Bad days seem to be past him. Moves wide easily and you know that he is going to cause damage. Whatever was holding him back is gone. Loves to score against West Ham 5/5.


10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Scored the first and the last United goal of the evening. 35 but is all over the place, imposes fear to the opponent. Absolutely amazing game.



17 Daley Blind

Replaced Shaw. Quite solid in the left and has always settled well wherever asked to play. Made a few interceptions, not leaving the opponent go upfront.


Ratings: Mkhitaryan is a genius, Martial shone

Replaced Martial. Huge impact without even entering the game. Round of applause from the crowd in Old Trafford. Fans seem to love him. Nice setup from the German in that Herrera assist.


19 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Mkhitaryan. Didn't have any impact in the game as came only on the 90'.


Written by Fabiola Cejku


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