Man United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur Player Ratings

Manchester United bounced back to winning ways to oust old boss Jose Mourinho as Marcus Rashford bagged….

5 December 2019

Manchester United bounced back to winning ways to oust old boss Jose Mourinho as Marcus Rashford bagged a brace to give the Red Devils the points against Tottenham Hotspur.

The hosts scored the opening goal after just six minutes when Rashford burst past Davinson Sanchez and powered a low shot past Paulo Gazzaniga at the near post.

But an audacious piece of skill from Dele Alli allowed Spurs to draw level as he plucked the ball out of the sky to flick the ball over the heads of both Fred and Ashley Young, before comfortably finishing past David De Gea to make it 1-1 at the break.

Rashford got United the winner just two minutes into the second half after both winning and scoring a penalty after being brought down by Moussa Sissoko.

The win lifts United up to 6th place in the Premier League table, moving back above Mourinho’s Spurs side to relieve the pressure on United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Here are the player ratings from the game at Old Trafford.

David De Gea – 6.5

It was a surprisingly quiet night for big Dave in goal. The Spaniard had virtually nothing to do until Dele Alli’s spectacular equaliser which was down to no fault of his own. Did well late on when Spurs pushed on for a leveller, controlling his area and backline with relative ease in the closing stages.

Aaron Wan Bissaka – 6.5

It’s the same story with Wan-Bissaka once again. The young full-back was exceptional defensively, not letting anything past him and really limiting the impact that Heung Min Son could have on the game. Going forward however he really needs to improve. There were times in the game where his distribution let him down as United looked to break and sometimes he seems unsure of what to do at times when he finds himself in a promising position.

Harry Maguire – 7.5

Maguire seemed much more composed without the burden of the captain’s armband. The big centre-half won virtually every aerial duel that came at him and took control against a dangerous looking Spurs attack. Maguire’s presence at the back was huge on the night and he really did a number on a world-class opponent in Harry Kane.

Victor Lindelof – 7.0

After his goal at the weekend, Lindelof seemed much more confident in everything he went about against Spurs. The Swede made some crucial challenges to avert disaster and even seemed a little stronger in the air. The Iceman’s calm persona and cleverness on the ball at the back was vital in seeing out the victory.

Ashley Young – 6.0

Brought in on the night for his experience, Young had a surprisingly solid game at left-back. The 34-year old defender had a tough task in keeping the lively Lucas Moura quiet but the former England International really stepped up to keep him virtually anonymous. He loses points for his involvement in the Spurs goal, being exposed down the right and missing the chance to get his head on the ball before it reached his former International teammate.

Midfielders

Scott McTominay – 7.0

Jose really was right when he chose to bring through McTominay into the first-team fold. The midfielder has begun to shine under Ole and has become one of the most important players in this United side. As always, the Scot brought an aggressive nature to the midfield, winning the tackles Pereira couldn’t whilst freeing up Fred going forward. McTominay mopped up any danger that came his way and despite tiring late on, he gave the tough mentality needed to stop United crumbling under pressure.

Fred – 7.0

Looked much better with McTominay back in the side and was performing well until Alli made him look like a fool for the goal. Like a lot of the side tonight, Fred ran his socks off and looked like he wanted to prove something to Mourinho on the touchline. Made a goal-saving block to deny Son just after the penalty and pressed tenaciously all night long to recover possession on a number of occasions.

Jesse Lingard – 6.5

Looked a lot better and linked up well with Rashford in the first half. His movement was good once again, making space for the rest of the attackers to excel. Had a good curling effort midway through the first half which went just over but looked more confident that he has done in recent months. Arguably a better option in the number 10 role than Pereira but needs to create much more to keep that position long term. Went off late on with cramp.

Forwards

Daniel James – 7.0

Ole called him the best defensive winger in the week and he really showed that quality on the night. The Welshman ran his heart out tonight and really made Wan-Bissaka’s job easy at the back. James is a real team player but also one that always provides a threat going forward. The winger raced past Vertonghen on a number of occasions to find space for a cross but they had very little effect. Still without a goal since August but gets bonus points for clattering into Jose on the touchline.

Mason Greenwood – 6.0

Never looked out of place despite it being just his second ever Premier League start. The youngster showed glimpses of his talent but it never quite clicked for him on the night. He took up some good positions in the final third which caused problems for the Spurs defence and caused a good save from Gazzaniga with a near-post effort late in the first half. Subbed late on.

Marcus Rashford – 8.5

Man of the match by some distance. Had the Spurs defence on strings with his electric pace coming in off the left. Caught out Gazzaniga with a powerful strike for the opener before drawing another top save from the keeper and rattling the crossbar all in the first half. Cooly slotted in the penalty in the second half and chased down every cause as per usual. Was much quieter late on but his work had already been done and he’s now just one shy of his season-best goal total.

Substitutes

Andreas Pereira – 5.5 (Greenwood 80’)

Never seemed like the best time to bring on Pereira towards the end of the game. The Brazilian brought a little more protectiveness but lacked the spark and pace on the counter-attack after replacing Greenwood. Frustrating in possession at times.

Luke Shaw – 6.0 (Lingard 87’)

Helped see out the win and made a couple of marauding runs forward late on but could not quite find the right pass to set up a third.

The Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 7.0

Tonight was vital for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian was desperate for a result and was up against it after the loss of Anthony Martial at the weekend whilst still being without Paul Pogba. Surprised some people by going for a more attacking approach but it paid off to great effect. He allowed Rashford the freedom to target Spurs’ weak points and the return of McTominay toughened up the midfield to seal out the win.

The Crowd – 8.0

The Old Trafford crowd were buoyed by the attacking United and the performance under the lights really got the United faithful behind the team. It’s clear the fans are not going to turn on Ole, at least the ones in the Stadium, and were singing his name at the final whistle but can he do enough to survive.

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