Player Ratings: United 3-1 Brighton

David De Gea – A smart save from a Neal Maupay strike in the second half was….

11 November 2019

David De Gea – A smart save from a Neal Maupay strike in the second half was about the only time the Spaniard was called into action all afternoon. Couldn’t have done anything about Brighton’s goal. 6/10

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – The 21-year-old full back looked assured once again. Yes Brighton were largely toothless in attack all afternoon, but broke up play when needed, and his burgeoning partnership with Daniel James down United’s right hand side can only bode well for the future. 7/10

Victor Lindelof – After recovering from injury, this performance will have done wonders for Lindelof’s confidence. Gave away possession a few times, but was positive throughout the game, largely looking to play the ball forwards into midfield, rather than side-to-side. Will need to maintain a level of consistency after the international break, as Marcos Rojo is knocking on the door for a place in the starting XI. 6.5/10

Harry Maguire – Captaining the side once again, Maguire led by example from the back, looking to play out from defence with the ball at his feet. Was involved in the build-up to United’s second goal, surviving a handball claim before Propper bundled the ball into his own goal after pressure from McTominay. Largely put the game to bed at that point. 7/10

Brandon Williams – Another outing that belied his teenage years, Williams is staking a real claim that from here on, he should be United’s first-choice left-back. With Luke Shaw spending more time on the treatment table than out on the pitch, and the much maligned aging Ashley Young, it is now time for Solskjaer to pick his side based on form, not experience or reputation. Hopefully Williams will be rewarded for his excellent form lately with an extended run after the international break. 8/10

Scott McTominay – A performance that we have come to expect from the Scot. Solid in the centre of the park, McTominay regularly endeavoured to spark his side into life. Played a key role in the second goal, pressuring Propper to turn into his own net. A late injury scare will have Solskjaer and the United fanbase sweating on his fitness for the trip to in-form, surprise package Sheffield United on the 24th. Fingers crossed it is nothing serious. 7.5/10

Fred – Easily one of his best performances in a United shirt, the Brazilian is starting to show why United pulled the trigger on a £52 million deal back in 2018. His showings since signing have been more miss than hit, but he is seemingly now taking his opportunities with Paul Pogba having been ruled out for the past few months due to injury. A stellar exhibition from Fred, who was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet after seeing his shot fumbled on to the crossbar by Mat Ryan. Sprayed the ball around with ease, and was involved in the build-up to United’s third goal, slipping through a lovely ball to Martial, who laid it on a plate for Rashford to fire in off the woodwork. Hopefully more of the same is to come, with Pogba looking likely to be out until December at the earliest. 8/10

Andreas Pereira – Nothing really to write home about, although did grab his first goal since April, thanks to a lucky deflection. Lost Dunk for Brighton’s goal, which for all of two minutes had them back in the game, although questions have to be asked in relation to why Pereira was the man marking him in the first place. Fairly solid showing. 6.5/10

Daniel James – A livewire all afternoon once again, Brighton left-back Dan Burn will be having nightmares about the summer signing from Swansea for weeks to come, one would imagine. Had the beating of Burn all game long, and should have come away with an assist, had Rashford not squandered an open goal when it looked harder to miss. Whilst it was assumed that the young Welshman was brought in as a squad player, he has quickly established himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet. 8.5/10

Marcus Rashford – Like James, Rashford’s pace had Brighton’s back-line floundering for the majority of the game. A calm, collected finish for his goal, but could have come away with 4 or 5. 8/10

Anthony Martial – Whilst he didn’t get on the scoresheet himself, assisted Pereira for the opener and combined with Rashford for United’s third, staying cool after being forced out wide by Ryan. United look a much better side with the Frenchman leading the line. 8.5/10

Subs

Jesse Lingard – Replaced Pereira in the 70th minute, and in those 20 minutes put in a performance that we have come to expect lately. Never really got into the game or affected play in any way. 5/10

Marcos Rojo – Brought on in stoppage time simply so the Old Trafford faithful could show their appreciation for Williams. N/A

Mason Greenwood – Came on for Rashford in the dying embers. Nothing to report. N/A

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