We present to you the Manchester United player ratings in a disastrous display against Brighton & Hove Albion that culminated in yet another inexcusable result as the Red Devils suffered a humiliating 0-4 loss on Saturday. Despite heading into the fixture on the back of an impressive result against Brentford, Ralf Rangnick’s side struggled to impose themselves throughout the ninety minutes.
With their hopes to secure Europa League football expected to grow slimmer given their challengers’ fixture list, United will be hoping for a miracle if they are to qualify for Europe at all next season.
Another weekend, the same old United. Sustained pressure alongside an appetite to dictate the intensity of the tie saw Brighton & Hove Albion dominate possession against United whilst creating numerous goal-scoring opportunities from the first whistle on Saturday. A sharp strike by Moises Caicedo from outside the 18-yard-box resulted in giving the hosts a well-deserved lead as the Seagulls continued to remain tenacious throughout the first half.
A merciless second half saw the hosts rip through an apathetic and average United on the pitch as the Seagulls struck thrice in the fifteen minutes following the resumption after the break. Although the Red Devils succeeded in creating a handful of goal-scoring opportunities following their dismantling, a resolute Brighton & Hove Albion ensured they secured their biggest win in the top-flight.
David De Gea (GK) – 5/10: Having conceded 16 goals in his last five away Premier League games, De Gea remained a spectator to the team’s downfall on Saturday. Amongst the team’s better-performing players this season, the Spaniard will be hoping for a clean sheet in the final fixture of the league campaign against Crystal Palace.
Diogo Dalot (RB) – 3/10: At fault for a handful of goals, Dalot struggled to cope with Brighton’s aggressive attacks from the right on Saturday. Although having been amongst the team’s better-performing players this season, Dalot remains amongst a raft of players yet to deliver consistent contributions moving into the final fixture of the campaign.
Victor Lindelof (RCB) – 3/10: An inadequate display saw Lindelof struggle to cope with Brighton’s fluidity across the 18-yard-box. With Harry Maguire back from injury, the Swedish international is unlikely to retain his place in the starting line-up against Crystal Palace later this month.
Raphael Varane (LCB) – 3/10: Hesitant in possession, Varane failed to deliver an imposing performance against Brighton. Amongst the team’s better-performing defenders this season, the Frenchman will be keen on contributing to the team’s prospects heading into the final game of the season.
Alex Telles (LB) – 3/10: A lack of defensive solidity saw Telles fail to contain Brighton’s penetrating attacks throughout the game on Saturday. With the team lacking options in the left-back position, the Brazilian is likely to retain his place in the line-up against Palace.
Nemanja Matic (CDM) – 5/10: Substituted at half-time, Matic struggled to cope with Brighton’s comparably proactive and tenacious midfield. Unlikely to retain his place in the starting line-up against Crystal Palace, the Serbian may have registered his final start for the Red Devils at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
Scott McTominay (CM) – 2/10: Having failed to justify a place in the starting line-up repeatedly, McTominay, yet again, struggled to gain control of the midfield against Brighton. Amongst the players seemingly inadequate to cement himself amongst the first names on the team sheet, it remains to be seen if the Scotsman remains an integral part of the squad under Erik Ten Hag next season.
Juan Mata (CAM) – 5/10: A victim of the team’s failure to retain possession on Saturday, Mata remained ineffective throughout his time on the pitch. Having shown palpable desire in recent outings, the Spaniard will be keen on retaining his place in the starting line-up against Crystal Palace.
Anthony Elanga (RW) – 3/10: A lack of discipline combined with lethargic application saw Elanga fail to contain Brighton’s attacks down the left flank on Saturday. Having been a breath of fresh air since Rangnick’s appointment, the youngster will be keen on continuing to remain a part of the first-team squad next season.
Bruno Fernandes (LW) – 4/10: Although composed in possession, lack of penetration into the attacking third saw Fernandes struggle to have a notable impact against Brighton. Having severely underperformed in recent months, the midfielder will be keen on improving his overall attributes before the new campaign.
Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) – 5/10: A victim of the team’s lack of application on the pitch, Ronaldo failed to have an impact on Saturday. With his future at the club uncertain, it remains to be seen if the Portuguese striker seeks to remain a part of the supposed rebuild of the club next season.
Edinson Cavani (ST) – 5/10: Besides having come close to scoring a goal for United, Cavani remained a largely unimpactful presence on the pitch against Brighton & Hove Albion. Expected to leave the club in the summer, the Uruguayan will be looking to deliver a notable performance against Palace.
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Fred (CM) – 5/10: Expected to start the game, Fred remained ineffective on the pitch following his introduction. Having been amongst a handful of impactful players under Rangnick, the Brazilian is likely to retain his place in the starting line-up in the final game of the season.
Harry Maguire (CB) – 6/10: Introduced to sure up the defence, Maguire delivered a decent cameo against Brighton. Expected to retain his place in the starting line-up against Palace, the centre-back will be looking to deliver an impactful performance in the final tie of the campaign.
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