Computing the player ratings for the match against Liverpool is probably one of the most painstaking activities for a Man United fan right now. Following a poor run of form, another denting display saw the Red Devils perish 0-4 at the hands of their arch-rivals at Anfield on Tuesday. While few expected United to clinch a point against the Reds, a distasteful thumping saw the visitors deliver, yet another, apathetic performance.
Having failed to impose themselves on the opposition throughout the ninety minutes, Man United struggled to cope with the tactical advances of Liverpool from the first whistle. A lack of awareness and chemistry amongst United’s defenders resulted in the visitors conceding first from open play within the first five minutes.
From thereon, things grew increasingly sour for Ralf Rangnick’s side as they struggled to remain disciplined, with and without possession. As a result, they failed to apply pressure on the opposition throughout the ninety minutes and crumbled like a pyramid of cards.
With performances continuing to dip in quality and application, few remain hopeful for the club’s prospects over the coming weeks. Given their repetitive struggles to deliver promising and coherent displays, the Red Devils remain a side likely to continue failing under the current leadership, both, on and off the pitch.
David De Gea (GK) – 6/10: With the team’s defensive line failing to cope with Liverpool’s transitions, De Gea, once again, fell victim to United’s incompetence on the pitch. Having been the team’s most consistent performer this season, the Spaniard will be looking to finish the season on a strong note.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 5/10: Included to sure up the defence, Wan-Bissaka emerged amongst United’s relatively reliable defenders on Tuesday. However, having struggled to contribute in attack, it remains to be seen if the full-back retains his place in the starting line-up next weekend.
Victor Lindelof (RCB) – 4/10: Having struggled to cope with Liverpool’s transitions, Lindelof failed to deliver a notable performance at Anfield. Nevertheless, amongst the team’s more reliable centre-backs, the Swedish international will be keen on finding his form over the coming weeks.
Phil Jones (CB) – 5/10: A surprise inclusion in the starting line-up, Jones delivered a decent performance on Tuesday. Unlikely to retain his spot next weekend, it remains to be seen if Jones is granted any more game-time over the remainder of the season.
Harry Maguire (LCB) – 1/10: An epitome of diminishing lack of application on the pitch for Man United, Maguire’s errors, yet again, contributed to the humiliating result against Liverpool. Having repeatedly failed to justify his place in the starting line-up, it remains to be seen if the Englishman retains his spot in the line-up at the weekend.
Diogo Dalot (LB) – 4/10: Having struggled to stifle Liverpool’s advances down the flank, Dalot remained an unconvincing figure for most of the ninety minutes. However, having delivered a promising performance this season, Dalot will be keen on improving his contributions over the remainder of the season.
Nemanja Matic (CDM) – 5/10: An inadequate performance saw Matic struggle to deal with Liverpool’s comparably dynamic midfield on Tuesday. With Scott McTominay likely to return to the starting line-up, it remains to be seen if the Serbian retains his spot against Arsenal this weekend.
Paul Pogba (CM) – 6/10: A calf injury saw Pogba substituted within the first ten minutes on Tuesday. Unlikely to return anytime soon, it remains to be seen if the Frenchman makes an appearance for the club over the remainder of the season. His contract also expires at the end of the season, so it is likely that he has played his last match for United.
Bruno Fernandes (CAM) – 3/10: Another disappointing performance saw the Man United playmaker struggle to deliver a notable performance against Liverpool. Having shown little promise vis-à-vis improvement, it remains to be seen if the midfielder delivers impactful performances over the coming weeks.
Anthony Elanga (RF) – 5/10: United’s most lively figure in attack, Elanga delivered a decent performance against the Reds. Expected to gain minutes over the remaining fixtures, the youngster will be keen on improving his contributions, moving forward.
Marcus Rashford (LF) – 4/10: Another underwhelming performance saw Rashford fail to have a notable impact on Tuesday. Having repeatedly failed to justify his opportunities, it remains unlikely for the winger to redeem himself over the coming weeks.
Jesse Lingard (CM) – 4/10: Introduced to replace an injured Pogba early in the game, Lingard failed to have an impact against Liverpool. With the team plagued with injuries, it remains to be seen if the midfielder earns a place in the starting line-up this weekend.
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Jadon Sancho (LW) – 6/10: An energetic performance saw Sancho unsettle the home side’s defensive line on Tuesday. Although having failed to register a goal contribution, the youngster remained amongst United’s better-performing players against Liverpool.
Hannibal Mejbri (CM) – 6/10: A tenacious cameo saw Mejbri deliver a notable performance on Tuesday. Having shown infectious desire and application on the pitch, the youngster will be hoping to earn additional minutes over the remainder of the season.
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