Here are the Manchester United player ratings from their unsatisfactory 2-2 draw against Leeds United in the mid-week Premier League fixture.
Despite a competitive second-half display, a lack of composure saw the Red Devils only manage to secure a draw against Leeds on Wednesday, as Erik ten Hag’s men continue aiming to strengthen their position in the top-four. With the fixture schedule set to get increasingly demanding over the coming weeks, United will be keen on gaining maximum points moving forward.
Struggling to cope with Leeds’ intensity and counter-press from the first whistle, the Red Devils failed to retain control of the game for a major part of the first half. Following a lapse in possession from the home side, the visitors ensured they struck first through Wilfried Gnonto’s precise shot beating David de Gea at the near post from the edge of the 18-yard box.
Although Manchester United gradually grew into the first half, missed opportunities in front of the Leeds goal combined with a lack of control in midfield saw Erik ten Hag’s side head into the break with a one-goal deficit at the Old Trafford.
Similar to the start in the first half, United, once again, struggled to cope with the visitors’ intensity when the second half kicked off. Failing to keep up with the Whites’ fluid attacking transitions, the Red Devils conceded their second goal three minutes into the half after a low-cross deflected off Raphael Varane’s boot to find its way into the back of the net.
Needing to regain control of the game, a power-packed comeback from the hosts saw them level the score through Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho in the 62nd and 70th minute respectively as the Red Devils poised themselves for a winning goal over the remainder of the twenty minutes of the game.
However, with Leeds United succeeding in retaining a semblance of control, Manchester United eventually failed to find the winner at the Theatre of Dreams.
Manchester United Player Ratings Vs Leeds United: Starting XI
David De Gea (GK) – 6/10: Having produced a number of crucial saves on Wednesday, De Gea delivered a decent performance against Leeds. Expected to remain a crucial part of the team’s prospects over the coming weeks, the Spaniard will be keen on performing to the best of his abilities moving forward.
Diogo Dalot (RB) – 6/10: A decent performance considering his early return after recovering from a hamstring injury, Dalot delivered a reliable performance against the Whites. Expected to retain his place in the starting line-up moving forward, the Portuguese full-back will be keen on returning to his best form over the coming fixtures.
Raphael Varane (RCB) – 6/10: Decent in his display, Varane delivered a reliable performance on Wednesday. Although having made a number of unforced errors, the French centre-back will be keen on remaining steady in his displays moving forward.
Lisandro Martinez (LCB) – 7/10: Imposing in his application, Martinez delivered an excellent performance against Leeds. With the Argentine having proven to be amongst the most reliable players under Ten Hag, the centre-back will be looking to make the best of his opportunities over the remainder of the season.
Luke Shaw (LB) – 6/10: Decent in his display, Shaw delivered a notable performance on Wednesday. With the left-back having been amongst the most compelling performers in recent weeks, Shaw will be keen on performing to the best of his abilities moving forward.
Marcel Sabitzer (CM) – 6/10: Although having initially struggled to cope with Leeds’ counter-press, Sabitzer ensured he grew into the game at Old Trafford. With the Austrian international expected to emerge as an integral part of Ten Hag’s plans, Sabitzer will be keen on performing to the best of his abilities over the coming fixtures.
Fred (CM) – 4/10: Failing to deliver an impactful display, Fred failed to make the best of his opportunity on Wednesday. With the midfielder yet to remain consistent in his displays, the Brazilian international will be keen on improving his standard of the output moving forward.
Marcus Rashford (RW) – 6/10: Whilst relatively unimpactful for the most part of the ninety minutes, Rashford ensured he initiated United’s comeback on Wednesday. Having been the team’s most consistent goal-scorer this season, the forward will be keen on maintaining his standard on the pitch over the coming fixtures.
Bruno Fernandes (GK) – 6/10: Decent in his performance, Fernandes had an impactful game on Wednesday. With the midfielder crucial to Ten Hag’s system, the Portuguese international will be keen on continuing to improve his displays over the coming weeks.
Alejandro Garnacho (LW) – 6/10: Impactful in possession, Garnacho delivered a decent performance against Leeds. With the Argentine having been amongst the team’s most impressive players this season, Garnacho will be keen on continuing to deliver notable contributions moving forward.
Wout Weghorst (ST) – 5/10: Crying out for service into the penalty area, Weghorst struggled to deliver a notable display on Wednesday. With the forward expected to retain his place in the starting line-up, the forward will be keen on improving his output moving forward.
Manchester United Player Ratings Vs Leeds United: Substitutes
Jadon Sancho (LW) – 7/10: Having scored the equaliser on Wednesday, Sancho delivered an excellent cameo display at Old Trafford. Likely to be considered for a start this weekend, the winger will be keen on returning to his best form over the coming fixtures.
Facundo Pellistri (RW) – 6/10: Likely to be granted game-time moving forward, the Manchester United youngster delivered a decent performance against Leeds. With Pellistri having been promising in his cameos in recent weeks, the winger will be looking to make the best of his opportunities over the coming weeks.
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Tyrell Malacia (RB) – 6/10: Decent in his performance, Malacia will be keen on staking a claim for a starting spot over the coming fixtures. With the full-back likely to be granted game-time, the Dutch international will be keen on making the best of his opportunities moving forward.
Victor Lindelof (CDM) – 6/10: Decent in his cameo, Lindelof will be keen on making the best of opportunities. With the centre-back likely to be granted playing time over the coming weeks, the Swedish international will be looking to deliver notable contributions over the coming fixtures.
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