Manchester United Players Rated from the 4-1 Win over Newcastle United

Here’s how the Manchester United players fared in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday:

De Gea- 6.5

Was well beaten by Dwight Gayle’s superb finish, as he conceded the first league goal at Old Trafford since early April. Made a few crucial saves after that, most notably from Isaac Hayden’s long-range strike which helped him preserve his side’s half-time lead.

Valencia- 6.5

Was solid in defence but didn’t provide a threatening attacking outlet down the right. Completed a superb cross for Lukaku but the Belgian forward shot it way over the bar.

Lindelof- 6

His slip coincided with Gayle putting the ball past De Gea into the net. Despite the fault which led to the opener, the Swedish remained confident and looked solid as the match went on. His one magnificent cross for Lukaku showed his credentials as a ball-playing defender and how he could supplement the attack.

Smalling- 6.5

Was equally on fault for Gayle’s opening goal but made amends with a solid headed goal just before half time. Looked secure in defence after the break.

Young- 7

Has had a superb time lately and tonight was no different. His inch-perfect cross was met superbly by Smalling who made the score 2-1.

Matic- 6.5

Looked invisible for the first 30 minutes but settled down as the game went on. Was energetic and industrious as he covered the most distance on the pitch.

Pogba- 8.5

He couldn’t have had a better comeback. The Frenchman ran the show against Benitez’s side, and after a superb assist for Martial, he managed to get on the score sheet himself to cap off an outstanding performance. Was replaced by Fellaini after the hour mark.

Mata- 6

Didn’t do anything wrong but failed to take his rare chance at No.10. Shifted to the right after the break and was later subbed off.

Rashford- 7

Was having a decent game until he provided the clever headed pass for Pogba’s goal, after which he was having a great game.

Martial- 7.5

Equalised in stunning fashion with a solid header off Pogba’s cross, and caught the eye with skilled dribbling and dangerous crosses from the left. Looks set to continue on the left in the next game.

Lukaku- 7

Missed two glorious chances in the first half, but had a hand in Pogba’s third after which he finally broke his own duck with a composed finish.


Fellaini- 6

Replaced Pogba and steadied the midfield.

Ibrahimovic- 6

Every touch in the first few minutes was met by loud cheers from the fans. Looked sharp and forced a save from a brilliant overhead kick.

Herrera- NA

Came on too late to make an impact.

Subs Not Used- Romero, Rojo, Shaw, Lingard.