Player Ratings from Manchester United’s narrow win against Brighton and Hove Albion

David De Gea (6)

Having lost his Premier League clean sheet record at Old Trafford last week, De Gea was in no mood to concede another. A quieter afternoon but will have to be on his game on Tuesday against Watford.

Antonio Valencia (5)

Poor decision making throughout the match in one of his worst performances of the season. Crosses rarely found their target.

Victor Lindelof (7)

His cutting-edge tackle on Anthony Knockaert brought the crowd to their feet. Confidence will be an issue for the Swede but winning the individual battle against Glenn Murray will do him no harm.

Chris Smalling (7)

Passing ability can be his downfall but a stalwart in the air and continues to provide a dominant aura in the box.

Ashley Young (8)

His first half positioning was all over the place but a second half-recovery speaks volumes about the experience and mental strength that Young possesses. Deserved the goal albeit it was a lucky break.

Nemanja Matic (6)

Predictably potent and powerful. Continues to impress on a consistent basis in breaking up opposition attacks. Few array passes marred his overall performance.

Paul Pogba (7)

By a distance United’s most talented outfield player. For large proportions of the match, the side were dependent on his know-how in pulling the strings in midfield. Unlucky not to score just before half-time.

Juan Mata (4)

Started on the right and then switched to the middle. Overpowered by Brighton’s midfield and did not look at home in the match. Out of form and needs to go back to basics.

Marcus Rashford (5)

Energetic and creative again but lacked the end product. A flurry of corners gave the English international the chance to whip a dangerous looping ball into the box, but Rashford’s deliveries didn’t pose too much of a threat.

Anthony Martial (6)

The Frenchman’s creative eye was on show at Old Trafford again but Brighton knew the danger and doubled up on him. A frustrating afternoon for Martial.

Romelu Lukaku (6)

A wayward shot early on summed up his afternoon. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was introduced later on to help out Lukaku as United struggled to find the net.’


Zlatan Ibrahimovic (6)

Obvious to see the Swede is not fully fit but showed signs of the prolific striker that he is. Unlucky not to hit the target from a rushed effort late on after a delicious one-two with Pogba.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (5)

Not much time too impress but such an option to have off the bench highlights United’s strength in depth.

Marouanne Fellaini (5)

Shored things up late on. Contract dispute a distraction.