Player Ratings from West Brom Albion 1-2 Manchester United

David De Gea (6)

Unusually quiet game for the Spaniard although he could do nothing about the goal, with Barry poking in from close range. Scintillating goal kick nearly allowed Rashford to find the net.

Antonio Valencia (6)

Injured in the second half. One of those players you know you miss the most when he’s out of the team. Coped well with McClean’s paces down the left.

Phil Jones (7)

Typically tenacious and tough from the England international. His return against Bournemouth was worth a MOM performance. Ran close to achieving that again today.

Chris Smalling (7)

Forget a free get out of jail free card on Monopoly, Smalling performs the same role in Premier League stadia. Stunning last ditch challenges denied West Brom on countless occasions. If Smalling’s passing can improve then United may not need invest in another centre-back.

Ashley Young (6)

Luke Shaw’s return to form provides healthy competition for the left back post but Young’s ability to cross from both feet, added to experience, means that he is first choice.

Nemanja Matic (8)

Shored up the midfield in a sluggish battle against a granitic opposition shape. Ability to win loose balls second to none. Pushed United up the pitch through his forward thinking passing and movement.

Ander Herrera (5)

Lacked composure and overshone by midfield counterpart. Looks a shadow of his former-self.

Juan Mata (6)

Fluid in possession but lacks the killer instinct even though his lovely little lay-off did lead to Lingard’s goal. Could take a leaf out of David Silva’s book.

Jesse Lingard (7)

Energetic and ferocious in his intensity. The English attacking midfield never stopped pressing and was rewarded with a fortuitous goal.

Marcus Rashford (7)

Proved why Jose Mourinho’s choice to play him and not Martial in this game was the correct decision. Diligent and decisive, Rashford’s link up play excited the travelling cohort.

Romelu Lukaku (7)

After calls for Lukaku’s removal from the team the Belgian has scored twice in two games, United winning both. The side must realise that the striker is most effective when the Red Devils pound the opposition area with deliveries.

Marcos Rojo (4)

No warm up and looked sluggish after replacing the injured Valencia. Caught out for the goal.

Anthony Martial (5)

Had little impact to make an impression late on in the match.

Scott McTominay (6)

Was brought on to shore things up. United won 2-1. Job done.