Man Utd vs Stoke Player Ratings

David De Gea 7 – One nervous moment under a high ball first half but one top class stop from Shaqiri towards the end of first half. Could have been given an umbrella to shield from the rain in the second.

Luke Shaw 6 – never stopped getting forward. Although Martial took most of the ball his overlapping runs allowed the Frenchman the space to do his thing. By far United’s best left back and would be a travesty if left out for Young upon his return.

Phil Jones 7 – one unbelievable block to deny a certain goal first half and was solid throughout. Been United’s best defender all season.

Chris Smalling 6 – Steady enough alongside Jones other than one calamitous moment towards the end of the game that almost saw Diouf score. Much better option than Rojo in Bailly’s absence.

Antonio Valencia 7 – good to see him return so quickly and not for the first time scored a belting opener at Old Trafford against a side in blue. Probably deserves a 10 just for scoring with his left foot. Rampaging runs forward as ever.

Nemanja Matic 6 – typical Matic, broke play up when he didn’t have the ball and kept it simple when he did. Nothing spectacular but allowed Pogba and Lingard to go and play.

Paul Pogba 9 – absolutely superb all night. Vision, passing ability, power, pace and 2 assists. Only reason it wasn’t a 10 was because of a few moments in the first half when not tracking runner from midfield which will cost United in big games. Man of the Match, just.

Jesse Lingard 6 – been brilliant in recent weeks but quieter against Stoke. Didn’t get any goal scoring opportunities but tireless once again and makes space for Pogba, Martial and more importantly gets past Lukaku.

Anthony Martial 8 – few frustrating in first 20 minutes but after that was brilliant. World class finish for his goal and great ball to assist Lukaku. Was a constant threat as he has been all season before inevitably being subbed for Rashford.

Juan Mata 7 – steady and calming influence as ever. Sloppy on the ball at times in first half but popped up in great areas and unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. Makes space for Valencia down the right.

Romelu Lukaku 9 – brilliant performance from the big Belgian who seems to have got his confidence back. His hold up play and movement was superb and rounded it off with a great goal. Could have had more, great to see him back to his best and close to being my Man of the Match.

Marcus Rashford – only played 10 minutes but was bright and easily could have scored.

Marouane Fellaini – came on with Rashford and didn’t impact the game.

Scott Mctominay – no time to influence the game.

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