Player Ratings from Manchester United 2-0 Huddersfield Town

David De Gea (7)

Highlight of the game for De Gea was the knowledge that this would be his 300th appearance for the club. Virtually had nothing to do all match, taking up a role as a spectator.

Antonio Valencia (6)

Van La Parra triumphed in the 50/50 battle with Valencia, limiting the United right-back down the channel to cross the ball into the box.

Chris Smalling (6)

Recovered from the utterly shambolic performance against Tottenham Hotspur, but still looked nervous. Key tackle on Depoitre crucial given its timing in the game.

Marcos Rojo (7)

Vital header kept Huddersfield out in the first half. Will likely start with Eric Bailly in the future to form United’s first choice partnership at the back.

Luke Shaw (6)

Should be the club’s first choice left-back given his ability to race down the left, and most crucially overlap the winger. Link-up play with Sanchez neat but consistently crowded out.

Scott McTominay (5)

Taken out by Kongolo in the first half in what was one of the most blatant penalty decisions you will see this season. Struggled in periods but raw talent clear to see and this will be a learning curve.

Nemanja Matic (6)

Controlled the tempo of the midfield against a Huddersfield team who liked to press at every opportunity. Needs a rest though.

Juan Mata (7)

Stunning curve for the cross on the opening goal made Lukaku’s job a fair bit easier. Lack of pace on counter-attacks predictably worrying but technically, again, awesome.

Jesse Lingard (6)

With Mourinho adopting a 4-2-3-1 formation, Lingard found himself playing in such a narrow area that it was difficult to form any real threatening move in the middle of the park. Subbed off on the hour.

Alexis Sanchez (8)

Attitude, drive and the will to win unprecedented in a United player for a very long time. Constant need to power forward drove Huddersfield’s back-line back. Goal on debut from the rebounded penalty a symbolic moment for the Chilean.

Romelu Lukaku (7)

Stagnated early on but the mark of a good striker is in a game of little opportunities you take the ones which come your way. Lukaku did and it ultimately proved pivotal.


Paul Pogba (6)

Dropped after seemingly ignoring Mourinho’s instructions against Spurs. Powerful presence again but result had already been decided by then.

Marcus Rashford (6)

Bursts of acceleration welcome late on but couldn’t find the finishing touch.

Anthony Martial (6)

Came on for Lukaku in last ten minutes and made a rare appearance up top.