Lukaku impresses as United progress

Sergio Romero (6)

Back in action for FA Cup duty and his impressive clean sheet record continued. A few nervy moments but not a bad performance for a goalkeeper constantly in the shadow of the world’s best in De Gea.

Ashley Young (4)

Unlucky not to have found himself with an assist, but VAR had other ideas. Poor defensively against the pace of the Huddersfield strike-force.

Victor Lindelof (5)

If a player could sum up inconsistency then Lindelof is that player. The potential is staggering yet the mental blocks are strong. Nervy on the ball yet startlingly good when jockeying attackers. He will get better but it was the same mix ans mash against Huddersfield.

Chris Smalling (4)

An improvement on his recent shambles against Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United. But still weak on the ball, lacking conviction to find the channels to the midfield. Bailly is back and will stay in the team.

Luke Shaw (5)

Had his work cut out but no doubt gave 100%. Home side targeted the left and with Shaw’s positioning terrible on occasions he was caught out. Perhaps too eager at times. Will undoubtedly learn from this.

Nemanja Matic (4)

Caught out in midfield. Struggles against sides pressing and got to be precise. Even for a player like Matic, looking at how Carrick weaves through space is advisable.

Michael Carrick (6)

Class is permanent. Effortless performance and makes the game look easy. Shrugged off pressure and kept up a near perfect pass percentage rate.

Scott McTominay (5)

In for the bed-ridden Pogba and took a long time to adapt to the game. Squandered possession too many games but did grow over the 90 minutes.

Juan Mata (6)

Scored one of the most famous goals in recent football history. Not due to the quality but the lack of quality from VAR afterwards. Neat and dogged once again from the right.

Alexis Sanchez (5)

Not one of his finest performances. Didn’t track back enough to help Shaw but through ball to Lukaku in second half was in essence a metaphor of his game.

Romelu Lukaku (8)

Near his brilliant best. Subject to criticism from both United and rival fans this year but two clinically taken goals under severe pressure proved that he is the man to take the Red Devils forward.


Anthony Martial (5)

Gave something for Huddersfield to worry about on the break.

Jesse Lingard (5)

Extra legs late on.

Eric Bailly (N/A)

He’s back.