The Numbers Game: Sanchez the best of a bad bunch, as United hand the title to City

GK: David de Gea (6) – Made a good save from Jay Rodriguez in the first half. Barely worked throughout the game, and had no chance on saving the goal

RB: Antonio Valencia (5) – Once again, Valencia frustrated in attack- the Ecuadorian got forward frequently, but his final ball would fail to reach a red shirt

CB: Chris Smalling (6) – Played well, and made some good tackles on the rare occasions that West Brom countered. Had a good late chance saved by Ben Foster

CB: Victor Lindelof (6) – Decent outing for the Swede, as he acquitted himself well whenever challenged

LB: Ashley Young (5) – Similar to Valencia on the opposite flank; Young got forward but was extremely wasteful with the ball. Taken off after West Brom’s goal

CM: Nemanja Matic (6) – Was his usual tidy self in front of the defence, keeping things ticking along without doing anything flashy

CM: Paul Pogba (5) – After a sublime performance to haul United in front of City last weekend, this was an infuriating reversion for the Frenchman. Booked for a blatant handball in the box, Pogba was guilty of over-complicating things too often, and was taken off with half an hour to play and the score goalless

CM: Ander Herrera (5) – Typical energetic display from the former Bilbao man, but was taken off at half-time

RW: Juan Mata (6) – Mata tried his best to influence things, drifting across the pitch and linking up with his fellow attackers. Faded tremendously in the second half

LW: Alexis Sanchez (6) – Carried on from the City game, as he consistently won the ball back and played some lovely passes

CF: Romelu Lukaku (5) – Lukaku had a decent first half, seeing Foster save from close range before a bad first touch took another chance away from him. The Belgian was denied by a brilliant save from the West Brom keeper in the second half, and lost Jay Rodriguez for the decisive goal

Substitutes

Jesse Lingard (5) – Came on at half-time. Had one good effort deflected just wide

Anthony Martial (3) – Came on for Pogba, but was extremely poor

Marcus Rashford (3) – Replaced Young, but failed to impact the game

Man of the Match: Alexis Sanchez

It was a horror show from United, with hardly any player emerging with any credit. Sanchez was the only player in red looking to make something happen, and it is by virtue of his slightly above average performance that he gets the man of the match from me, which truly tells one how bad the rest of the side were.

About the Author

Harshal Patel
I like to analyze and write about football tactics, or just football as well. Manchester United obsessed, and hoping that the good times return soon.