When looking at Newcastle’s performance yesterday, I thought it was worth having a look at what the Manchester United player ratings were from the perspective of their fans.
What opposition supporters make of their own team’s display, often tells you a lot about your own.
These are Manchester United player ratings/comments from the Man Utd fan website OldTraffordFaithful:
Sergio Romero – Didn’t have an awful lot to do once again. 6/10
Matteo Darmian – Continued his fine form. Buccaneered up the right flank all-game long. 7/10
Chris Smalling – Played well once again. Didn’t give the Newcastle strikers a sniff. 8/10
Daley Blind – Played the ball out from the back nicely. 7/10
Luke Shaw – Bombed forward wherever possible. Forming a nice partnership with Depay. 7/10
Morgan Schneiderlin – Controlled the midfield. Could do with more going forward though. 6/10
Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bossed it but didn’t really threaten. 6/10
Juan Mata – Took some nice touches and made some nice passes. 6/10
Adnan Januzaj – Looked good for half an hour but struggled thereafter. 5/10
Memphis Depay – Disappointing. Looked as though he was trying too hard. 4/10
Wayne Rooney – Poor albeit scoring a goal that should’ve been onside. Lacked any kind of first touch and couldn’t hold the ball up. 4/10
Michael Carrick – Much better display but couldn’t force a goal.
Javier Hernandez – Looked lively.
Antonio Valencia – Not enough time to mark.
The mark for Memphis Depay caught my eye especially, with no other player getting less than his 4 out of 10.
The first 20 minutes saw the Dutch signing take Chancel Mbemba apart, although there was no end product. Once Newcastle sorted out their midfield/defending around that 20 or so minute point, Depay found it far more difficult to produce anything and in contrast Mbemba looked good going forward and almost notched an assist when Mitrovic struck the bar.
Looking at the Manchester United player ratings overall, interesting to see that it is their defence that get the best ratings, all of the back four getting higher marks than any other player.
Considering the home side had 70% of the possession, it is questionable just how much the Man U defence had to do.
In fact on the rare occasions Newcastle did get up the pitch they had quite a bit of joy and the one decent cross Mitrovic got, saw him easily beat Smalling and only the woodwork saved them.
Perez put one just past the post after a poor clearance and Thauvin was only inches away in those final seconds, with NUFC’s counter-attack outpacing the retreating Man Utd defence.
The poor marks for the home team’s midfield and attack is to me, credit to Newcastle for doing such a good job of defending and cancelling them out, after that opening period of the match.
What both teams were lacking was a real cutting edge but the great news for Newcastle fans is that the likes of Thauvin, Wijnaldum and Mitrovic are just settling with clearly much more to come.
Nice to be looking forward to the potential that could be unleashed, hopefully starting on Saturday (assuming Tuesday against Northampton will see a much changed team) Arsenal.
(To give your own ratings on the Newcastle players go HERE)