Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United side were totally outclassed for long periods of the game in the 2-0 defeat to high-flyers Liverpool at Anfield.
The result is not at all surprising considering the dominance of Jurgen Klopp’s side this campaign coupled with the inconsistency of United. Liverpool looked capable of scoring at will and United were lucky to escape having only conceded two.
United were given a glimpse of hope when Liverpool stepped off the gas midway through the second half and Anthony Martial came to rue his missed chance, firing over the bar from close range.
But the result was a fair reflection of the game after Liverpool had the ball in United’s net three times in the first half only to take a 1-0 lead into the break because of intervention from the linesman and VAR.
We take a look at United’s best and worst performers on a day to forget for travelling fans.
David De Gea – 6
The only reason United didn’t lose by more. Made a number of good stops, most notable tipping Jordan Henderson’s strike onto the post. You could argue he was a little lucky to be given a free-kick after colliding with Virgil van Dijk ending up with the ball in the net. Saved his team with superb shot-stopping yet again.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 5
Looked a little lost on the right-hand side. He recovered well when caught high up the pitch and didn’t give Sadio Mane too much joy, but still needs to work on his attacking game. However, he was unlucky not to get an assist after Pereira squandered a chance from close range from his pass.
Victor Lindelof – 3
One step forward and two steps back for the Swede. Has looked calm and collected in some games but was complacent and overrun against Liverpool. A tough front three for anyone to deal with but not his best performance.
Harry Maguire – 3
His first start as the newly appointed club captain didn’t go to plan. Got caught for the goal, beaten in the air by van Dijk who looked a threat from every set-piece. Overly aggressive at times, getting himself rolled by Liverpool’s attackers and finding himself out of position. Needs to improve and become United’s leader.
Luke Shaw – 5
Played as a left centre-back for the majority of the game and didn’t look too out of place. Kept Mo Salah relatively quiet throughout and provided important cover at times. Need to see more consistency from the full-back.
Brandon Williams – 5
He gave it his all, as we’ve come to expect from the teenager. Never one to shy away from receiving and driving forward with the ball. Tried to provide attacking intent in the wing-back role but he wasn’t afforded too much space. Plenty of effort but no real impact.
Fred – 6
United’s best outfield player by a distance. Quickly establishing himself as a fan-favourite due to his tenacious approach and always giving 110%. He kickstarted many of United’s attacks with interceptions and did his best to carve out opportunities for his struggling side.
Nemanja Matic – 4
Another sluggish performance from the midfield veteran. Held onto the ball for too long and didn’t look forward quickly enough. Proved his legs were gone with Liverpool’s pacey counter-attacks too much to handle for the Serbian.
Andreas Pereira – 2
Another unimpressive outing for the Brazilian. He always gives it his all but gives the ball away far too often. Had plenty of it in the second-half but failed to create anything for his team. Should have probably scored in the first half from Wan-Bissaka’s cross.
Daniel James – 4
A pretty quiet game by the Welshman’s standards. Didn’t receive enough of the ball to his feet and was unable to drive at Liverpool’s defence. Struggled to make an impact.
Anthony Martial – 4
United’s no.9 looked better coming in off the left-hand side with the ball at his feet rather than receiving it with his back to goal. He had one clear-cut opportunity which he blazed over the bar from close range. Those are the sort of chances you have to take against teams like Liverpool and at 1-1 it would have been game on.
Juan Mata – 4
Received the ball around the box at every opportunity and tried to thread passes through as he always does. Didn’t have enough time to turn the game around.
Mason Greenwood – 4
The teenager was probably introduced slightly too late by Solskjaer. Had no real opportunity but you would have fancied him to bury Martial’s chance. He deserves more starts in the league, especially with Marcus Rashford out for the foreseeable future.
Diogo Dalot – N/A
Put balls into the box but didn’t have enough time to make an impact.