EPL 2016/17 - Swansea City 1-3 Manchester United: Player Ratings
Manchester United ended a four-game winless run as they thumped Swansea at the Liberty stadium. Paul Pogba opened the scoring with a perfectly timed volley, before Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to put the game beyond Swansea’s reach in the first half. Bob Bradley’s men momentarily raised hopes of a comeback with a goal in the 69th minute, but United saw off the game professionally in the latter stages.
Here we analyse every player’s performance in the match at Wales and assign them a rating on a 10-point scale:
Lukasz Fabianski – 5
The Polish shot-stopper hardly made a save throughout the game. He should have denied United’s second from going in – Zlatan’s low shot creeping under his gloves.
Angel Rangel – 6.5
Rangel was the only saviour in an otherwise forgettable display from Swansea. He managed to stop Matteo Darmian’s crosses from finding his way into the box and even looked to outpace him on the attack on a couple of instances.
Mike van der Hoorn – 6
It was a poor display by the former Ajax defender as he looked reluctant to commit to any challenges on the United attackers throughout the game. He allowed the likes of Pogba and Fellaini far too much space to operate through the heart of the Swans’ defence. He receives extra ratings for his header to bring Bob Bradley’s men back into the game.
Alfie Mawson – 5
Like van der Hoorn, it was an equally insipid display from Mawson. He looked out of his depth and the aerial threat of Fellaini and Ibrahimovic was too massive a challenge for him to scale.
Stephen Kingsley – 5.5
The Swans full-back offered nothing going forward and was well shut down by Ashley Young.
Wayne Routledge – 5.5
The 31-year old made little impact in attack – failing to put any promising crosses into the box for Borja and Llorente to exploit. A poor display saw him substituted at half-time.
Leon Britton – 6
A handful of sideway passes by Britton was all he was resigned to do thanks to a dominant United display. Britton was just not able to find the right pass to open up the visitors’ midfield.
Ki Sung-Yeung – 6
He was guilty of standing off Zlatan for his first strike and failed to make any inroads through the Michael Carrick-marshalled midfield. However, he improved his game in the latter stages, helping them play from the back and initiate a challenge to the visitors.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6.5
A well-taken free kick to assist Swansea’s consolation is perhaps the only positive for the Icelandic midfielder, who looked slightly out of position having to operate from the wider areas.
Fernando Llorente – 5.5
The Spanish striker was isolated throughout the 45 minutes he was on the pitch. He received no service whatsoever and failed to test David de Gea.
Borja Baston – 5.5
Borja faced a similar plight as Llorente did – no service to test the United goalkeeper. Like Llorente, he too fired a blank in terms of shots on goal.
Mo Barrow – 6.5
He looked very promising since coming on, attempting to make pacy runs down the flank. However, he was well tracked down by Darmian. The Gambian winger had a fantastic opportunity to score for the Swans when he was left unmarked at the back post, but sliced his shot and made the save easier for de Gea to make.
Jefferson Montero – 7
Despite coming on only at half-time, Montero was Swansea’s most threatening aspect. He looked bullish down the left wing and forced Ashley Young into more defensive duty than he had to in the first half.
Leroy Fer – 6.5
The Dutch midfielder was pretty industrious in midfield during his 20 minutes of action. He switched out play to the wing in an attempt to stretch the United defence.