Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion | Manchester United Player Ratings
At the Old Trafford, Manchester United hosted Brighton & Hove Albion for Soskjaer's 7th game in-charge looking continue their 100 per cent record and they did just that. The Red Devils put in a dominant performance against the 13th placed Brighton to emerge 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Pogba and Rashford.
Although United could have avoided conceding a goal, this victory has reaffirmed United's insistence on pushing for a top 4 spot in the Premier League. Moving on, let's us look at the player ratings of the Manchester United players against Brighton:
Manchester United Player Ratings:
David De Gea: 6.5/10
The United savior did not have much to do for the large portion of the match and was untroubled during the game. He could not have done anything about the goal United conceded and was mostly solid for United against Brighton.
Ashley Young: 7/10
The United skipper for the game started as the right back and had a good game. He was involved in most of the attacks from the right flank and found himself with a lot of space many times. Additionally, he was good while defending as well. Conclusively, he had a solid game as a right back and got the job done for his team.
Victor Lindelof: 7.5/10
The in-form Swede put in a really good display at the heart of the defence. With minimum threat from the Brighton attackers, Lindelof distributed the ball efficiently and even sent a sublime aerial through ball to Martial in the first half. Moreover, he constantly troubled the Brighton defenders from the set pieces. Lindelof's importance has been increasing recently and this performance against Brighton has done no harm to his growing reputation.
Phil Jones: 6/10
Jones, like other defenders, didn't have much to defend for majority of the game but could have done better in the goal United conceded through Pascal Grob's shot. Had it not been for Jones and Dalot's lack of judgement, United could have kept third successive clean sheet in the league. Other than this mistake, Jones was decent.
Diogo Dalot: 6.5/10
Dalot started in an unfamiliar left back position due to Shaw's late injury. He was good and active going forward and even assisted Rashford's goal in the first half. He, however, could have done a lot better for the goal that United conceded as he could not hold on to his marker. Other than this error, Dalot was reliable at the back and had a pretty good game.
Ander Herrera: 7/10
Ander Herrera, as always, worked hard for his team and along with Matic, brilliantly controlled the game. He had a pass accuracy of 90.3 % and even intercepted twice. He always looked to spread the play and even move forward to contribute to the attacks. All in all, Herrera had a solid game and contributed while both attacking and defending.
Nemanja Matic: 7.5/10
Critcized for his sluggish performances under Mourinho this season, Matic has been a vital cog for Soksjaer's impressive United and today was no different. Matic completely bossed the midfield and had a staggering 89 passes with 90.8 % accuracy. Moreover, he was excellent at switching the play as well as he completed a phenomenal 8 long passes. As for his defensive side, he completed an impressive 2 tackles and even won 6 duels.
Paul Pogba: 7.5/10
The revitalized Frenchman continued his blistering form as he won a penalty and further converted it to give the Red Devils the lead. He also showed neat footwork for the entire game and was involved in various attacks for United,
Jesse Lingard: 6.5/10
Although he was not fantastic and did not produce a goal for an assist, he worked hard for the team and covered a lot of ground including tracking back and supporting Young to stop Brighton from creating chances. He was eventually substituted in the second half.
Anthony Martial: 7/10
He would probably be disappointed for not scoring a goal today as one of his shots was remarkably saved by the Brighton keeper. As for the rest of the game, he constantly was trying to get past the defenders and was successful most of the times. Moreover, he was involved in most of the attacks which United made from the left wing.
Marcus Rashford: 8.5/10
The academy boy had a great game tonight as he scored in 4 successive league games for the first time in his career as a moment of individual brilliance in the first half doubled United's lead. He was lively for the whole game also sprayed some good passes to provide space for United to attack, To conclude, on his 150th appearance for Manchester United, he was by far United's best player.
Mata, Lukaku and Darmian: All three of the substitutes came on too late to have any telling impact on the game.Modified 19 Jan 2019, 23:47 IST