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Manchester United vs Sheffield United: Manchester United Player Ratings

  • Manchester United vs Sheffield United: Manchester United Player Ratings

Manchester United left it very late before squeezing past Sheffield United in their F.A Cup Third Round tie at Old Trafford. 

A Wayne Rooney penalty in the 93rd minute broke the 0-0 deadlock and handed the Red Devils a pass through to the fourth round.

Despite the win it was another disappointing performance from Louis Van Gaal's men. A plethora of possession was rarely converted into chances and ensured the growing frustration remains inside Old Trafford. 

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Player Ratings:

David De Gea: 6 - Had very little to but but was impeccable when called upon. Showed good distribution and positioning.

Matteo Darmian: 6 - Started well by getting forward and joining in the attack. Looked more reliable defensively than he has in the recent past but still a level below where he was at the beginning of the season.

Chris Smalling: 7 - Completely dominant physically. Did not allow any Sheffield player the time to turn and run with the ball. The pick of United's defenders.

Daley Blind: 6.5 - Showed his range of passing with some brilliant long diagonal balls. Still suspect at times defensively but with Smalling mopping up everything beside him it was not a real concern.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson: 6 - A decent performance from the youngster. Crossing was inconsistent at times but he defended well and put his hand up for more first-team football.

Marouane Fellaini: 6 - Started alongside Schweinsteiger and did well enough. Kept the ball well and made some good interceptions. Was pushed forward in the second-half but his impact was minimal.

Bastian Schweinsteiger: 5.5 - Worked hard but just seems to lack the bit of quality that he had in his prime. Considering the level of the opponent Schweinsteiger should have been dominant, and while he was OK he will be expecting more.

Juan Mata: 5 - Had little impact. Popped up in some good areas and showed the occasional good touch or pass but it was not often enough for a player of his ability.

Ander Herrera: 5 - A poor game. Had his name chanted by the fans when he was substituted but it was not deserved. Did very little in possession when he should have been the creative hub of the team.

Anthony Martial: 5.5 - Tried to be positive with his movement and dribbling but nothing would come off for him. The kind of inconsistent performance you would expect from a youngster.

Wayne Rooney: 6 - Scored the penalty which maybe inflates his rating a little. Started the match well with some good movement, touches and passing. However when he dropped deeper in the second-half he was anonymous and his poor first touch returned.

Substitutes:

Memphis Depay: 6.5 - Was bright and positive. Had a few long-range shots that went close, and his dribbling was a constant threat. A good run from him won the penalty.

Jesse Lingard: 4.5 - Struggled to control passes and looked off the pace. No impact.

Andreas Pereira: 5 - Had little time to make an impact but did show some good vision.

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