Manchester United player ratings vs Bournemouth

Manchester United ended the calendar year on a high note after they secured a third-straight league victory under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Red Devils romped to a comfortable 4-1 triumph over Bournemouth on Sunday with Paul Pogba once more being the player of the match with two goals and an assist.

Player Ratings:

David de Gea: The Spaniard made a key save when United were 1-0 ahead and thereafter produced a routine showing. He was unlucky to not secure a clean sheet which has been a rare occasion this term – 7/10

Ashley Young: The veteran got the nod ahead of the absent Diogo Dalot and he made the full use of the opportunity by playing a key part in the opening two goals for his side – 7/10

Victor Lindelof: The Swede looked vulnerable from set-pieces and he could not do much to prevent Ake pouncing on his scoring chance. This is an area which the club surely need to improve – 6/10

Eric Bailly: He had a solid and confident performance for nearly the entirety of the game until his reckless challenge on Ryan Fraser on the half-way line which cost him a straight red – 5.5/10

Luke Shaw: The Englishman could not replicate the showing of Young from the opposite flank but he tended to provide the natural width from the left to keep the opposition on guard – 6/10

Nemanja Matic: Matic has been one of the many improved figures under Ole and he showed more energy and mobility in the field. However, he was held off by Ake for the Cherries’ sole goal – 6.5/10

Ander Herrera: The Spaniard has transformed into a regular during the festive period and he put in another strong showing of both ends and crossed alluringly for Paul Pogba – 7.5/10

Paul Pogba: Pogba has managed to overcome his lean period since Mourinho’s dismissal and the confidence has seeped through with four goals in  the past three games. He netted a brace after getting on the right end of Rashford’s and Herrera’s crosses – 9/10

Jesse Lingard: He did not outshine his teammates in the attack front but still kept things tidy by connecting passes with precision in the lead-up to three of the club’s goals – 7/10

Anthony Martial: The Frenchman was recalled into the game after his injury and took his chance with a lovely cross for Rashford to find the net with minutes left to half time – 7/10

Marcus Rashford: For the second successive game, Rashford impressed with his wing play and provided a sublime cross for Pogba’s opener before scoring his own prior to the break – 8/10


Romelu Lukaku, Andreas Pereira and Phil Jones

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