Manchester United vs Bournemouth: Player ratings as Paul Pogba shines once again - (2021)
David De Gea 7/10
Had little to do and had no chance of stopping Ake's header. Comfortable with the ball at his feet and not flustered whatsoever. An easy day at the office.
Ashley Young 7/10
Adventurous from right back and keen to push on and threaten a disjointed Bournemouth left-hand side, but perhaps fortunate to not see red for a terrible first-half tackle on King. Given acres of space to threaten.
Eric Bailly 6/10
Composed on the ball and nipped in well ahead of King after a misjudged header from Lindelof and was then alert to deny the Norwegian in the 69th minute, too, sliding in to block a low shot from the Bournemouth forward. Lucky to not be penalised for a clumsy coming together with Daniels and was then sent off for a terrible tackle on Fraser.
Victor Lindelof 6/10
Occasionally lacked a bit of composure and lost Ake in a crowded penalty area, allowing for the Dutchman to place a header straight at De Gea. Looked uncertain when the ball was in the air, especially at set pieces.
Luke Shaw 7/10
Very positive and keen to get up on the outside of Martial to allow the Frenchman the chance to drift infield. A constant presence on the overlap, with Bournemouth unable to provide a reason as to why the ex-Southampton man would need to be more responsible.
Ander Herrera 7.5/10
Made a great recovering clearance to deny a dangerous cross from King in the early stages, before teeing up Pogba for the game's second goal with a pacy cross from the right-hand side. A bundle of energy that allows others around him further liberty.
Nemanja Matic 7/10
Put a great ball through for Martial to chase in the build-up to Man United's third of the evening. A solid base in midfield, happy to drop in to receive possession and keep the ball moving.
Paul Pogba 9/10
Slid in at the back post to open the scoring at Old Trafford, stretching to poke Rashford's low cross home. Had a busy first half, showing plenty of confidence. Made it two with his head after stretching to thump a Herrera cross into the back of the net. Capped a top performance with an assist for Lukaku's goal – and even struck the post late which denied him his hat-trick.
Jesse Lingard 7/10
Plenty of freedom to drift infield or drop deep, as the likes of Herrera and Young provided width. Confident and a willing runner throughout, buzzing around to hassle Bournemouth's central defenders.
Anthony Martial 8/10
Denied by a sliding challenge from Begovic early on, but had plenty of freedom to roam and seek out pockets of space. Provided an assist for Rashford to make it three, guiding a lovely ball into the box with the outside of his boot. Playing with liberty.
Marcus Rashford 8.5/10
Showed some fantastic feet in the build-up to the first goal of the evening, wrong footing Diego Rico and Nathan Ake in the process before laying on a very clever assist. Pace and skill in abundance. Made it 3-0 just before the break, poking home a cross from Martial. A constant menace.
Romelu Lukaku 7/10
It took just a couple of minutes for the Belgian to find the back of the net after a neat pass over the top from Pogba – where he had actually strayed offside. Offered a physical presence up top, showing to feet regularly.
Andreas Pereira 6/10
Injected into the midfield battle to freshen things up. Constantly able to sit in a pocket of space and ask for possession, given Bournemouth's tiring legs.
Phil Jones 6/10
Introduced after the Bailly sending off. Had a comfortable last 10 minutes at Old Trafford, even with the hosts having just ten men.
Asmir Begovic 7/10
Quick off his line early on to deny Martial, but had no real chance with any of Man United's three first-half strikes. Denied Rashford well in the final half an hour, after racing out to make himself big and made a fingertip save to thwart Pogba's hopes of a hat trick.
Charlie Daniels 6/10
Was asked to fill in as an auxiliary central defender and struggled to cope. Worked hard to cover in behind, but was unable to show that he has a useful left foot in his arsenal.
Nathan Ake 7/10
Beaten all ends up by Rashford in the lead-up to the game's opening goal, but almost made amends with a towering header that forced De Gea into action before the half-hour mark. Reduced the deficit with a great near-post header to make it 3-1. Slid in well to deny Herrera early in the second half.
Steve Cook 6/10
Struggled to deal with the pace and agility of Man United's front three at times, but tried to help organised a make-shift, cobbled together back three. Was Bournemouth's only natural central defender for the last 15 minutes.
Diego Rico 4/10
Too passive in the build-up to Pogba's opener, as he allowed Rashford to breeze past with ease. Bournemouth's left-hand side did look quite disjointed throughout the full game at Old Trafford. A very, very forgettable evening for the Spaniard.
Andrew Surman 6/10
Sat deepest in central midfield for the visitors, attempting to get his foot on the ball to calm proceedings and set a tempo. Looked to get moves going with his left boot. Went close with an ambitious long-range strike late on.
David Brooks 6/10
Some neat dribbling and a lovely clipped cross provided Ake with a near-post assist in first-half stoppage time. Always wanted possession, but was found out for his lack of physicality at times.
Jordon Ibe 5/10
Didn't offer a great deal on the offensive, as was the case for many of Howe's midfield. Didn't manage to worry Shaw whatsoever at left back for the home side. Anonymous showing.
Junior Stanislas 4/10
A poor and wasteful performance from the Bournemouth wide man, as the left flank of the away side struggled throughout. When given the chance to deliver, he came up short.
Josh King 6/10
Determined to be positive against his former club, looking to move the ball out wide or drive in possession whenever possible. Stung De Gea's palms with a near-post effort in the last 10 minutes of the first half. Gave Bournemouth a bit of presence up top.
Callum Wilson 5/10
A quiet game from the England international, mostly down to a lack of service and Bournemouth rarely having the chance to enjoy long periods of settled possession in the opposition half.
Lys Mousset 5/10
Despite having the best part of half an hour to make his mark, the French substitute didn't manage to get involved on the break. Even when Man United went down to ten men, he had no further joy.
Ryan Fraser 6/10
Clattered by a horrific challenge from Bailly which left the Scottish winger rattled. Forced De Gea into a low save at his near post in second-half stoppage time, before whipping in a very teasing cross that King perhaps should have read better.
Tyrone Mings 5/10
Replaced a struggling Ake in the heart of a make-shift back three, asked to feature as a central defender alongside a fellow left back in Daniels.
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