Manchester United vs Reading: Player ratings as hosts scrape past impressive Royals - (2021)
Sergio Romero 7/10
The busiest of the two goalkeepers in the first half. Made a good save with his leg to deny Harriott early in the second half, and was alert to several decent efforts from the away side to help his side keep a clean sheet.
Ashley Young 6.5/10
Kept an eye on Harriott and looked to make good runs beyond Sanchez on the break. Positive and tenacious, not giving up on any opportunities to try and get beyond his wide man. Stood up well to overlapping opponents.
Matteo Darmian 6/10
Asked to fill in at centre back and was fairly solid alongside Jones, ensuring that the likes of Loader and Meite weren't able to fashion any clear-cut chances in and around the penalty area. Quite composed.
Phil Jones 6/10
Did well to read a dangerous situation involving Harriott with 10 minutes left of the first half, stepping in to make a vital intervention. Aside from that, most of the game was played comfortably ahead of him.
Diogo Dalot 6.5/10
Positive down the right-hand side, unafraid to try a bit of skill or drop a shoulder against Yiadom in the second half. Whipped in a very teasing cross from the right, working well in tandem with Chong.
Scott McTominay 5.5/10
Didn't make any errors, but didn't do much of note either. Happy to receive the ball and play the easy pass, using his considerable frame to protect possession and turn away from trouble.
Tucked home a neat finish after 20 minutes, but saw the offside flag raised – and then a penalty awarded by VAR. Very positive, keen to be on the front foot and showed a few flashes of skill that got the home crowd a little more excited.
Andreas Pereira 6/10
Featured at the base of midfield in the first half, before pushing a little higher after the break. Stung Jaakkola's glove with a low effort in stoppage time, which threatened to creep into the bottom corner.
Juan Mata 6.5/10
Won his side a penalty (with VAR assistance) while trying to feed Fred into the clear, and tucked home the resulting spot-kick himself, sending Jaakkola the wrong way.
Alexis Sanchez 6.5/10
Received some rough treatment early on, before responding with a good long-range effort on the 15-minute mark. Picked out a lovely through ball to assist Lukaku for the game's second goal. Forced off due to an injury niggle.
Romelu Lukaku 7/10
Slotted a neat finish into the back of the net from a tight angle, after rounding the goalkeeper, after trying to play on the last defender wherever he could. More anonymous in the second half, however, didn't get much service at all.
Tahith Chong 6/10
Introduced out on the right wing and quickly got opportunities to show his impressive turn of pace. Not afraid to ask for the ball and try to inject some drive down his flank. Picked up a booking for a rash tackle.
Marcus Rashford 6/10
Unfortunately to slip on the ball and watch it roll out of play late on, after rounding Jaakkola at a wide angle. Tried to use his pace while drifting in from wide areas.
Marouane Fellaini 6/10
Tried to turn home a cut-back from Young from the left byline, but couldn't get enough power on his effort. Happy to sit deep and add an extra presence to help shield his back four.
Anssi Jaakkola 6.5/10
Had very little to do across the entirety of the game, receiving far less to do at Old Trafford than he would have feared. Made a brilliant save to deny a low strike from Pereira in stoppage time.
Liam Moore 7/10
Had the legs to keep stride with Lukaku. Made a good block from close range early in the second half to deny Mata. Made one brilliant last-ditch challenge to deny Chong.
Tiago Illori 5/10
Was shaken by an awkward landing after a coming together with Lukaku early on, and was then caught too deep to play the Belgian onside for Man United's second. Replaced at the break due to the knock he had sustained.
Omar Richards 6/10
Gave a penalty away that allowed Mata to open the scoring at Old Trafford, after diving in clumsily inside his own box, but redeemed himself slightly not long after with a great tackle on Sanchez.
Andy Yiadom 6/10
Stung the palms of Romero with a powerful shot after a neat turn from the Reading right back. Switched infield in the second half and was still solid, but received less questioning.
Callum Harriott 6.5/10
Had the drive and acceleration to cause a few problems from the right-hand side. Forced a good save out of Romero early in the second half, was the biggest attacking threat for the away side by a long distance.
John Swift 6.5/10
Happy to use either foot and was capable of threading some interesting balls through the lines for Reading. Gave the ball away cheaply in midfield in the build-up to Man United's second goal. Very composed and unafraid to try his luck from range.
Liam Kelly 6.5/10
Knitted things together nicely in the middle of midfield, dropping in and offering himself as a constant option in possession. Happy to switch play at pace to try and get Reading moving.
Andy Rinomhota 6.5/10
Featured for the first half in midfield, before having to fill in at right back after the break. Very keen to use his energy and stride to drive upfield and cause Man United some direct problems, as well as being alert defensively when on the back foot.
Gareth McCleary 6/10
Drifted infield from the left wing, looking to try and use his skill and frame in one-versus-one situations. Had the quality to make a difference, but didn't get many pockets of space to exploit in central areas.
Danny Loader 6/10
Spurned a great chance on the half-hour mark, going around Romero and then failing to hit the target with an attempt from a tight angle. Keen to carry the ball, but just lacked a bit of cutting edge in the final third, quite wasteful.
Sone Aluko 6/10
Introduced in an offensive role at the half-time break, forcing a reshuffle behind him. Left Fred sat on his backside to tee up Harriott for a good opportunity. Scuffed a effort into the ground that forced Romero to dive full stretch.
Modou Barrow 6/10
Teed Aluko up for a good opportunity on the edge of the box and was immediately keen to drive and use his pace on the ball to worry Man United's back four.
Yakou Meite 6/10
Given the last quarter of an hour of normal time and was asked to immediately lead the line. Caught offside while trying to slide in at the back post in the last 10 minutes.
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