Marcus Rashford earns perfect 10, Ashley Young 9/10 in win over Liverpool

Marcus Rashford earns perfect 10, Ashley Young 9/10 in win over Liverpool
From ESPN - March 10, 2018

Manchester United went five points clear of Liverpool in the Premier League with a 2-1 win, characterised first by bold attacking and then very resilient -- perhaps excessively conservative -- defence. They were probably lucky to evade the award of a second-half penalty, but their greater enterprise in the first half meant that they were good value for their win. A superb victory, which was also something of a statement.


Where to start? Where to finish? Marcus Rashford provided two excellent finishes to decide the game, Romelu Lukaku was a decisive force in the final third, Eric Bailly was magnificent despite scoring an unfortunate own goal, and Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay were very effective in midfield. Juan Mata was everywhere. And Ashley Young was immense at left-back.


Alexis Sanchez again worked extremely hard but again seemed out of sync with his colleagues in attack. United sat deep perhaps a little too early in the game, yet that was a gamble that paid off.

Manager rating out of 10

9 --Jose Mourinho went into the game without Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, two of his most gifted attackers, and produced a team that was perfectly balanced for this fixture -- full of hard running, attacking invention, and defensive discipline. He was richly rewarded with this result, one of his best coaching efforts of the season.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK David De Gea, 8 -- After a slightly sluggish start, he was assertive when coming off his line to punch away a seemingly endless number of crosses. Got comfortably behind every effort sent in his direction.

DF Antonio Valencia, 8 -- Defensively excellent again and showed a keen eye for getting forward, with one wonderful crossfield ball almost ending in a goal for Juan Mata.

DF Chris Smalling, 9 -- A game where he made several previous poor performances look puzzling. Smalling was quietly supreme here against one of the best attacks in Europe.

DF Eric Bailly, 9 -- Probably only deducted a point due to his unlucky own goal, Bailly was absolutely outstanding here, even dribbling past Mohamed Salah at one stage, such was his confidence. It was perhaps fitting that he scored the own goal, since the only player who looked good enough to beat him today was himself.


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