De Gea – 6 – As usual, blameless for the goals. Would have despaired about the defending in front of him.
Lindelof – 6 – This is not his natural position and it should be marked as a failed experiment but he did okay on the ball.
Smalling – 4 – His decision making – non-existent for the first goal, almost embarrassing for the second – was once again costly. If Bristol City was Darmian’s last calling as a United player, then we surely witnessed the end of Smalling’s Old Trafford career here tonight.
Jones – 4 – Equally culpable for the first goal. Such impulsive defending undermines all of the other work Jones does which is perceived as good.
Young – 5 – Well, he is a left winger playing at left back and occasionally that shows.
Matic – 8 – A very good performance.
Pogba – 7 – Mixed. There was a period between Leicester’s first goal and United’s equaliser where everything he tried was awful – including mis-judged long range efforts. This was an indication of the great pressure which is on the youngster’s shoulders to perform the magnificent when he is so handicapped by the shambles which goes on behind him. It was a revealing case study into how the sort of stability Manchester City have benefitted from this season has helped the likes of Raheem Sterling. But then, here, there were long periods of Pogba being very good – there was a second half pass in particular which was outstanding.
Mata – 8 – A fine performance. In away games against this level of opponent, the Spaniard is the perfect locksmith.
Lingard – 7 – And, on that theme, Lingard is his perfect partner, the legs and the running. He should have scored, though, with the effort that hit the post.
Martial – 7 – Looked dangerous
Lukaku – 6 – His all-around play was quite good but lacked a killer instinct which United needed
Rashford – 5 – Definitely should have scored
Herrera & Mata : Not enough time to rate
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