Player Ratings: Man Utd 2-1 Leicester
Manchester United kicked off the 2018-19 Premier League season with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Friday night.
Paul Pogba scored the first goal of the new season from the penalty spot inside the opening three minutes following Daniel Amartey’s handball.
The game appeared to be wrapped up in the final 10 minutes with Luke Shaw’s first professional goal before Jamie Vardy bundled in a stoppage time consolation for Leicester to make the final few minutes nervous for José Mourinho’s side.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Manchester United 2-1 Leicester City:
David de Gea 7 – The Spaniard returned from a lot of criticism at the 2018 World Cup to pull off two top saves from James Maddison and Demarai Gray before being beaten in stoppage time by Vardy from the goalline after Ricardo Pereira’s cross came back off the post.
Matteo Darmian 5 – The Italian played at right-back due to Antonio Valencia being injured, Victor Lindelöf playing at centre-back and Phil Jones not being involved today. Matteo Darmian really struggled up against Gray and Ben Chilwell in the first half hour, with Juan Mata offering little help. The full-back improved after the break with help of the visitors not attacking as often down United’s right.
Eric Bailly 9 – A solid performance that deserved a clean sheet, Eric Bailly made two key interceptions to deny Leicester excellent opportunities in a game that the visitors produced few efforts on goal.
Victor Lindelöf 7 – There were a couple of shaky moments from the Swede but otherwise a sensible game. Victor Lindelöf was given the nod ahead of Chris Smalling for this game despite the Englishman not being involved in the summer’s World Cup.
Luke Shaw 8 – Excellent performance at left-back as neither Ricardo Pereira nor Rachid Ghezzal had any success against Luke Shaw until stoppage time. The 23-year-old also produced a fine finish to score his fist-ever goal.
Andreas Pereira 7 – Good performance from the Brazilian who was given the start ahead of both Marouane Fellaini and Scott McTominay after a good pre-season. Andreas Pereira won the ball back no more occasions than any other player for Manchester United this evening as well as being sensible in possession.
Fred 8 – Exciting start from the Brazilian who was very energetic on his debut. Rarely misplaced a pass, helped start attacks and was good defensively too.
Paul Pogba 9 – Handed the captain’s armband in the absence of Antonio Valencia and showed good leadership, including taking responsibility over the early penalty. Paul Pogba was commanding in the middle of the pitch, bringing the ball forward to start attacks.
Juan Mata 6 – Didn’t help his full-backs out defensively when playing on the right or left. Juan Mata was having a quiet game until the final 20 minutes where he later set up Shaw’s goal.
Marcus Rashford 5 – The English striker got the start up front ahead of Romelu Lukaku but failed to fire in a single shot during his time on the pitch. Marcus Rashford did latch onto long balls down the wings to help bring teammates into play but rarely got in the box to cause Leicester’s defence any problems.
Alexis Sánchez 5 – After a great pre-season the Chilean attacker made several sloppy passes in conceding possession again and again. However, there were a couple of good passes in the final third from Alexis Sánchez which including setting up a one-on-one for Romelu Lukaku.
Romelu Lukaku (25 mins) N/A – Saw a one-on-one well denied by Kasper Schmeichel in what was about the only touches Romelu Lukaku had after coming off the bench.
Scott McTominay (15 mins) N/A – Gave Fred a rest at 1-0 to help see out the victory.
Marouane Fellaini (7 mins) N/A – Brought on at 2-0 to help see out the clean sheet, though it didn’t happen.