Player Ratings: Man Utd 1-0 Spurs
Manchester United were 1-0 winners in the opening game of the 2015-16 Premier League versus Tottenham Hotspur season thanks to an own goal from Kyle Walker in the first half.
It was not a vintage performance by any stretch of the imagination from Louis van Gaal’s side with Ashley Young’s effort their only shot on target this afternoon.
Defensively they looked better with Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian the two best players on the pitch. They weren’t greatly tested in this fixture last season though.
All five of United’s summer signings made their debut today, with Sergio Romero, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay alongside Darmian in the starting lineup, and Bastian Schweinsteiger coming on for the final half hour.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur:
Sergio Romero 6 – Looked very nervous with his feet, misplacing a couple of simple passes. Made a couple of saves in the first half but wasn’t greatly tested throughout on his Premier League debut but for a smart save from Christian Eriksen late on, with David de Gea looking on from the directors’ box.
Matteo Darmian 9 – Had Nacer Chadli in his pocket. Solid performance on his debut, Matteo Darmian remained disciplined on his Premier League debut by not bombing forward too far down the right flank. Wasn’t greatly tested defensively but did win a couple of tackles and made some clearances to keep the danger out.
Chris Smalling 9 – Another quiet game for Harry Kane at Old Trafford as Chris Smalling kept his fellow England international in-check for 90 minutes with another solid display at centre-back at home to Tottenham. Denied Nacer Chadli a great opportunity in the final 10 minutes too with an excellent tackle inside the penalty area.
Daley Blind 7 – Conceded possession outside his own penalty area early on but was comfortable in possession thereafter, looking after the ball and not being greatly tested by the Tottenham attack after the opening 15 minutes.
Luke Shaw 7 – Quiet game at left-back from Luke Shaw who didn’t bomb far forward not be tested too often as Nacer Chadli saw very little down the right wing.
Michael Carrick 7 – Comfortable game in the middle as Tottenham didn’t produce too much in attack after falling behind on 22 minutes. Made a few interceptions and looked after the ball when he had possession until being replaced by Bastian Schweinsteiger on 60 minutes.
Morgan Schneiderlin 8 – Solid defensive display on his debut, Morgan Schneiderlin has continued where he left off at Southampton by winning back possession for his side more often than any of his teammates today. Were one or two occasions where he made a poor pass but they came in the opposition half. Can already tell he’s going to be an upgrade to protecting United’s midfield from last season.
Juan Mata 6 – Quiet game out on the right wing, not creating anything and wasting a few efforts on goal. Juan Mata will have many better games during the rest of the season and there’s potential he’ll move to the number 10 role if/when Pedro arrives.
Memphis Depay 6 – Nothing much to report on his debut which lasted 68 minutes. Memphis Depay had a couple of wild shots on goal that didn’t test Michel Vorm. Gave away possession on a couple of occasions – will Louis van Gaal move the left-sided player out to his natural left forward role for next weekend’s trip to Aston Villa? Early days and not going to judge the £25 million player on today’s performance – he is going to be good in due course we’re sure of that.
Ashley Young 6 – Not much of a threat on the right or left today, Ashley Young’s crosses never found a teammate. Wasted a great opportunity to shoot when played in down the left by Memphis Depay in the first half at 1-0 when United were getting on top after taking the lead against the run of play.
Wayne Rooney 5 – Quiet performance from the United striker, it was Wayne Rooney’s control inside the penalty area that led to Kyle Walker poking home the match winner. The United’s captain’s only effort on goal was a spectacular effort in the final 10 minutes from the penalty area that he made barely any contact with.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (31 mins) n/a – Manchester United were comfortable in the second half and after the first 20 minutes to be honest. Bastian Schweinsteiger didn’t have a great deal to do, though he did pick up an early account on his winning Premier League debut.
Ander Herrera (23 mins) n/a – Replaced Memphis Depay to sit a little deeper as Manchester United wanted to see the game out. Didn’t have much involvement.
Antonio Valencia (10 mins) n/a -Cameo appearance as Matteo Darmian limped off. Spurs were quiet in the final third.
Michael Vorm 6 – Couldn’t do anything with the goal, didn’t have any other saves to make. We’ll give Michel Vorm a neutral 6 as he spent most of the game watching the action.
Kyle Walker 8 – Aside from the accidental own goal in which he was trying to prevent Wayne Rooney having a clean shot on goal from close range, Kyle Walker had a solid game winning tackle after tackle and making a number of interceptions at right-back for Tottenham. Perhaps Kieran Trippier will have to wait a while for his Spurs debut.
Toby Alderweireld 8 – Solid Tottenham debut from Tody Alderweireld who kept United at bay with a number of clearances and interceptions.
Jan Vertonghen 8 – Tottenham’s centre-backs were caught out of possession for the game’s only goal but otherwise they didn’t allow anything for Wayne Rooney, whilst Memphis Depay was restricted to ambitious long-range efforts. The Dutch forward’s sole chance inside the penalty area was subsequently blocked.
Ben Davies 6 – Offered nothing going forward in this game and didn’t have much luck winning the ball from Juan Mata either.
Eric Dier 6 – Tough game in his new role of holding midfield and was replaced shortly after picking up a yellow card.
Nabil Bentaleb 5 – Sloppy pass that led to United’s goal on the counter-attack. Replaced early in the second half.
Mousa Dembélé 5 – Wasn’t an attacking threat in his unusual right wing role but did do some work defensively before being replaced by Érik Lamela midway through the second half.
Christian Eriksen 6 – Looped the ball onto the roof of the net in the opening five minutes. Saw a lot of the ball in comparison to his teammates, forced one comfortable save from Sergio Romero, created a couple of half-chances. Denied by Romero in the 88th minute with a powerful low effort in the 88th minute today, but it was central. Christian Eriksen will have a lot more lively chances than today after not stamping his foot on this game nor creating too many problems for the United defence.
Nacer Chadli 4 – Anonymous down the left wing and the couple of touches he had in the second half he didn’t do anything with it. Matteo Darmian owned Nacer Chadli.
Harry Kane 4 – Tried holding the ball up to bring his players into play but ultimately another anonymous game at Old Trafford for the England international. Failed to get a shot on target in this game after going 88 minutes without doing so in this fixture last season. Failed to connect with a good headed opportunity in the 88th minute today.
Ryan Mason (38 mins) n/a – Manchester United didn’t greatly test Tottenham in the second half and started to sit back as the game went on at 1-0, meaning Ryan Mason wasn’t greatly involved.
Érik Lamela (23 mins) n/a – Did he make an appearance? Érik Lamela barely got on the ball and therefore did nothing with it. Tottenham fans will be hoping Andros Townsend is back next week based on their wingers performances today.
Dele Alli (14 mins) – Made his Premier League debut in the final 15 minutes. Played well when MK Dons upset United 4-0 in the League Cup last season, didn’t have much time to make an impact on a losing side today.
Latest posts by James Crawford (see all)
- Chelsea Broke 3 Records After Winning the FIFA Club World Cup - February 18, 2022
- Premier League Matchday 22 Predictions - January 14, 2022
- Derby face competition from Dortmund for January transfer target - January 12, 2022