Manchester United overwhelmed Leicester City with a strong first half performance that decided this game at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney was dropped in what was the pre-game headline, and that was not all that was unfamiliar about United as they scored three goals from set pieces.
Below are ratings and highlights from the victory. You can consider the marks for the forward players to be a .5 extra for their part in the ten minute spell which blew the Foxes away.
De Gea : 6 – Couldn’t be blamed for goal
Valencia : 7 – Surely made the right back slot his own now
Bailly : 8 – Dealt with Leicester’s forwards with class and ease
Smalling : 7 – Faultless
Blind : 8 – Dead-ball play was outstanding and crucial to United’s win
Pogba : *8 – His best performance yet for the club and this could easily have been a nine, but he took his foot off the gas after being heavily influential in the deciding period of the game
Herrera : 7 – Steady and disciplined, allowing Pogba the space to shine
Mata : 8 – With pressure on the Spaniard, he delivered in the early stages, scoring the goal which tipped the scales in United’s favour
Lingard : 7 – Did okay as the others around him took the limelight
Rashford : 8 – Another red-letter day for the local lad who is now a must-pick for the front line
Ibrahimovic : 7 – Desperate to score a goal but his presence in United’s front line is always threatening, and his link up play never less than intelligent
Subs : Carrick, Rooney, Young (not enough time to rate)