Tactical decisions Man United should make to win vs Chelsea (Man United players celebrating in the picture)
Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates scoring his team's third goal with Manchester United's English striker Mason Greenwood and Manchester United's Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on July 9, 2020. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United locked horns with Aston Villa at Villa Park earlier this evening hoping to pick up maximum points on the road. The Red Devils made a slow start to the game but managed to score the decisive opener via Bruno Fernandes’ penalty in the 27th minute. Mason Greenwood doubled his team’s advantage just before the half-time break with a powerful strike.

Paul Pogba put the icing on the cake by adding another goal in the second half. The Mancunian giants managed to keep their clean sheet intact and secured a comfortable 3-0 win away at the West Midlands.

Let’s take a look at how each Man United player fared during the clash versus the Villans.

GK: David De Gea – 6.5/10

The Spanish keeper got lucky with Trezeguet’s shot that hit the post. Otherwise, he was mostly untroubled and kept an easy clean sheet at the back.

RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6/10

The ex-Crystal full-back had some trouble dealing with Jack Grealish’s threat but did enough to keep the Villa captain quiet throughout the 90 minutes. However, he was guilty of missing a glorious chance at the other end.

CB: Victor Lindelof – 6/10

The Swedish defender had a few nervy moments inside his own half but will be happy to keep a shutout in the game.

CB: Harry Maguire – 6/10

The Man United star defended well at the heart of the Red Devils backline and managed to restrict the Villans from scoring in this match.

Manchester United player ratings vs Aston Villa (Man United's Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes celebrating a goal in the photo)
Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates with Bruno Fernandes and Victor Lindelof after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on July 09, 2020 in Birmingham, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

LB: Luke Shaw – 6.5/10

It was not the best showing from him today. He was sloppy with the ball at times but still managed to create a couple of decent chances to score going forward.

CM: Nemanja Matic – 6/10

The Serbian international started the contest a bit slow but did well to recover and put on a solid show throughout the remainder of the game.

CM: Paul Pogba – 8/10

The French playmaker is slowly but surely getting back to his best and it showed in his performance today. He was a classy presence at the centre of the park and kept the ball moving with ease and grace. Pogba also found the back of the net in the second half, which will give him some confidence heading into the final phase of this campaign.

LM: Marcus Rashford – 6.5/10

He was unusually quiet in the first 45 and was unfortunate to see his goal ruled out as off-side. He also set-up a brilliant opportunity for Wan-Bissaka, who missed a sitter.

CAM: Bruno Fernandes – 8.5/10

The Portuguese maestro kept his cool to convert the penalty midway through the first half. He also picked up an assist for setting up Pogba’s goal from a corner.

RM: Mason Greenwood – 8/10

The Man United starlet kept his incredible goal-scoring run going by producing another excellent performance today. He scored a great goal which put daylight between the two sides at half-time.

ST: Anthony Martial – 7.5/10

The French striker was unlucky with his attempt that hit the bar. Otherwise, he had a good game and played a big part in the lead-up to Greenwood’s goal just before half-time.


LB: Brandon Williams – 7/10

He came off the bench to produce a great block.

CM: Scott McTominay – 6/10

The Man United talent offered some fresh legs in midfield.

CM: Fred – 6/10

The Brazilian was full of running after coming on in the second half. However, he got booked for fouling Grealish.

ST: Odion Ighalo – 6/10

He failed to score but put in a decent cameo as an impact substitute.

RM: Daniel James – 7/10

He was lively and energetic on the pitch.

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