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Mata Gets 8, Lingard With 5 | Manchester United Players Rated In Comfortable Win Vs Luton Town

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Manchester United faced off against Luton Town in the third round of the EFL Cup earlier today hoping to earn a victory on the road. The Red Devils dominated possession in the first half and managed to grab the lead in the 44th minute courtesy of Juan Mata’s penalty.

The home team gave a good account of themselves after the half-time interval but struggled to finish off their chances. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men finally managed to kill off the contest when Marcus Rashford scored with a controlled finish in the 88th minute. Mason Greenwood added another goal in injury-time as the match finished with the Mancunian giants securing a comfortable 3-0 win over the Bedfordshire outfit.

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

GK: Dean Henderson – 6.5/10

The English goalie made an excellent save on his way to keeping an easy clean sheet at the back.

RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6/10

The ex-Crystal Palace full-back lacked sharpness but kept things solid in defence. He got some valuable playing minutes on the field tonight.

CB: Eric Bailly – 6.5/10

He maintained a good defensive shape inside his half and performed well enough to restrict the Luton attackers from scoring during the 90 minutes.

CB: Harry Maguire – 7/10

The English centre-back commanded his backline well and has got a well-deserved clean sheet to show for his efforts.

Manchester United player ratings vs Luton Town (Man United players are celebrating in the picture)
Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata celebrates with teammates after he takes the penalty to score his team’s first goal during the English League Cup third round football match between Luton Town and Manchester United at Kenilworth Road stadium in Luton, Bedfordshire, on September 22, 2020. (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

LB: Brandon Williams – 7/10

The young left-back did well to earn the penalty in the first half which Juan Mata successfully converted to give Man United the lead. He picked up a caution after the half-time interval and was walking a defensive tightrope throughout the remainder of the contest.

CM: Nemanja Matic – 6.5/10

The Serbian midfielder shielded his backline well and retained possession effortlessly for his side at the centre of the park.

CM: Fred – 6/10

The Brazilian began the game brightly by playing some neat passes in the opposition half. However, he had an uneventful second 45 minutes.

LM: Jesse Lingard – 5/10

The English playmaker tried to get involved but lacked the quality required to curve open the Luton defence. It was another lacklustre display from him tonight.

CAM: Donny van de Beek – 7/10

The ex-Ajax star showed a few glimpses of his brilliance but did not have a goal or an assist to show for his efforts.

RM: Juan Mata – 8/10

The Spaniard rolled back the years and produced a brilliant performance during the match. He kept his composure to slot home the penalty and orchestrated some decent openings for his teammates in the final third.

ST: Odion Ighalo – 5.5/10

The Nigerian striker struggled to get into the game and was mostly an anonymous figure up top.


ST: Marcus Rashford – 8/10

The English marksman came off the bench to score with a calm finish.

CAM: Bruno Fernandes – 5/10

He was mostly a spectator during his time on the field.

RM: Mason Greenwood – 8/10

The talented whizkid found the back of the net with an excellent strike in injury-time.

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