Player Ratings: Eric Bailly and Phil Jones flop as Man Utd share the spoils at Stoke

Manchester United dropped their first points of the Premier League season as they had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Stoke City. Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku bagged the goals for United in either half, but they were pegged back each time by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who secured a brace for Mark Hughes’ side.

Here are our ratings for the game…

David de Gea – Produced a world-class save to deny Jese Rodriguez in the second period, but can’t be put at blame for the goals conceded – 7/10

Antonio Valencia – The skipper provided more impetus going forward. He was in a fight with Choupo-Moting through the game and could have shown more positional sense – 7/10

Eric Bailly – His poor judgement led to the first goal. The Ivorian allowed Choupo-Moting to move ahead of him to net Stoke’s opening goal.  Not his usual best – 6/10

Phil Jones – Similarly to Bailly, Jones was often troubled by the Stoke forward line. Failed to use his strength to prevent Choupo-Moting from powering home the equalising header – 6.5/10

Matteo Darmian – The Italian was exploited on the left side of the backline with Mame Biram-Diouf finding the space behind him on numerous occasions – 6/10

Ander Herrera – Not a great comeback to the United lineup. The Spaniard was often left frustrated in the centre of the park with his usual passing game not coming through –  6/10

Paul Pogba – The Frenchman produced another commanding performance in midfield. Got the all-important header through which Rashford inadvertently found the net – 7.5/10

Nemanja Matic – The Serbian controlled the play as his usual self but could have been more decisive with his passing. Provided the key flick prior to Marcus Rashford’s opener – 7/10

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – The Armenian had relatively no influence on the right side of the attack. Had a bigger influence in the final stages of the game after the shift to the number ’10’ role – 6.5/10

Marcus Rashford – Probably United’s best performer. The England international was a constant threat to the Potters’ backline. Scored the opener inadvertently – 7.5/10

Romelu Lukaku – Notched his fifth goal of the campaign after a delightful run behind the Potters backline. Should have done much better with his chance in the dying minutes of the game – 7/10

Substitutes 

Juan Mata

Anthony Martial

Jesse Lingard

 




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