Player Ratings: Manchester 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur, Martial nets key winner

Manchester United maintained their distance to league leaders Manchester City after they grabbed a close victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon. Anthony Martial found the scoresheet in the 81st minute for United after Anthony Martial slotted in the winner with a cool finish.

Here are our player ratings for the game….

David de Gea: The Spaniard had nothing much to do other than contend with a close Dele Alli effort which went away from goal – 6.5/10

Antonio Valencia: Skipper on the day..Valencia kept the likes of Ben Davies and Heung-min Son at bay with vital inceptions while also providing width on the right side of the attack – 7/10

Eric Bailly: A strong performance on his injury comeback. The Ivorian put in a commanding performance in the air while blocking opposition attackers from finding a way through goal – 7/10

Chris Smalling: Initially looked shaky at the back, but grew in confidence in the second period of the match. He may need to adapt further, should Mourinho persist with three centre-backs – 6.5/10

Phil Jones:Not the best of his performances this term. Jones looked uncomfortable for most parts of the game, and nearly allowed Spurs to take the lead with an unwanted collision with De Gea – 6/10

Ashley Young: The Englishman has improved his performance game by game. Young was one of the best performers Saturday afternoon as he commanded space on the left side of the field – 7/10

Ander Herrera: The Spaniard made a couple of interceptions in the match, but he lacked the forward thrust which the likes of Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini would bring – 6/10

Nemanja Matic: The Serbian has barely put a foot wrong since his United switch. In the absence of key midfielders, United’s summer signing continues to excel at the heart of the midfield – 7/10

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: The Armenian was probably the worst player on the pitch as he failed to find the cutting edge in his passing. Could have reacted quickly to a Lukaku cross in the first half – 5/10

Marcus Rashford: Provided the thrust forward with his non-stop runs. He still needs to improve on the weight of his passing to become a potentially world-class attacker in the future – 7/10

Romeu Lukaku: Another frustrating outing for Lukaku, who was a rare presence in the opposition box. He still provided an impress headed assist for Martial’s winner which shows his impressive attitude on the pitch – 6.5/10


Jesse Lingard: Probably plenty of energy late on in the game. Had a one-on-one chance with Hugo Lloris in the dying stages, and should have done better – 6/10

Anthony Martial: Mourinho’s perfect super-sub. Martial tried to make the best of his minimal gametime and slotted in the winner past Lloris 10 minutes from time – 7/10

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