Player Ratings v Swansea- United Are Awful At The Liberty Stadium

Sergio Romero- Gary Neville claimed the jury was even more out on the Argentine after his horror show gifted Swansea the winner- it’s not out at all- he’s not good enough to be the Reds number one which is why he wasn’t Sampdoria’s number one last season. 4

Matteo Darmian- The Italian has enjoyed a solid start to his United career but if he’s truly going to be here for the long haul we may need to see a little bit more going forward. 6

Chris Smalling- The former Fulham man has been a revelation this season and pretty faultless, wasn’t really to blame for either goal, but in general there were times he could’ve got closer to the Swansea forwards if I’m being harsh- which I am cos I’m in a mood. 6

Daley Blind- Swansea targeted him and Gomis caused all sorts of problems – but the real worry is why United didn’t expect it and what will happen when someone more talented, quicker and stronger does it too. 5

Luke Shaw- Played a huge part in United’s goal and looks every bit at home down the Reds left flank. If he stays fit then he may be one of Louis Van Gaal’s best signings. 7

Morgan Schneiderlin. Picked up a silly booking but was arguably the Reds best midfielder, taken off for his own good, when it really should’ve been his German team mate who left early. 7

Bastian Schweinsteiger. Game to forget for the former Bayern skipper, his passing was awful, he got caught in possession and couldn’t either influence the game or stop Jonjo Shelvey picking out passes- yes I really did just say Bastian Schweinsteiger couldn’t prevent Shelvey- it was that type of afternoon. 5

Ander Herrera- My only real memories of the fans’ favourite today were a lay off for Juan Mata and a fairly tame shot that went wide. He’s not made it any harder for LVG to carry on treating him like dirt. 5

Juan Mata- Bottled it on a shot in the first half but made up for it to become United’s joint top PL scorer this season. The fact his he’s not a winger and is wasted out wide. 6

Memphis Depay- Someone needs to tell the youngster that United aren’t starting every game with a three goal advantage. He plays like he hasn’t a care in the world which would be great if we weren’t desperate for a goal and Memphis wasn’t wandering around looking barely interested. 4

Wayne Rooney- FC Brugge must be really bad eh? Contrary to popular belief it’s not all Rooney’s fault but the next time he helps Van Gaal with team selection he may want to put himself on the bench. Not good enough by anyone’s standards today- especially his. The search for that elusive Premier League away goal goes on. 4

Subs- Michael Carrick – for Schneiderlin – Should’ve started, was more effective than his team mates in a quarter of the time. 7

Ashley Young- for Mata- it takes Young twenty minutes to get into a game so this was a silly substitution that did no one any favours. 5

Marouane Fellaini- for Herrera- Have we really come full circle? Pumping hopeless balls up to the Belgian was a waste of time, yet our best option under the circumstances- which were our entire forward line was impotent. 5

Louis Van Gaal- Three games against Swansea – three defeats- it’s not good enough and if the Dutchman wants to give the fans confidence, claiming United ‘dominated’ after one of the worst performances under his regime is not the way to go about it. Seems more concerned with possession than actually winning games or scoring goals, or challenging for titles… 3

Ref- Martin Atkinson- Can’t even blame him for today’s loss- Rooney didn’t deserve a penalty and there was no other controversies. N/A.

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  1. I totally agree about vdg tactics. Three passes backward for every pass forward….slow and predictable allowing the opposition to comfortably get behind the ball. Most of all, this is NOT the MUFC I have known for the past 50 years. At least during the years in the wilderness, we had players that set the pulse racing, and always attacking teams predicated on a solid defence for the most part. As much as I like Daley Blind, it is a mockery playing him as a central defender. I hold back criticising Romero, but the the signs were not good today. Our attack is slow and toothless as it stands. This is VDGs team, and he will stand or fall with it. Right now, I have little confidence that we will finish in the top 4. If this is the case, then the manager should fall on his sword.

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