Manchester United battled to a 1-0 victory over newly promoted Brighton to close the gap on Manchester City to five points. Here are how the players rated.
David de Gea – 6
Little to do, but did it well.
Antonio Valencia – 5
Got forward as usual and defended relatively well, but didn’t look like his usual self. Worst performance in a while.
Victor Lindelof – 7
Brought the ball out of defence well, and kick started the game into life with a superb sliding tackle in the second half. Best game in a United shirt so far.
Chris Smalling – 6
A decent performance but never look particularly comfortable on the left hand side of central defence.
Ashley Young – 7
Good going forward. Got caught napping at the back once or twice early on by the impressive Knockaert. His deflected left foot effort secured the points.
Paul Pogba – 7
Was trying his best to get United going, but sometimes trying to be too fancy with little flicks.
Nemanja Matic – 6
Not his most dominating performance in a red shirt as Brighton crowded the midfield.
Marcus Rashford – 5
Plenty of pace, but couldn’t use it to get in behind the defence, while his crossing wasn’t up to scratch down the right flank.
Juan Mata – 4
Given a chance after Mourinho slammed Mkhitaryan for his poor form, but the Spaniard did little to justify the decision.
Anthony Martial – 6
Similar to Rashford, but marginally better.
Romelu Lukaku – 6
Had an early chance which he should have got on target. He was making runs though but his team mates were not on the same wavelength. Shifted to the left wing at the end and put in a wonderful slide tackle to help shut up shop
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 6, Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5, Marouane Fellaini – 6
Brighton and Hove Albion
Matt Ryan – 6
Could do nothing for the goal, and was rarely tested by United’s misfiring forwards.
Bruno Saltor – 6
Defended well, got forward to support Knockaert too.
Shane Duffy – 6
Did well at the back, restricting United’s opportunities.
Lewis Dunk – 6
Unfortunate deflection to score the only goal of the game
Gaetan Bong – 6
A good performance, like the rest of his defensive team mates.
Dale Stephens – 6
Protected the back four well and worked hard to deny Pogba, Matic and Mata any space
Davy Propper – 6
Worked hard in the middle to and like Stephens, denied United space
Pascal Gross – 6
Helped in midfield and tried to support the attack
Anthony Knockaert – 7
Undoubtedly Brighton’s best player. Caused Young and Smalling some problems and had several chances. Should have crossed instead of shooting early on.
Solomon March – 5
Started bright, but quietened as the game went on.
Glenn Murray – 5
Not a lot of service for the veteran who couldn’t influence the game much.
Hemed – 5, Izquierdo – 6, Brown N/A