2016/17 Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-1 Sunderland

David de Gea – Had a quiet afternoon. Couldn’t do anything about Borini’s wonder goal as the game wore on. 6/10

Antonio Valencia – Buccaneered down the right all game and linked up with the wingers superbly. 7/10

Phil Jones – Solid. Kept Defoe quiet and got United organised when the going got tough. 7/10

Marcos Rojo – No nonsense defending as per usual. Did well. It’ll take some displacing to break up the partnership he’s forming with Jones. 7/10

Daley Blind – Struggled in the first half, but scored an excellent goal to give United the lead. 6/10

Michael Carrick – Felt like an easy afternoon for him, didn’t give the Sunderland midfielders a sniff. 6/10

Ander Herrera – Lively and got his teammates moving in the right direction. His end product was lacking a little. 5/10

Paul Pogba – Grew into the game, and when the Black Cats’ players were tiring he took over and began to pull the strings. 8/10

Juan Mata – Some of his movement and passing is superb. 6/10

Jesse Lingard – Did alright and really stretched the Sunderland back line. Subbed off in the second half. 6/10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Could have had a hat-trick, but played a hand in every single goal as he scored one and picked up two assists. 8/10

Subs:

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – What a special player capable of producing the insane. He scored an absolutely out of this world scorpion kick to seal the deal.

Anthony Martial – He looked lively and his pace caused Sunderland problems late on.

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