2016/17 Player Ratings: Stoke City 1-1 Manchester United – poor Mata, wonderful Wayne

David de Gea – Couldn’t do anything about the goal, wasn’t tested at all putting that to one side. 6/10

Antonio Valencia – Got into the right areas but just couldn’t find that killer ball. 6/10

Phil Jones – Solid, and wasn’t really given a problem by Peter Crouch. 6/10

Chris Smalling – Fell asleep and let his man drift across him for Pieters’ opener. 4/10

Daley Blind – Obviously he’s brilliant positionally, but he’s just not a full-back. 4/10

Marouane Fellaini – Up for the physical battle with Stoke’s combative side. Won plenty of tackles and kept it simple. 6/10

Ander Herrera – His usual busy self. At times he was sloppy in possession, but did alright for the most part. 5/10

Paul Pogba – Started slowly, but grew into the game and began to control things. 6/10

Juan Mata – Very quiet before he was subbed off. Missed an absolute sitter to bring United level in the first 45. 4/10

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Lively and some nice runs, but his final ball was often lacking. Has to improve. 5/10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Had a poor day. Just couldn’t really get into the game at all. 4/10

Subs:

Marcus Rashford – Just not a left winger. His passing isn’t anywhere near precise enough to play that role to a high standard.

Wayne Rooney – Scored an absolute scorcher to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record.

Jesse Lingard – Brought some pace into the attack. Did alright.

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