Manchester United player-ratings: £59.7m man the only positive

Manchester United drew 0-0 with Burnley on Saturday, and Vincent Ralph rates the players' performances.

Manchester United are still without a win this season after they could only draw 0-0 with Burnley on Saturday lunch-time.

Here we take a look at United’s players’ performances one by one:

David De Gea – 7

The Spanish international goalkeeper had little to do but what he did, he did well. He looked composed on the ball when it was played back to him although at times he was put under unnecessary pressure by his defenders.

Antonio Valencia – 6

The winger’s crosses – once excellent – have now been replaced by the method of kicking it as hard as possible at the opponent’s legs and seeing what happens. That said, he got forward time and time again and was United’s most likely outlet once Angel Di Maria left the field.

Jonny Evans – 6

The defender played quite well and in truth, aside from a few mistakes, United did not look overly troubled at the back. They appear to be getting used to the new formation although errors still occur and they will be punished against tougher opposition.

Tyler Blackett – 6

Blackett is getting a considerable amount of experience and he looked at home in United’s side. He is clearly benefiting from a sustained spell in the starting XI but he is unlikely to stay there once Marcos Rojo and the reportedly soon-to-sign Daley Blind are available.

Phil Jones – 6

The England international again did what was asked of him and but for a last-ditch challenge United could easily have conceded a late goal. He is getting back to his best now he is playing regularly in the back-line, but there is still some way to go.

Ashley Young – 5

Young is not an effective wing-back and whatever happened during pre-season clearly is very much in the past. Once Rojo and Luke Shaw are back expect Ashley Young to be spending far more time on the bench. He tries hard but is not a defensive solution or an attacking outlet.

Darren Fletcher – 6

The Scottish international did what he always does and he did it well. The only thing is, United need considerably more in central areas and it is hard to see how they are going to progress if Fletcher remains their midfield linchpin. He is always a great option to have, but not the right one given United’s struggles.

Angel Di Maria – 8

The British-record signing from Real Madrid impressed before fatigue saw him take an early bath. Di Maria played some excellent passes and was direct in his running despite playing a surprise role in the centre of midfield. He will prove to be an astute piece of business when he is at his very best.

Juan Mata – 5

Juan Mata found a teammate with practically all his passes, but only five of those went forward. In short, the catalyst was anything but and he will have to do much better if he wants to remain in this squad once the transfer window is closed for another summer.

Robin van Persie – 6

The Dutchman had chances to score but he didn’t. Van Gaal may have said his fellow Dutchman is the man to turn United’s season around, but no goals in two appearances does not suggest that will happen any time soon.

Wayne Rooney – 5

Wayne Rooney huffed and puffed but it was not his day. The play was congested in central areas and too often Rooney could not extricate himself from trouble. That is why width is so important in this style and he was often ready to put the finishing touch to a cross that ended up being over-hit or cut-out.


Anderson (for Di Maria) – 4

The Brazilian made what may well be his farewell performance in a United shirt, and there was no reason to suggest he had earned a stay of execution.

Danny Welbeck (for van Persie) – 5

Another set for the exit, Welbeck failed to score after replacing van Persie late on.

Adnan Januzaj (for Mata) – 5

The Belgian youngster should have been on much sooner but only found a few minutes after Mata went off injured. He did not have time to influence the game.

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