Manchester United player ratings v Tottenham: Rooney struggles, Darmian impresses on debut

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United beat Tottenham 1-0 at Old Trafford earlier today.

Sergio Romero 7 - didn't look totally assured with the ball at his feet, but made a good save from Christian Eriksen late on to make sure United won the game.

Matteo Darmian 8 - solid defensively and kept Nacer Chadli quiet, whilst he also got forward well to support the attack. Final ball was inconsistent, but this was a largely impressive debut from the Italian right back.

Chris Smalling 8 - led the United defence superbly and nullified Harry Kane to an extent. Strong in the tackle and quick across the ground, Smalling continues to grow under Louis van Gaal.

Daley Blind 6 - passed the ball well as you'd expect from Blind, but doesn't look entirely comfortable at centre back. A solid enough display from the Dutchman.

Luke Shaw 7 - a couple of shaky moments defensively but displayed his exceptional speed down the left hand side to make an impact in the final third.

Michael Carrick 7 - new season, same Carrick. Kept things ticking over for United and showed his great passing range before being replaced by Bastian Schweinsteiger after an hour.

Morgan Schneiderlin 7 - got caught in possession early into his Manchester United debut, but grew into the game, showing his composure in possession and physicality in the tackle.

Juan Mata 6 - flitted in and out of the game at times, and still doesn't look like he should be stuck out on the right hand side. Played his part in the winning goal and always tried to create for United.

Memphis Depay 7 - perhaps didn't live up to the billing before the game, but Depay was a threat in the No. 10 role just behind Rooney. Will get better as he adjusts to life in the Premier League.

Ashley Young 7 - worked hard down the left hand side and had an intriguing battle with Kyle Walker throughout. Continues to look like a different player under Van Gaal's management.

Wayne Rooney 5 - looked uncomfortable leading the line, and he should have easily hit the back of the net before Kyle Walker's inadvertent own goal. Off the pace and must get better given United's lack of options in attack.

Substitutes

Bastian Schweinsteiger 7 - in his short cameo, Schweinsteiger displayed the qualities that made him so successful at Bayern as he dominated the midfield. United didn't lose anything from Carrick's departure from the field, and fans will hope that Schweinsteiger will get even better once fully fit.

Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia also came on late into the game, but didn't have enough of an impact to earn a rating.

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