David de Gea: 6
Commanding as always. Leicester may have only mustered just one shot on target barring Jamie Vardy’s well taken equaliser (for which the Spaniard was faultless and criminally exposed through no fault of his own) but De Gea dealt comfortably with late Leicester pressure, plucking a bouncing ball out of the air with ease under considerable pressure from 6ft 2ins, 93kg Wes Morgan.
Antonio Valencia 7
Set to play an important role under Jose Mourinho after injuries restricted him to just eight league starts last season, Valencia maintained his impressive pre-season performance against Leicester.
A constant outlet with Jesse Lingard roaming infield, the Equadorian, who took the captains armband from the departing Wayne Rooney late on, created the late winner with an inviting floated cross.
Eric Bailly 7
The 22-year-old once again displayed his immense potential, matching the roadrunner-esque Jamie Vardy for pace before executing a perfectly timed sliding tackle one-on-one in the box in the 25th minute.
Comfortable on the ball, excellent in the air (his headed clearance against Morgan was the game’s finest piece of defending), Bailly nethertheless showcased his reckless side late on while picking up a needless booking for a naive barge on Vardy.
Daley Blind: 6
The notoriously sluggish Dutchman may have expected a tough afternoon against the relentless harrying of Vardy and co but Blind had relatively little to do against a Leicester attack which focused primarily on United’s right.
Yet, the converted centre-half remained as composed in possession as ever.
Luke Shaw: 6
Continues to build his fitness after an outstanding start to last season was cruelly ended by a horror leg break against PSV in the Champions League.Shaw was much more economic with his forward bursts in the second half though rendered Riyad Mahrez almost anonymous with some composed one v one defending.
Michael Carrick: 6
Everything you’d expect from the 35-year-old. Calm and cultured on the ball, Carrick provided an excellent outlet for recycling possession, particularly in contrast to his bumbling midfield partner. Replaced by Ander Herrera in the second half with Mourinho requiring more energy and tenacity in midfield.
Marouane Fellaini: 4
Hardly a crowd favourite at Old Trafford, the ombre-tipped Belgian did himself no favours once again with a horror backpass to gift Vardy the equaliser early in the second half.
To make matters worse, Fellaini was pretty much anonymous as an attacking threat and struggled to impose himself when defending set-pieces.
Jesse Lingard: 8 MAN OF THE MATCH
A bright spark again. Lingard, United’s matchwinner in the FA Cup final just three months ago, repeated the feat with another Wembley stunner, skipping past four Leicester defenders to slot home the opener.
The number 14 wreaked havoc in a free-role behind the forwards and should expect to play a huge role this season despite the arrival of a certain Armenian.
Wayne Rooney: 4
The concern for Mourinho won’t have been his captain’s inability to sufficiently test Kasper Schmeichel from his orthodox number 10 role. Instead, Rooney’s lumbering control, wastefulness in possession and complete inability to link with Zlatan Ibrahimovic should give the Portuguese enough food for thought to open an all you can eat buffet chain.
Anthony Martial: 5
Strangely subdued. The young Frenchman, starting on the left of United’s new-look attacking quartet, started brightly, thumping into the side netting after racing beyond Danny Simpson.
However, despite displaying the tracking back tendencies beloved by his new manager, Martial was replaced by Marcus Rashford with 20 minutes to go after struggling to stretch the Champions’ backline. 5
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 6
Well, what more can you say. Zlatan’s towering back-post header with just seven minutes of normal time remaining highlighted exactly why United were so keen to bring the 35-year-old to Old Trafford.
In truth, Zlatan’s matchwinner will overshadow a relatively poor performance. Marked tightly by Morgan and co, Ibrahimovic failed to link the play and gave the ball cheaply. 6
Ander Herrera: 5
Did exactly what was asked. Harried and hustled his opponents, won the ball back on several occasions and generally buzzed around like a belligerent house fly.
Juan Mata: 4
The Spaniard failed to replicate Lingard’s energy and verve and was hooked himself half an hour later, remonstrating with Mourinho on the touchline. Watch this space.
Marcos Rojo: 6
Like Fellaini, the Argentine has become something of a scapegoat at Old Trafford with many fans associating him with United’s growing mediocrity in recent years. Yet, Rojo stood up to the task when asked, making an excellent, composed challenge while one-on-one in the box with the notoriously slippery Mahrez.
Marcus Rashford: 6
Those concerned about his game-time under Mourinho needn’t worry. Rashford’s application, work rate and pace on the counter make him a certain Jose-favourite. The teenager held up the ball like an experienced pro in the closing stages.
Morgan Schneiderlin: 5
Brought on to protect the lead, Schneiderlin must surely now find himself slightly higher in the pecking order, albeit indirectly via another Fellaini calamity.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 5
It’s fair to say United fans will see a little more of their new attacking dynamo in the coming weeks. He was merely a time-wasting sub here.
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