PAUL POGBA was the Star Man match-winner as Manchester United overhauled Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.
But full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw were far less impressive as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men grafted to a 1-0 triumph at Burnley.
Paul Pogba seems to have his eye off the ball in this exchange with Burnley counterpart Robbie BradyCredit: AFP
Key Man Utd midfielder Bruno Fernandes measures an effort at the Burnley goalCredit: Getty Images – Getty
SunSport’s Jordan Davies gives his player-by-player lowdown on United, who fielded Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in attack, ahead of England star Mason Greenwood.
Here’s how they all rated – including another encouraging display for Eric Bailly alongside Barry Maguire in central defence.
David De Gea – 6
Had very little to do in terms of shot-stopping.
But his distribution with his hands was impressive, and set Pogba away in midfield on several occasions to spark counter-attacks.
Aaron Wan Bissaka – 5
Was targeted by Burnley’s attackers and struggled aerially to deal with the diagonal ball.
Did very little in attack as well.
Harry Maguire – 7
Was unlucky to have his header ruled out for a push on Erik Pieters.
But the skipper led by example and marshalled his troops well as United continued to probe from the back.
Eric Bailly – 7
Made two crucial blocks to deny Chris Wood and Matej Vydra in the first half and seemed unflustered by Burnley’s direct approach.
Looks to have put his injury worries behind him which can only be good news heading into a tough run of games.
Luke Shaw – 5
Extremely lucky not to be shown a red card for a reckless challenge in the first half.
Got forward well but lacked any end product from out wide.
Paul Pogba – 8
Was a gradual influence on the game but was hindered in the first half by defensive duties.
He was let off the leash after the break and rewarded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a fine volley through the legs of Nick Pope.
Nemanja Matic – 7
Did his job in front of the back four well and looked steady on the ball.
Alongside the likes of Pogba and Maguire was an imposing presence at set pieces and barely put a foot wrong.
Marcus Rashford – 6
Struggled out on the left to have any real impact on the game as Burnley looked to suffocate the United front line.
As space came more freely in the second half, Rashford took advantage with a neat cheap from the left to tee up Pogba’s winner.
Bruno Fernandes – 7
Cut a frustrated figure in the opening stages, and picked up a yellow card for whining at the referee.
By his usually high standards it was an off night, but still contributed with his persistence on the ball.
Anthony Martial – 6
Missed a few glorious opportunities, but his link up play with Cavani was promising.
Was lucky not to be subbed off – and will be hoping Ole remains trusting of his abilities for this weekend’s trip to Anfield.
Edinson Cavani – 6
Fluffed a glorious chance to snatch the lead early in the second half, and almost drew a red card for Robbie Brady when he was put in on goal.
Will be disappointed with his output.
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Man Utd left-back Luke Shaw tussles with Burnley’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson Credit: PA:Press Association
Mason Greenwood – 6
Brought on for Rashford with 10 minutes remaining but had very few chances to showcase his talents.
Scott McTominay (for Fernandes) – 89 mins.
Tuanzebe (for Martial – 90+5 mins
Anthony Martial launches into this spectacular effort for Man UtdCredit: Getty – Pool
Man Utd defender Harry Maguire soars high for a headed goal that was disallowedCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd