Manchester United player ratings from Bramall Lane.
De Gea – 7 – Perhaps could have done better with the second, and never a great afternoon when you concede three, but the Spaniard made an excellent double save in the first half to keep his team in a game when they were rocking.
Lindelof – 6 – When there are big formation changes, it calls for senior players to lead by example to help the less familiar ones. It is never a good sign that Lindelof never steps up to these occasions to lead with the sort of authority required.
Maguire – 6 – Shaky, like Lindelof, not really playing with the authority you would hope in the first half. There were also a couple of long range efforts which appeared to indicate that he was anxious to impress on his return here.
Jones – 2 – The goal was an obvious low point but Jones’ positional sense was all over the shop. At one point towards the end of the first half, he headed the ball upwards, seemed to think it was going out, so turned his back and retreated into his box. The Sheffield United forward he was competing with didn’t give up the chase and won the ball a clear two yards inside of the touchline. Jones is not cut out for playing for United at this level anymore and it does him no favours to make him look bad in situations like this. As much as a bad point against the manager as it was the player, but this was an utterly regrettable performance.
Wan-Bissaka – 6 – Again, not helped by the formation changes which unsettle all of the defence; the right-back gave a fairly subdued display.
Fred – 5 – Constantly caught in possession and simply out-competed by the home midfield
Pereira – 4 – As like Fred, only poorer.
James – 5 – His worst showing for the club, albeit with some flashes of influence which helped rescue a point.
Rashford – 5 – Scored, and a fine equaliser for the second goal, but the general level of performance was pretty poor.
Martial – 3 – Lifeless from the Frenchman. You wouldn’t even say he was marked out of the game, because to do that he would have had to put the sort of effort in to say he was in it at all. Performances like this are a huge red flag about a player on huge wages with, apparently, no incentive to put in a shift. The difference between the contribution of him and the cameo of Greenwood was profound.