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Stoke City vs Manchester United: Manchester United Player Ratings

  • Stoke City vs Manchester United: Manchester United Player Ratings
  • Stoke City vs Manchester United: Manchester United Player Ratings
  • Stoke City vs Manchester United: Manchester United Player Ratings

The traditional Boxing Day fixture was not very kind to Louis van Gaal. Under pressure to get results, van Gaal dropped Wayne Rooney to the bench in search of a solution to his team's form woes.

Despite the inclusion of Ander Herrera, something fans have been desperate for, United were completely out-played and out-fought by Stoke City. The lack of fight and desire was inexcusable and suggests the Dutchman may not be in charge for much longer.

A poor header by Memphis Depay gave Stoke the early lead, before a Marko Arnautovic screamer sealed the 2-0 win.

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Player Ratings:

David de Gea: 5 - Could do little for both goals. Was left stranded by Memphis for the first and no goalkeeper was saving the Arnautovic bullet. His passing was a little predictable however - long to Fellaini.

Ashley Young: 5 - Inexplicably raised his hand to touch the ball in the first-half, which ultimately lead to the Arnautovic strike. Tried his best but again exposed a lack of real quality. Average crossing combined with suspect defensive nous means it was a difficult day for Young.

Phil Jones: 5 - Looked all at sea during the first-half. Went charging into midfield for no reason at times and could not get near Bojan or Arnautovic. Constantly looked nervy and under pressure.

Chris Smalling: 5 - Was left exposed quite frequently because of a weak midfield and a mess of a defence, failed to show the leadership to straighten the ship however. Not United's worst, but a shame he could not do more when more was required.

Daley Blind: 4 - Slipped over a lot, gave away the ball a lot, looked out of his depth a lot. Was left dizzy and dazzled by Shaqiri's Cruyff turn routine in the first-half. Played players onside frequently and was the weak link in an awful defensive display.

Michael Carrick: 5 - Getting ever closer to the time where he must be phased out. Tried hard but his lack of authority, mobility and a stable partner beside him meant he was limited in what he could do. Did not show the leadership to turn it around after going 2-0 down, was basically a non-fixture.

Marouane Fellaini: 4 - Kept the ball reasonably well compared to his teammates, but unfortunately missed a good chance to bring United back to 2-1. Battled against Stoke's big men but just not good enough.

Ander Herrera: 4 - Not good at all. Gave the ball away for fun and seemed to struggle with the conditions. Did nothing positive of note and gave away a few silly fouls.

Memphis Depay: 3 - Horrendous. A sloppy header which gave away the first-goal was followed by a lack of desire to close it down to stop the second. Currently not worthy of the #7 shirt and has been massively overrated after dominating a weak Dutch league.

Juan Mata: 4 - One of United's senior players who needed to step-up but didn't. Runs around playing safe passes but fails to actually provide anything creative. When not scoring the odd goal he is left exposed as a truly limited, luxury player.

Anthony Martial: 6 - Had a go early in the match, which is a lot more than his teammates did. Faded when he was moved out wide but is the one shining light in a bleak season. Your 20-year-old striker should not be your best player at this stage but he is.

Substitutes:

Wayne Rooney: 6 - Showed some spark, set-up Fellaini with a good chance, but ultimately is not the player he was.

Andreas Pereira: 5 - N/A

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