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PLAYER RATING: Man Utd vs Sheffield: Maguire finds class again; Amrabat is out of rhythm ‎

Manchester United secured their second consecutive Premier League victory, and it was Diogo Dalot’s stunning strike that made all the difference, with the surprise star Scott McTominay once again taking the spotlight.

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Midfielder McTominay opened the scoring at Bramall Lane, continuing his remarkable trend of game-winning goals in stoppage time, which began with his heroics against Brentford. However, his handball led to Oli McBurnie’s equalizing penalty in the 34th minute.

Scott McTominay once again featured prominently in his dramatic return to the starting lineup. However, manager Erik ten Hag is left with significant questions after yet another so-so performance.

Here’s a breakdown of how each player fared individually in their battle against the determined bottom side, Sheffield United…

Andre Onana – 7
Early saves, including one from McBurnie, showcased more solidity than his recent form, but he still displayed occasional casualness with the ball. Showed excellent concentration in the second half.

Diogo Dalot – 7
The full-back delivered a couple of threatening crosses into the box, but given United’s shaky, second-string defense, he often had to prioritize defensive duties. His late wonder goal was an unexpected twist.

Harry Maguire – 7
An early deflection off him nearly led to a sight of goal for Sheffield, but he relished the physical battles against the Blades’ big forward players. Although he had some struggles against Archer’s runs, he looked comfortable back at Bramall Lane.

Jonny Evans – 5
The veteran showed his experience by getting out of trouble a couple of times, but with little cover from the midfield, he was exposed to the Blades’ movement and pace upfront and received a late yellow card.

Victor Lindelof – 5
While he displayed a nice touch in the build-up to the opening goal and made some important tackles and blocks, he often resorted to booting the ball blindly upfield, much to ten Hag’s annoyance.

Sofyan Amrabat – 5
He gifted Cameron Archer an early chance by losing the ball in midfield and was bypassed far too easily by Sheffield’s attackers. He also appeared off the pace on a few occasions.

Scott McTominay – 6
In a matter of minutes, McTominay went from hero to villain, impressively finishing a goal but also conceding a penalty. He currently seems to be United’s best hope for a goal but struggles to control the midfield.

Antony – 5
Making his first start since September 3, Antony wasted no time in testing the home goal with several shots. He had a couple of promising moments but fell short, making him an easy candidate for substitution after an hour.

Bruno Fernandes – 7
Fernandes hit the bar with a well-struck free-kick in the first half, and he played a part in their opening goal. However, he didn’t pose a significant attacking threat apart from occasional long-range attempts.

Marcus Rashford – 7
Despite United’s lack of quality on the night, Rashford had the potential for three assists to Rasmus Hojlund alone. However, he could have benefited from being a bit more selfish this time.

Rasmus Hojlund – 5
Still in search of his first league goal, Hojlund had a chance to score twice before the break, but he was just a fraction late on his slide and was denied by the goalkeeper. He missed an even better opportunity after halftime.


Anthony Martial for Hojlund (63 mins) – 5
Wasted a chance in a promising position in Sheffield United’s box, encapsulating United’s night.

Christian Eriksen for McTominay (63 mins) – 6
Brought in to unlock the home defense, Eriksen didn’t directly do so but added urgency to the attack.

Alejandro Garnacho for Antony (63 mins) – 7
Excited the United fans behind the home goal every time he got the ball in the Sheffield area and played a role in the winning goal.

Raphael Varane for Evans (84 mins) – 5
The reason for his absence in the starting lineup wasn’t clear, and when Evans was booked for a clumsy foul, Varane was called into action late.

Mason Mount for Rashford (87 mins) – 5
Returning from injury, he had a brief cameo in the closing minutes.

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