Manchester United was truly and totally poor at Selhurst Park, earning their 3rd straight 0-0 draw after losing on penalties to Middlesbrough in the midweek. Wayne Rooney continues to miss chances and the base 6 are picking up the right pieces, but there’s nothing more to it! Here’s the weekly update on the rankings.
Manchester United’s midfield masterclass ensured they dominated City, but it turns out playing an entire last 45 in the opposition half at home doesn’t guarantee a goal. Joe Hart denied Chris Smalling from an amazing opportunity, while Jesse Lingard hit the crossbar to keep the game 0-0. Here’s the updates to the United Player Power Rankings.
Note: City played like a little team that wanted to frustrate historical giants in their backyard. They played 3 holding midfielders, and Wilfried Bony was basically a midfielder. Also, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones haven’t yet played enough games to get onto the list but they were wonderful on the day.
Manchester United played it safe and earned a 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow in Russia. The Russian side can beat most of the best on their day at home, so a draw should put them in a good place going into the second half of the group stages. Here’s an update on the weekly stacking of Manchester United players.
Power Rankings are a way to examine the form of many different participants in any given competition, but perhaps a competition that isn’t a competition is just as important. To think about how footballers within a team stand out is interesting, especially if the team is as varied and balanced in talent as Manchester United. You don’t need a genius to tell you that Messi and Ronaldo are the best players for their respective teams, but who tops the charts for Manchester United?