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.
The only rule to qualify for the action is that every player has to have played at least half of United’s games. So far, United has played 15 games this season, so any player that has appeared in at least 8 games qualifies. In addition, the more games a player has played, the higher up they are likely to be on the list, but this condition isn’t a rule.
16. Ashley Young, Wing, 8 apps
Previous Rank: 15
Ashley Young didn’t feature in United’s draw against Moscow and, as a result, falls down the list a bit (injury). He will also likely miss the City game, so another missing appearance would take him out of the list.
15. Luke Shaw, LB, 8 apps
Previous Rank: 13
Luke Shaw is just bowing out of the rankings now, and with 2 players below him putting in good performances, he’s slowly bowing out.
14. Marouane Fellaini, CDM/ST, 8 apps
Previous Rank: 14
Marouane Fellaini came on for Bastian Schweinsteiger at half time, and put in a decent performance. His impact as a midfield substitute is a very interesting thing to gage.
13. Antonio Valencia, RB, 9 apps
Previous Rank: 16
Antonio Valencia put in a great shift against Moscow as Louis van Gaal opted to rest Matteo Darmian. He grabbed the assist for United’s goal with a beautiful cross.
12. Michael Carrick, CDM, 11 apps
Previous Rank: 10
Carrick is nursing an injury and Fellaini is playing well in his place of 3rd midfielder, so he continues to fall down the pecking order.
11. Memphis, Attacking Midfield, 14 apps
Previous Rank: 11
Memphis came on as a substitute in today’s fixture, threatening with a couple of decent crosses. United, however, seemed to be okay with the draw, so he wasn’t able to make too much of an impact.
10. Wayne Rooney, CAM/ST, 14 apps
Previous Rank: 12
Wayne Rooney is slowly finding his feet, though he didn’t find the back of the net. He looked lively again today!
9. Bastian Schweinsteiger, CDM, 15 apps
Previous Rank: 8
Bastian Schweinsteiger played very poorly against Moscow, as shown by his change for Marouane Fellaini at half time. He’s still settling into the team, but he’s also slowing down a bit.
8. Daley Blind, CB/LB, 14 apps
Previous Rank: 9
Daley Blind came on at LB as a substitute for the struggling Marcos Rojo. He didn’t earn his place against City, but he was a safe change. He moves up due to Schweinsteiger’s poor performance.
7. Ander Herrera, CDM/CAM, 9 apps
Previous Rank: 6
Ander Herrera was an important factor for United in the second half, but unable to affect the game in the first. Herrera moves down due to a fantastic performance from…
6. David de Gea, GK, 9 apps
Previous Rank: 7
David de Gea is back! With a series of top level performances in recent weeks, his working his way back up to the top of the pile. The top 7 have distanced away from the rest of the pack.
5. Morgan Schneiderlin, CDM, 11 apps
Previous Rank: 5
If Morgan Schneiderlin had played those few games he didn’t, he’d be at the top of the pile. He’s really threatening the big 4 (the most praised players in the media). He was my MOTM for the Moscow game too,as he was fantastic in both his passing and tackling.
4. Matteo Darmian, Fullback, 14 apps
Previous Rank: 4
Matteo Darmian was rested against Moscow, and you can see why; he’s tired and he has to mark in-form Raheem Sterling on Sunday. He only doesn’t take a hit due to the difference between 4th and 5th.
3. Anthony Martial, LW/RW/ST, 9 apps
Previous Rank: 3
Anthony Martial made up for a poor first half in which he caused a goal, with an amazing diving header. He stays neutral despite second not playing, because he doesn’t have the same amount of featuring to be considered a consistent top threatening player like the first 2.
2. Juan Mata, Attacking Midfield, 14 apps
Previous Rank: 2
Juan Mata got his first rest against Moscow. The team’s creativity went slightly missing, and Ander Herrera clearly needed him. Jesse Lingard was quietly good though in his absence…
- Chris Smalling, CB, 15 apps
Previous Rank: 1
Chris Smalling has started every game this season, and he’s been spectacular in most- if not all- of them. He retains his top spot, and we’ll see if he can recover from his derby madness of last season on Sunday.