Manchester United played their first good game in a couple of weeks to beat West Brom 2-0, thanks to a goal from Jesse Lingard and a penalty from Juan Mata. They also secured a late 2-1 win against Watford. The game also represented United’s 5th clean sheet in a row, and that’s reflected in the latest version of the rankings.
The only rule to qualify for the action is that set player has to have played at least 10 games so far. Ranking tiers indicate players’ ability to move in the coming weeks. A player can move a maximum of 1 point in the ranking tiers (they are NOT ratings).
Antonio Valencia, RB, 10 apps
Last Week: 11 Change: -5! Ranking Tier: 4.5
Antonio Valencia didn’t appear in either match due to injury. Ashley Young may pass him in the RB pecking order, and he’ll fall out of the list because he’s out for 3 months.
15. Marouane Fellaini, CDM/CAM/ST, 12 apps
Last Week: 10 Change: -5 Ranking Tier: 5
Marouane Fellaini appeared as a substitute against Moscow, and looked very poor. He missed the West Brom game due to a minor knock, as well as the Watford game.
14. Marcos Rojo, CB/LB, 10 apps
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Ranking Tier: 5.5
Marcos Rojo is a new entry to the list, as he played very well and made the appearance count. He did concede a penalty that almost lost United the 3 points against Watford, but he’s been a good backup to Shaw overall.
- Wayne Rooney, CAM/ST, 19 apps
Last Week: 13 Change: 0 Ranking Tier: 5.5
Rooney scored and played well against CSKA Moscow, but he was poor against West Brom and didn’t play against Watford.
- Michael Carrick, CDM, 14 apps
Last Week 15 Change: +3 Ranking Tier: 5.5
Michael Carrick was one of United’s best players against CSKA Moscow, starting off the goal with a great pass. He wasn’t as influential against West Brom, but he still looked good. He injured his ankle playing for England, so he should be out for a while.
- Memphis, AM, 17 apps
Last Week: 12 Change: +1 Ranking Tier: 6
Memphis made a substitute appearance against CSKA Moscow but it was too late to make an impact. He did not appear against WBA. His hopes should be up, though, because he scored an excellent volley against Watford.
- Ashley Young, Wide, 14 apps
Last Week: 14 Change: +4! Ranking Tier: 6
Ashley Young started all three games at right back, and, though he didn’t do anything wrong, he didn’t influence any of the games. Nevertheless, it’s 3 games and 2 clean sheets for the defender.
Wayne Rooney scored the winner against CSKA Moscow, but he failed to make any sort of impact against West Brom and missed the game against Watford due to illness.
- Matteo Darmian, Fullback, 17 apps
Last Week: 6 Change: -3 Ranking Tier: 6.5
Matteo Darmian was benched for Ashley Young after a poor performance against Palace. He had too many yellow cards, so he served his suspension against West Brom and missed the game against Watford.
- Daley Blind, CB/LB, 19 apps
Last Week: 9 Change: +1 Ranking Tier: 7.5
Daley Blind played 2 games at centre-back and 1 at left-back, and he was excellent in all 3.
- Ander Herrera, Midfielder, 13 apps
Last Week: 8 Change: +1 Ranking Tier: 7.5
Ander Herrera did not appear against CSKA Moscow, and he made a substitute appearance against West Brom, and within 10 minutes he was indirectly involved in a goal, helping Anthony Martial win a penalty. He also got an assist in the 25 minutes he played against Watford with an excellent cross.
- Morgan Schneiderlin, CDM, 14 apps
Last Week: 4 Change: -2 Ranking Tier: 8
Morgan Schneiderlin picked up a minor illness after the Crystal Palace game, and didn’t play either game before getting 6 interceptions against Watford. He’s been great, but not as influencing as de Gea.
- David de Gea, GK, 13 apps
Last Week: 5 Change: 0 Ranking Tier: 8.5
David de Gea started all the games and kept 2 clean sheets, and in the 3rd game he won man of the match against Watford.
- Bastian Schweinsteiger, CDM, 19 apps
Last Week: 7 Change: +3 Ranking Tier: 8.5
Bastian Schweinsteiger played 2 fantastic games for United, providing a vital influence in both matches. He was instrumental in both games to all of United’s play, controlling the game in good fashion.
- Juan Mata, AM, 18 apps
Last Week: 3 Change: 0 Ranking Tier: 8.5
Juan Mata played both matches and looked good in both, and his controlling influence continues. He even buried a penalty in convincing fashion. Mata is doing a great job this season.
- Anthony Martial, Forward, 14 apps
Last Week: 2 Change: 0 Ranking Tier: 8.5
Anthony Martial was marked out against Moscow, but he did very well against West Brom. He was heavily involved in both goals, winning the penalty for Juan Mata and crossing the ball that was cleared for Lingard’s goal. He missed the Watford game with an injury.
- Chris Smalling, CB, 20 apps
Last Week: 1 Change: 0 Ranking Tier: 11
2 weeks, 2 clean sheets, 2 physical striker shutouts, and it’s another solid one for Chris Smalling. He’s played every game for United this season and hasn’t put a foot wrong.