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Manchester United v Tottenham - player ratings

MANCHESTER UTD

DAVID DE GEA: The Spaniard was not over-worked but dealt confidently with everything that came his way. Won the battle against Christian Eriksen and his free-kicks, with an excellent second-half stop from one preserving his clean sheet. 7

ANTONIO VALENCIA: Willing to provide attacking width whenever he could while still keeping a sound defensive watch. A costly booking rules him out of midweek trip to Crystal Palace. 7

PHIL JONES: Another dependable display from the reborn centre-back. Stayed alert to keep Harry Kane quiet, always managing to get some part of his body on the ball when danger lurked. 7

MARCOS ROJO: Difficult to imagine the Argentinian being part of Jose Mourinho's first team if everyone was fit, but continued his marked improvement of recent weeks, even if he had some customary anxious moments. 7

MATTEO DARMIAN: Looked at ease against Son Heung-min, but the muscular menace of Moussa Sissoko was a completely different ball game. The left-back role still seems an alien position for the Italian despite a run of games there. 6

MICHAEL CARRICK: Provided an assured presence in United's midfield. Always looks to get the ball forward and has a handy knack of being in the right place to take the pressure off his defenders. 7

ANDER HERRERA: High-energy display in breaking up play and snapping away at the heels of the Spurs midfield. Claimed assist for United winner when he slotted a lovely ball into Henrikh Mkhitarayan's path. 7

PAUL POGBA: Just not the Frenchman's day in front of goal. Almost scored in the second minute and when Hugo Lloris was not thwarting him, the woodwork got in the way of his brilliant free-kick. 7

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN: Rifled home his opening Premier League goal just a few days after his first for United in Europe. Finally adapting to life in England after a difficult start and United will pray his late ankle injury is not serious. 8

ANTHONY MARTIAL: Spent more time tracking Kyle Walker back to his own goal than he would have wanted to. Limited attacking threat and replaced in the last 20 minutes as United utilised Marcus Rashford's pace on the break. 6

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC: Few chances to add to his hot scoring streak, although Lloris did deny him at the base of a post. Strong holding up the ball with defenders at his back when United were looking for a release valve. 7

Substitutes

MARCUS RASHFORD: (for Martial, 72mins): Stretched Spurs late on with good effect. 7

ERIC BAILLY (for Mkhitarayan, 84mins): Plugged hole after Mkhitaryan's late injury. 6

MAROUANE FELLAINI (on for Herrera, 90+6mins): On for final seconds but booed by some United fans after Everton error. 6

TOTTENHAM

HUGO LLORIS: Made some excellent saves to deny Pogba and Ibrahimovic and it needed an excellent goal to beat him. No chance with United's winner as Mkhitaryan lifted his shot over him. 7

KYLE WALKER: Won his duel against Martial and bombed forward down the right when opportunity allowed. Found Rashford a more annoying opponent and booked for pulling back the teenager. 7

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD: First league start for two months after a knee injury but looked as if he had never been away. Engrossing duel of strength with Ibrahamovic and had to show his pace on occasion as well. 7

JAN VERTONGHEN: Did not appear as comfortable as his Belgian centre-back partner Alderweireld. More easily shrugged off the ball but took up some good defensive positions to provide some excellent blocks. 6

DANNY ROSE: England full-back had his hands full when Mkhitarayan was in possession but it did not stop him venturing forward. Might have taken on late shooting opportunity when he surged into United box. 6

VICTOR WANYAMA: Will be wondering how he did not equalise when he was left unmarked from a free-kick at the far post. Booked for challenge on Jones which summed up his combative approach. 6

MOUSSA DEMBELE: Neat and tidy in possession but unable to leave a lasting impression on the contest. Sacrificed in the final quarter as Spurs went in search of an equaliser. 5

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN: Flitted in and out of the game and Spurs needed more from his creative juices. Free-kicks hit the target, but he has not been so potent this season and De Gea was equal to them. 5

DELE ALLI: Not enough end product from the England midfielder. Being positioned out on the left did not seem to suit him and he cut a frustrated figure at the end as Spurs' attacks petered out. 5

SON HEUNG-MIN: Threatened on a couple of occasions but the South Korean flattered to deceive. Eventually made way for Sissoko just before the hour mark. 6

HARRY KANE: Out of sorts as he made little impression on the home defence. Culpable of losing possession in the build-up to United's winner and only his reputation kept him on the pitch for 90 minutes. 4

Substitutes

MOUSSA SISSOKO: (for Son, 57 mins): Spurs benefited from his extra physical presence as he provided real thrust down left flank. 7

HARRY WINKS: (for Dembele, 67mins): Made little impression in the final quarter. 5

GEORGES-KEVIN N'KOUDOU (for Eriksen, 83mins): Barely got involved late on. 5

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