Manchester United ratings: Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire impress


Manchester United’s excellent start to life under Erik ten Hag continued as they beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at the MCG in their third pre-season tour match.

Their attack clicked once again with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all on the scoresheet after combining slickly throughout.

We assess the performances of each of the United players as they made it three wins from three under their new manager.

Manchester United made it three wins from three in pre-season against Crystal Palace

David de Gea

Made a couple of significant saves to keep out Palace’s fleeting attacking threat, including one from Malcolm Ebiowei in the first-half and a header from Ademola Ola-Adabomi after the break. Will be annoyed at Joel Ward getting a free header to beat him at the near post for Palace’s goal. 7

Diogo Dalot

A performance that suggested he will be first choice at right-back once the season begins. More than willing to push forward and delivered the perfect cross for Martial to score the opening goal. Looks a much better crosser than Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who will struggle to win his place back on this evidence. 7

Harry Maguire

If he was disheartened by his every touch being jeered during the opening stages, Maguire didn’t let it show. He kept his head focused on the task at hand and didn’t put a foot wrong as United kept Palace largely at arm’s length in the time he was on the pitch. 7

Harry Maguire was booed by a section of the crowd during the early stages of the game

Harry Maguire was booed by a section of the crowd during the early stages of the game

Victor Lindelof

Not unduly troubled in his defensive duties though there was one moment when he was outpaced by a Palace forward before being able to recover. Assured enough with his passing at the back. 6.5

Tyrell Malacia

On the evidence of his performances so far, Malacia looks a shrewd addition and will strongly challenge Luke Shaw for the left-back position in the season ahead. Involved in the first goal with a cross-field pass to Dalot and demonstrated that he can deliver a good inswinging corner on his first United start. 7

Tyrell Malacia once again looked lively on his first start and was involved in United's opener

Tyrell Malacia once again looked lively on his first start and was involved in United’s opener

Scott McTominay

Didn’t shirk away from a tackle during a first-half that had plenty of needle against familiar Premier League opponents. Was the one United player to be taken off at half-time having come close to picking up a booking on a couple of occasions. 6

Fred

Kept United flowing through midfield and was brimming with his usual tenacity. Got involved in a shoving match with Jordan Ayew as tempers flared during the second-half. Produced a lovely through pass to set Martial free in the early stages but the Frenchman couldn’t finish. 6.5

Jadon Sancho

A performance full of verve and threat that was rewarded with a goal in the second-half. Sancho took every opportunity to run at the Palace defenders and linked well with his fellow forwards. His finish was smart for the goal having given the keeper the eyes and he did well to remain onside. 7

Jadon Sancho looked delighted to cap a very good performance by scoring United's third

Jadon Sancho looked delighted to cap a very good performance by scoring United’s third

Bruno Fernandes

Helped the forward line rotate the ball well without producing the killer passes for which he is renowned. A decent enough showing but far from his peak. 6

Marcus Rashford

No question that Rashford’s confidence is slowly returning after the lows of last season. His first thought whenever he received the ball was to get his head up and get his legs moving to challenge the Palace defence. Rounded off a delightful team move for the second of United’s goals. 7.5

Anthony Martial

Another man of the match performance from a revitalised striker who can’t stop scoring. His early strike made it three from three during pre-season so far and what a contrast to the sorry figure that was loaned out to Sevilla back in January. There was no way he was missing his chance for the goal plus he had other openings and linked up well with Rashford in particular. 8

The confidence is flowing for Anthony Martial as he notched his third goal of pre-season

The confidence is flowing for Anthony Martial as he notched his third goal of pre-season 

SUBSTITUTES

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Must show more if he is to keep his position at right-back under Ten Hag. Admittedly he came on during a disjointed period of the game with the match already won but just didn’t get forward enough. 5

Will Fish

It’s easy to feel plenty of sympathy for the young defender despite his red card for dragging down Victor Akinwale as the last man. How many red cards do you see in pre-season? Ten Hag gave him a pat on the head as he walked off despondent, which suggested it won’t be held against him. 4

Will Fish was unfortunate to see a red card for bringing down Victor Akinwale as last man

Will Fish was unfortunate to see a red card for bringing down Victor Akinwale as last man

Alex Telles

Again introduced at centre-half which appears to be his fate now United have an abundance of left-backs. Mopped up any danger in the final stages as Palace looked to further reduce the arrears up against 10 men. 6

Donny van de Beek

Came on for McTominay at half-time and looked lively, playing a hand in the second goal as he rampaged into the Palace box. Ten Hag believes he is best as an attacking midfielder so we need to see a lot more of that. 6.5

Charlie Savage

Another assured outing for the teenager after he performed well in the win over Melbourne Victory on Friday. Some good touches, including one purposeful run into the Palace box. 6.5

Charlie Savage applauds the United fans in Melbourne after another decent cameo display

Charlie Savage applauds the United fans in Melbourne after another decent cameo display

Amad Diallo

Aimed to pick up the baton from the United attackers taken off midway through the second half and continue the pressure on the Palace defenders. Was cynically brought down on several occasions as a result. 6

Zidane Iqbal

Not as eye-catching as his cameo against Melbourne but one or two nice touches to keep United’s fans interested in his progress. 6

Hannibal Mejbri

Showed some good intent with a few powerful forward runs after being introduced for Rashford without being able to carve a great deal out. 6

Anthony Elanga

Managed to break clear of the Palace defence just the once in a low key cameo after coming on for Martial. Will face plenty of stiff competition this season but should get more chances to impress. 6

MANAGER

Erik ten Hag

The momentum builds and this was another performance to show that United’s attack is beginning to click even in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Ten Hag will be encouraged by the way Martial, Rashford and Sancho are linking up though no doubt he will see plenty of scope for improvement in other areas of the park. In terms of a confidence boost, to see those three attackers on the scoresheet couldn’t have been a better outcome. 

A tougher test will await in the form of Aston Villa on Saturday but pre-season really couldn’t be going much better on the field. 7.5

Erik ten Hag will have seen plenty of positive from another good performance and victory

Erik ten Hag will have seen plenty of positive from another good performance and victory



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