Player ratings: Rashford & Carrick shine in comfy United win

Date published: Saturday 7th January 2017 2:41

Wayne Rooney may have made the headlines with his record-equalling goal but it was Marcus Rashford and Michael Carrick who shone for Manchester United in their victory over Reading.

Manchester United

Sergio Romero: Largely anonymous throughout a comfortable win for United. Made one decent save of note as he easily collected Liam Kelly’s drilled shot. 6

Ashley Young: A real threat up and down the flanks and rarely looked troubled defensively. Booked for late challenge on Jordan Obita – could maybe have been red. 7

Chris Smalling: Barely put a foot out of place all game. Comfortable and rarely tested by a blunt Reading attack. 7

Marcos Rojo: At 2-0 up, the Argentine was forced off with injury. It was a faultless first 18 minutes from the defender. 7

Daley Blind: Solid at the back for an impressive United backline. His corners were on the money most of the time. 7

Marouane Fellaini: Charged around the pitch trying to get possession back for his team. Got into the box well and had two good chances to score. 7

Michael Carrick: Flawless display from the Red Devils veteran. He was always available to receive the ball and added inventive, forward passing to United’s midfield. The ball for Rashford’s first goal was exquisite. 8

Juan Mata: Helped create numerous chances for the Red Devils and his lovely clipped cross to Rooney was a highlight of his performance. 7

Wayne Rooney: Lively performance from Rooney. The England international’s goal may not have been the prettiest as he turned in a Juan Mata cross by sticking out his right knee, but that won’t matter to Rooney. His goal means he now sits alongside Sir Bobby Charlton as Manchester United’s greatest ever scorer. 8

Anthony Martial: Did what he needed to do. Looked dangerous when on the ball running at defenders and finished classily for his goal. He collected a one-two with Rooney before curling a right-footed shot low past the keeper. 7

Marcus Rashford: Exceptional with his pace, skill and running. The 19-year-old was a constant thorn in Reading’s rearguard. Finished superbly to grab a deserved first goal in the latter stages before collecting a second through an awful error from Al-Habsi . 9

Substitutes

Phil Jones: Played over 70 minutes. Slotted in for the injured Rojo well – an accomplished display. 7

Bastian Schweinsteiger: Not much to note but he’ll be pleased to get out on the pitch. 6

Timothy Fosu-Mensah: Young talent got another chance to impress. Did nothing wrong. 6

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