Swansea 0-2 Man Utd Player Ratings: Super Smalling

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Jesse Lingard’s brace saw reigning League Cup winners Manchester United move into the last eight of the competition with a 2-0 win over Swansea. Here’s our player ratings from the match.

Swansea City

Kristoffer Nordtfeldt – ironically, he looked perhaps more suspect when United didn’t score than when they did. Could not do too much about either goal, but he was not punished for his spill that gifted Tuanzebe a golden chance in the six-yard box. 4

Angel Rangel – rarely tested directly due to United’s lack of width, although he did not provide much of that for Swansea. Gave the ball away in the build-up to the opener, but at least made a late saving challenge to maintain the scoreline’s dignified look. 4
Mike Van Der Hoorn – guilty of pressing too far up the pitch for United’s opener, allowing space in behind that Lingard exploited. If he’s going to win his place back for league games he cannot afford to be so rash. 3
Alfie Mawson – not a culprit for either goal and was one of the few Swansea players who can come away with some credibility. 7
Martin Olsson – some decent runs off the ball early, even if he didn’t show the pace to capitalize on good positions. Injured on 39 minutes. 6

Ki Sung-Yeung – shifted the ball quickly and simply, which helped Swansea during their better spells. His lack of aggression without the ball though meant he and the team had to do a lot of work with it. 5
Roque Mesa – one or two good passes, although perhaps too similar to Ki, lacking the physicality required to put pressure on the ball. Failed to track Lingard’s run for the opener. 3
Sam Clucas – as usual, he was a willing runner and showed some good movement into wide areas, but didn’t always have the product to match his passion. 5

Wayne Rouledge – might have won a penalty off Tuanzebe in the first half, but was otherwise anonymous. 2
Oliver McBurnie – enjoyed a brief spell of prominence in the latter stages of the first half, but was far too isolated. Difficult for a striker with limited experience above League Two to plough a lone furrow against a vastly experienced, top level centre-back. 2
Jordan Ayew – had a lively first half and got in behind Lindelof on occasions, but his decision making let him down. 5

Kyle Naughton (on 39) – although he didn’t do too much wrong, his use of the ball was a little too simplistic to give United any problems down the left flank. 4
Leroy Fer (on 67) – missed one presentable chance at the end. 6
Tammy Abraham (on 72) – made an instant impact, providing the biggest test for Romero all evening within two minutes of coming on. 7

Manchester United

Sergio Romero – showed unerring composure in possession at times and made two good saves in the closing stages, one of which from Abraham, which ensured a quiet finale. 7

Victor Lindelof – guilty of letting his opponents, especially Ayew, get goalside in the final third early on. Improved in the second half but his suspect positioning must improve if he is to be a success at Old Trafford. 4
Chris Smalling – largely dominated McBurnie and bailed out Lindelof on one or two occasions. Not a bad centre-back to have in reserve. 9
Axel Tuanzebe – might have conceded a penalty for a foul on Routledge but steadily grew in confidence. His experience of playing in midfield showed with his passing out from the back, including one to the flank which led to the second goal. 8

Matteo Darmian – denied space in behind and put in a good looping cross from deep for Lingard’s second. When he plays on the right it’s easier for him to produce that kind of delivery because he doesn’t have to cut onto his other foot. 7

Ander Herrera – played a ball into Martial that led to the first goal. Not so much an eye-catching performance as an efficient one, in which he was disciplined without the ball and sensible with it. 7
Scott McTominay – nearly curled the ball in with a left-footed shot but leant back too much when he took aim. Grew in influence and looked livelier in the latter stages than he did early on. 6
Daley Blind – made some good interceptions and played some intelligent passes, even though ideally one might want a little more thrust from a wing-back. 6

Jesse Lingard – intelligently positioned without the ball and showed one moment of quality to slot home the opener one-on-one, another to head in from the edge of the box. 7
Anthony Martial – his influence was restricted due to the lack of space in central areas, although he still showed flashes of what he could do. A nice single touch to set Lingard through on goal. 5
Marcus Rashford – some intelligent positioning out of possession that denied Swansea opportunities to play through the lines. It’s fair to say though that he has had more eye-catching evenings in a red shirt. 5

Nemanja Matic (on 67) – used the ball well in the closing stages. 7
Romelu Lukaku (on 67) – didn’t get the space he might have hoped for, with Swansea opting for damage limitation. 5
Luke Shaw (on 87) – showed energy in his short time on the pitch and kept things simple. 5