Manchester United player ratings of the season: Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw brilliant

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David De Gea

Produced his best performances when under the cosh after the Everton collapse in February. Responded well to Dean Henderson’s No.1 stint and deserved to start the final. Prevented a disaster in Rome with a superb performance but then he endured a torturous penalty shootout. 6

Dean Henderson

Merited a regular run sooner than March but largely excelled during his six-game audition. Impressed a lot and improved those in front of him, but made some bad errors against Liverpool that cost him a Europa League final start. 7

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Not hit the heights of his first season. Nigh-on unbeatable in one-on-ones but was targeted with far post crosses that was his undoing again against Fulham. Still not doing enough in the final third with his crossing. 6

Brandon Williams

A write-off of a season and will rightly feel hard done by for not being allowed to leave on loan in January. His development has stagnated and he needs a season-long loan in 2021-22. 3

Harry Maguire

You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Maguire’s weaknesses are noticeable and his strengths are obvious when he is not playing. Recovered from a nightmare start and was outstanding in the derby defeat. 7

Victor Lindelof

United’s worst league defeats came without Lindelof in the line-up. Such stats are deceiving and Lindelof was fortunate to play as much as he did in the first half of the season. Weak in conceding Villarreal’s goal after he had improved in the spring, particularly away at City and AC Milan. 5

Eric Bailly

At one point, Maguire was better next to Bailly. Was in excellent form at the turn of the year but failed to oust Lindelof. Still too injury-prone and lucky to start the final, which he did not last due to another apparent injury. 5

Axel Tuanzebe

No United centre-back enjoyed a better display than Tuanzebe against Paris Saint-Germain. That performance was an anomaly as he was denied opportunities in the league and his confidence was dented by Demba Ba in Istanbul, as well as the defeat to Sheffield United. 5

Luke Shaw

One of United’s handful of world-class players. Had the best season of his career and finally developed into a modern full-back. Excellent at both ends of the pitch and United’s player of the year. 9

Alex Telles

Peaked in Paris. Telles has jolted Shaw but failed to take his chances when he started and his European form was so underwhelming Shaw came back in for the latter stages of the Europa League. 5

Nemanja Matic

Predictably had a bit-part role in a season where United have suffered few injuries in midfield. His starting role in the FA Cup quarter-final at Leicester was a mistake. 5

Donny van de Beek

The Dutchman has the talent and pedigree to come good in his second season but his first has been a disaster. Under-used at the start yet when he finally came into the XI he froze at West Ham and did not get another league start for five months. 3

Scott McTominay

His goal-getting suggested he could hit double-figures but then they dried up. Usually solid but endured a subdued end to the season until the Europa League final, when he was spirited. 6


One goal and zero assists are unflattering numbers for a midfielder, even a deep-lying one. Fred is not necessarily in the team to rack up numbers yet cost United £52million. They can do better. 6

Paul Pogba

Ironically turned up after his agent said he would be leaving. Pogba has not outright committed to United but his form since December was largely excellent and he was missed immensely during a six-week lay-off. Scored key winners against Fulham and Milan but ineffectual in the final after he moved deep. 7

Daniel James

An underwhelming second season after the surprise success of his first. Played nearly half as many games as last season. Season high was in the 6-2 thrashing of Leeds but often not at the required level. 5

Juan Mata

His playing time was restricted due to sad circumstances as his mother passed away in March. When he did start, he often influenced matters. Will be remembered fondly if he leaves. 5


So far, so good. Only started twice and had a handful of cameos but scored superbly against AC Milan and impressed against Leicester and Wolves. 6

Bruno Fernandes

No such second season syndrome. Without his goalscoring and creativity, United would not have progressed on their Premier League position. Was out of sorts in the spring but still gets to keep the Sir Matt Busby statue. 8

Anthony Martial

Started the season badly but, unlike most of his teammates, things got worse. Martial mustered two goals from his 17 league starts and, once again, responded limply to competition from an established forward in Edinson Cavani. 3

Marcus Rashford

Broke the 20-goal barrier again and ran riot in the first weeks of the season, scoring brilliantly against Brighton and Paris Saint-Germain before tallying a quick-fire hat-trick against RB Leipzig. His performance level has not been high enough, though, and his place came under threat. 6

Two months ago, Cavani lacked commitment and United were in danger of lacking a standout number nine next season. Since Tottenham away, Cavani has been relentless, a great goalscorer and scorer of great goals. 8

Mason Greenwood

The first few months of the season were a learning curve after the Reykjavik transgression. In the last third of the campaign, he was one of United’s most consistent performers and embarked on a superb goalscoring streak. Netted four league winners. 8

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