Although Manchester United walked off with a victory at the full time whistle, the home team didn’t deserve it. Sheffield United dominated the game throughout and defended phenomenally. The Blades deserved a win for their top notch performance but the silly penalty gave away the victory. Captain Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty and led United to a victory in injury time. Even by Manchester United’s recent standards this was almost comically dull. Being held scoreless by Chelsea or West Ham is one thing but when a League One side can manage it questions need to be asked. The late face-saver cannot hide the fact that Manchester United’s first shot on target took 70 minutes to arrive. It was a shameful performance and here we discuss the player ratings of each man in the game.

Manchester United

De Gea 6- Nothing much for him to do at the woodwork last night, was decent though

Darmian 5- Struggled in the defense, poor performance

Smalling 6- Decent performance, was one of the very few men on the pitch was had a fine game

Blind 5- Smalling did most of the job hence the Dutchman didn’t have loads for him on the platter, was exposed a few times

Borthwick-Jackson 7- Didn’t let the poor performance affect him, looked calm and composed, a very good start to his bright future

Mata 4- Poor performance, out of position on the right

Schweinsteiger 4- One expects a great deal from a World Cup winning pedigree, Schweini failed to live up to the expectations

Fellaini 4- Didn’t do justice in the deep lying midfield role

Herrera 4- Failed to dominate, frustrating player all over again

Martial 6- His individual performance was decent but he too looked poor with the team

Rooney 5- Poor touches, the goal was the only positive note

Sheffield United

Long 7- Didn’t have anything to do at the goal since the opponents played disastrously

Brayford 7- Showed his worth, good contribution at the right back position

Collins 7- Stood firmly against Rooney, positionally sound at the heart of Nigel Adkins’ back four

Edgar 8- Brave performance, intelligent defensive skills

McEveley 7- Always had to off-colour Mata playing in front rather than behind

Coutts 7- Threat at the right, decent delivery, had Bastian in his pockets

Hammond 6- Controlled the mids, made a stunning block late on but then stupidly brought Depay down even later

Basham 9- Tremendous 90 minutes, single handedly bossed the midfield

Woolford 6- Fair performance, wasn’t able to contribute enough

Sharp 6- Cut an isolated figure for much of the first half, Could barely walk on coming off

Sammon 7- Big physical presence and bothered Smalling aerially