RATINGS: All Manchester United players marked out of 10 after Leicester demolition

SoccerBy Sunday World
Paul Pogba celebrates scoring United's fourth goal
Paul Pogba celebrates scoring United's fourth goal

Jose Mourinho's side put four goals past Leicester City in the opening 45 minutes at Old Trafford this afternoon as a Wayne Rooney-less United outfit flourished against the champions.

Mourinho left Rooney out of the United starting line-up and got the performance he was looking for with a first-half destruction of Premier League champions Leicester.

Chris Smalling opened the floodgates with a 22nd-minute header and United then scored three goals in five minutes at the end of the half - a fine volley from Juan Mata followed by two more from corners from Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.

Leicester improved after the break and 20-year-old substitute Demarai Gray scored a stunning consolation but the damage was done and the 4-1 defeat was a chastening experience for Claudio Ranieri's men.


Paul Pogba - The midfielder has been underwhelming since the world record move that brought him back to Old Trafford from Juventus. But with this performance he showed why United shelled out so much money.

A dynamic presence in midfield, his apparently effortless passing created a succession of chances and his fine headed goal capped off a stellar afternoon.


If Mourinho was looking for teamwork, then he found it in United's second goal. Juan Mata played the ball back to Pogba and continued his run along the edge of the area before picking up a delightful back flick from Jesse Lingard and sending a volley arrowing into the far corner.


Mourinho dropped Wayne Rooney to the bench after criticism of the England captain's recent performances but any raised eyebrows at his team selection were quickly lowered.

United were untouchable in the first half after Chris Smalling gave them the lead in the 22nd minute. Leicester arrived at Old Trafford last season looking to wrap up the title but that seems a long time ago now. T

he defensive solidity that was a hallmark of their success has evaporated and is an issue Claudio Ranieri needs to address urgently.


Manchester United

David De Gea: Could do nothing about Demarai Gray's wonder goal and produced a good save when the youngster tried a repeat. 6/10

Antonio Valencia: Caught out early on by Marc Albrighton. Not as effective going forward as Daley Blind on the other side but willing as ever. 6

Eric Bailly: United's defence had a relatively quiet afternoon. 6

Chris Smalling: His headed goal opened the floodgates. 6

Daley Blind: The source of so much United pressure down the left and his corners directly led to three goals. 8

Ander Herrera: The attention was elsewhere but a solid performance in front of the back four. 6

Paul Pogba: The performance United fans have been waiting for from their world-record signing. His passing was sublime and his header was not bad either. 9

Jesse Lingard: Busy and willing and produced a fine flick for Mata's goal. 7

Juan Mata: Playing in his preferred number 10 role, Mata shone, scoring a superb goal and setting up the third for Marcus Rashford. 8

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: A goal was all that was missing, with the Swede a constant thorn in Leicester's side. 8

Marcus Rashford: Showed an unusual lack of composure when he was played in by Ibrahimovic but was not to be denied and turned in a training-ground corner routine for United's third. 7


Michael Carrick (for Lingard, 78): Always a reassuring presence in midfield. 5

Wayne Rooney (for Rashford, 83): Left out of the starting line-up but given a brief run-out. 5

Ashley Young (for Mata, 87): No time to make an impact. 5


Ron-Robert Zieler: Let down badly by his defence for the three goals United scored from corners. 5

Danny Simpson: United were rampant down their left in the first half, with Simpson struggling to deal with the twin threats of Blind and Rashford. 4

Wes Morgan: Leicester's defensive solidity was the cornerstone of last year's title success and they badly need to get it back. 5

Robert Huth: Normally such a dominant presence, Huth was beaten in the air for two of the goals. 4

Christian Fuchs: Fared better than Simpson but did not get a hold on the threat of Mata. 5

Daniel Amartey: Lacking in authority and too often left his defence exposed. 4

Danny Drinkwater: One of Leicester's better players on the day but his efforts were in vain. 6

Riyad Mahrez: Struggled to make an impact and taken off at half-time with the Champions League in mind. 5

Marc Albrighton: Had some bright moments in the first half but substituted early in the second. 5

Jamie Vardy: Starved of service and, like Mahrez, sat out the second half. 4

Islam Slimani: Never stopped running but could not offer any threat to De Gea's goal. 5


Andy King (for Vardy, 46): Had one of Leicester's better chances but hit it straight at De Gea. 5

Demarai Gray (for Mahrez 46): The bright spot for the Foxes was Gray's superb goal, and he almost grabbed a second. 6

Jeff Schlupp (for Albrighton, 62): Played his part in an improved second-half display. 5