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How the Manchester United players rated in their win over Leicester City

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Manchester United made it three successive wins in the Premier League with a victory over Leicester City. It wasn’t as easy as their first two matches and it looked like they could be frustrated as they were in several home games last season. However, their continued pressure finally told in the second-half and they took a deserved three points. Here is how they rated on Saturday:

David de Gea – The goalkeeper played his part as United kept yet another clean sheet. Their defence looks formidable and they are helped by knowing they have a quality player between the sticks. He did what he had to do when called upon. 7

Antonio Valencia – The Ecuadorian didn’t do anything to stand out, but it is his consistency in both halves that makes him integral to this side. A pass completion of 85% and two completed tackles show his worth. 7

Eric Bailly – There was a lot of fanfare around the signing of Victor Lindelof, but it could be the Ivorian that is the best defender at the club. He has been superb during the opening three weeks and he was impressive on Saturday. Whenever Leicester threatened, he was there to prevent them. 8

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Phil Jones – It is unclear how long he will keep his place in the team, but he has done nothing wrong to date. Another dependable and no-thrills display from the Englishman. 7

Daley Blind – This is the area that Jose Mourinho may look at to improve. Riyad Mahrez caused him problems and he was certainly the weakest link of the team. In posssession, he is good, but he causes an issue defensively. 6

Paul Pogba – The Frenchman was given the man of the match award by BT Sport. This was perhaps a little over-the-top, but he was impressive. Pogba seems to be playing with a real freedom and is great fun to watch. During the match he attempted six shots and there were times when his decision making let him down in this regard. 7

Nemanja Matic – The former Chelsea man has been a revelation since joining and he was excellent again on Saturday. He completed five ball recoveries and rarely gave the ball away, which allowed the rest of the team to go about their game with comfort. 8

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Juan Mata – He is always neat and tidy in possession, but he could have offered more in the final third. The Spaniard is the least dynamic of the forward players and that does hold him back. 6

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – It has been a great start to the season for the Armenian and he continued his good form against Leicester. The Armenian got the assist for the first goal and caused problems all evening, as shown by his four key passes. 8

Anthony Martial – Jose Mourinho placed his faith in the Frenchman and he responded well with a decent display. His pace and movement caused problems, while his eye for a pass was evident. During the matches, he made four key passes and showed his worth as a starter. 7

Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United look a better team with Lukaku on the pitch as he facilitates their attacking play. He may have missed a penalty, but his overall contribution was good. 6

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Marcus Rashford – It was disappointing for him that he was left out of the starting eleven, but he responded in the best way possible. His goal was well taken and his directness from the bench was impressive. 7

Marouane Fellaini – The Belgian had a part to play in the win as he got the second goal. Aside from that, he didn’t do much during his short time on the pitch. 6

Jesse Lingard – He played a major part in the second goal, but it is difficult to see him getting a lot of game-time this season 6

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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