A 4-0 loss to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United sounds far worse than what it really was.
A score line which flatters United, but highlights a lack of depth in our squad which tired towards the end. Take nothing away from the visions who did exceptionally well to capitalise, but Paul Clement’s men will feel aggrieved when they look back on the game in training next week.
Here’s my player ratings from this afternoon’s game:
Lukasz Fabianski – 6
Couldn’t have done much about any of United’s goals. Unlucky not to prevent their first goal after a good save initially. A couple of dropped crosses but nothing to worry about from the Polish stopper.
Kyle Naughton – 6
Not an awful performance, but lacked attacking intent for a wing-back. Pressed well and was sound defensively, though still one of our weaker players.
Federico Fernandez – 8 (MOTM)
Thrived with the captain’s armband. Outstanding for the best part of the game with some crucial tackles and clearances. Threat from attacking corners and shouldn’t be too concerned about the score line.
Kyle Bartley – 7
Formation change allowed Bartley to come in and do very well. Like Fernandez, solid at the back and will be happy with his performance. Replaced by Narsingh just past the hour to try and nick an equaliser.
Alfie Mawson – 6
Decent performance from the former Barnsley man. Did as well as expected and won’t be too disheartened by the score line. Caught out on the ball a couple of times but again, nothing to read too much into.
Martin Olsson – 6
Some good link-up play as ever with Tom Carroll, but couldn’t find the killer ball. Defended well and enjoyed getting forward more in a wing-back role.
Roque Mesa – 7
Great debut from the Spaniard who came in for an injured Leon Britton. Took too much time on the ball at times but that’ll change with Premier League experience. Lucky escape as a stray pass almost sent Lukaku through early on. The Swans lost identity in midfield when he went off – Leon Britton would be proud.
Leroy Fer – 6
Usually a dominant force in midfield, Fer struggled to make any real impact against the likes of Pogba and Matic. One wild strike on goal and a lunge he probably should’ve been booked for is all he really added to the game.
Tom Carroll – 6
Average performance from the creative midfielder. Put in a few good corners and linked up well on the left hand side.
Jordan Ayew – 4
Not a great performance from Ayew. Worked hard but was awful on the ball and was technically poor. Didn’t look comfortable up front with Abraham which outlines our need for additions.
Tammy Abraham – 6
Worked himself into some great positions but didn’t really have any clear opportunities. Always unlikely that he’d have much of an impact with a defensive starting 11, but did what he could to get involved.
Luciano Narsingh (for Bartley, 67′) – 5
Didn’t have much of an impact on the game, but wasted possession when he got on the ball.
Wayne Routledge (for Mesa, 67′) – 5
Lost the ball on several occasions when he came on. Rarely involved other than that.
Oli McBurnie (for Abraham, 82′) – 6
Came on as United scored their third.