Man Utd player ratings v Everton: Bruno Fernandes is a boss! Midfielder runs the show as Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial fire Red Devils to another home win

Bruno Fernandes Manchester United 2022-23
The United captain orchestrated the play as Erik ten Hag's side ran out 2-0 winners over the Toffees to shore up their top-four position

Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial fired Manchester United to a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Everton to keep Erik ten Hag's side in contention for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

United blitzed the Toffees in the first half and had a total of 20 shots, although it took 36 minutes for them to break the deadlock, as Antony hit the post and Aaron Wan-Bissaka missed a sitter before McTominay broke the deadlock.

Martial made sure of the points in the second half, but the real star of the show was Bruno Fernandes, who monstered the midfield, protecting United's back-line while fuelling the attack.

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The Portugal international was unfortunate not to score himself, denied in the second half by one of several fine saves from Jordan Pickford.

However, there was some concern when Marcus Rashford limped off with a suspected muscle injury late on.

GOAL rates the Manchester United players from Old Trafford...

  1. Goalkeeper & Defence
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    Goalkeeper & Defence

    David de Gea (6/10):

    Had a very quiet afternoon. Was better with his kicking but was rarely put under pressure by Everton and was fortunate to see Ellis Simms roll the ball wide of his goal when clean through.

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka (4/10):

    Did well in defence but gets a low mark for his horrendous open-goal miss after Antony's shot against the post landed at his feet with Pickford down.

    Harry Maguire (5/10):

    Struggled against Demarai Gray and was clunky in possession.

    Lisandro Martinez (7/10):

    His usual assured self and almost got an assist for an exquisite through ball from defence which Antony sent against the post. Sparked United's second goal with long ball up to Rashford.

    Tyrell Malacia (6/10):

    Solid in defence although not nearly as strong going forward as Luke Shaw.

  2. Midfield
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    Bruno Fernandes (9/10):

    Bossed the midfield, doing his best Casemiro impression while supplying many intelligent passes up to the wasteful attack.

    Scott McTominay (7/10):

    Got the ball rolling with an assured finish from inside the area, his fifth goal in as many games for club and country.

    Marcel Sabitzer (6/10):

    Lively again in attack but will be disappointed not to have scored.

  3. Attack
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    Antony (6/10):

    Was very involved but his shooting left a lot to be desired.

    Marcus Rashford (7/10):

    Spurned several good chances to open the scoring in the first half but set up Martial's goal. Caused a lot of concern when he limped off the pitch in the second half.

    Jadon Sancho (7/10):

    Combined well with Antony and Rashford while it was his incisive, intelligent pass which released McTominay for the crucial first goal.

  4. Subs & Manager
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    Subs & Manager

    Anthony Martial (7/10):

    Grabbed his first goal since recovering from injury and his movement was very good. If only he can stay fit for the rest of the season.

    Fred (6/10):

    Kept United in charge of the game with an energetic cameo.

    Christian Eriksen (7/0):

    Got a rousing reception when he came off the bench to make his first appearance for three months. Kept the ball well and his return is a big boost for the rest of the season.

    Wout Weghorst (5/10):

    Didn't do much in his 10 minutes on the pitch.

    Erik ten Hag (6/10):

    Made one change to the team that beat Brentford (Maguire for Raphael Varane) and got his substitutions spot-on.