Manchester United player ratings: Memphis Depay disaster leaves Louis van Gaal on brink

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Manchester United suffered a 2-0 loss to Stoke City on Saturday and in turn it leaves Louis van Gaal under immense pressure in his bid to save his job.

The Red Devils slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions as the Dutch tactician continues to fight off speculation surrounding his future.

Stoke City 2-0 Manchester United video report
Arnautovic goal video: Stoke star hits unstoppable effort past De Gea.
Bojan goal video: Depay mistake hands Stoke lead in crunch clash.

Memphis Depay was at fault for helping the hosts take the lead before Marko Arnautovic added a second, find out how the Dutch winger and his teammates fared in our player assessment below:

David de Gea – 5

Not much the Spaniard could have done for either goal. Let down by his defence for the first while Arnautovic’s strike left him without much chance of keeping his side in the game.

Phil Jones – 5

Not the greatest display from the England international as he didn’t offer much going forward and was never incisive defensively.

Chris Smalling – 5

Given the performances that the centre-back has produced this season, it was less commanding which in turn resulted in Stoke enjoying success in the final third.

Daley Blind – 5

Struggled with his footing in a clumsy display and was given a torrid time by the likes of Glen Johnson and particularly Xherdan Shaqiri.

Ashley Young – 6

Didn’t offer enough in attack as United struggled to make inroads down either flank, but remained committed and tried his best in defence which included a key intervention on Arnautovic.

Michael Carrick – 5

If United are successful, it often means that Carrick has had a solid game with his ability to set the tempo and push his team forward. Failed to have that effect and didn’t do enough.

Ander Herrera – 5

Had chances to make a decisive contribution for his team, but was unable to add a telling final touch which could have had an impact on the result.

Juan Mata – 6

The Spaniard was arguably the best chance that United had of scoring as he went close in the second half. Despite his best efforts to change the course of the game, it wasn’t his day either.

Marouane Fellaini – 5

Should of done better with an effort that was saved by Jack Butland in the second half and wasn’t able to have the impact his team needed.

Memphis Depay – 4

Made a costly error in the build-up to the first Stoke goal and aside from a freekick in the first half, failed to have a decisive impact in the final third for his side.

Anthony Martial – 5

Poor performance from the French international in general, as he didn’t make the most of his rare chances to score and was unable to lead the line effectively.


Wayne Rooney – 6

Arguably should have started the game given his impact after coming on for the second half, as the captain woke his team up and made them a more dangerous proposition.

Andreas Pereira – 5

The youngster didn’t have much time to make a contribution but will hope to have more chances in the future.

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