Actually pretty decent at the start of the season, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s form tailed off before he left for Arsenal in January. The Armenian clearly has talent and is starting to show it for the Gunners, but it just wasn’t quite the right fit for him under Mourinho.
Harshly criticised by Mourinho, Luke Shaw has not played as much as he would have liked but has always done a pretty good job when called upon, looking improved with his defensive awareness and offering plenty going forward.
Started the season superbly before dropping off, Marouane Fellaini clearly has a role to play in this side, but with his contract running down it looks as though he’s being phased out. Not quite starting XI-quality anyway, really.
A quality player who doesn’t really get enough of a look-in, but Juan Mata always seems to do the business when he is involved. Plays a slightly deeper role than he used to, but his passing and vision are superb and he can chip in with the odd goal as well.
Needs to score more goals, but otherwise another very decent campaign from Marcus Rashford, who is undoubtedly one of the finest young talents in Europe on his day, even if he remains a little raw and inconsistent.
One major positive of the season has been the rise of Scott McTominay in midfield. A combative, no-thrills midfielder, the youngster looks ideal for a Mourinho side and should only improve as he gets more chances.
It’s hard to believe how long he’s held on at United, but Ashley Young continues to do the business at left-back for the club, recently keeping Mohamed Salah in his pocket completely as the Red Devils beat Liverpool.
Another solid and reliable performer, Antonio Valencia has made the right-back slot his own at United and fans love his energy and enthusiasm up and down that right-hand side.
Not exactly Mr Popular at the moment, but Paul Pogba has for the most part been pretty good this season. The France international has three goals and ten assists to his name and just needs to be given a little more freedom to play in his best role by Mourinho.
A huge talent, Anthony Martial has been more consistent and clinical this season and looks like developing into a truly world class forward. Alexis Sanchez’s arrival has meant fewer starts, but he surely has a big future at the club.
A top defender who’d surely be higher on our list if not for injuries, Eric Bailly is certainly one for the future at United and worth building a back four around for many years to come.
Harshly criticised by many, but Romelu Lukaku has already scored 25 goals this season and we’re not even in April. The Belgium international may not be the perfect striker and probably won’t ever be Ballon d’Or material, but at this level he is an absolute handful up front and guarantees goals.
Goals (all comps) in their first season at Man Utd:
Cristiano Ronaldo – 6
Andrew Cole – 12
Dimitar Berbatov – 14
Wayne Rooney – 17
Carlos Tevez – 19
ROMELU LUKAKU – 25
Not bad for a ‘flop’ ? pic.twitter.com/DH6aTnoJ6I
— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) March 25, 2018
A dream signing for a Mourinho midfield, Nemanja Matic has unsurprisingly shone since swapping Chelsea for United in the summer, in what looks alongside Diego Costa as an absolutely bizarre sale by the Blues.
With 13 goals and four assists, Jesse Lingard is certainly one of the most improved players of the season and has carried United in many of their biggest performances this season. The England international isn’t everyone’s cup of tea with his social media antics, but on the pitch he’s becoming one of United’s most important players and undoubtedly one of the top attacking players in the Premier League.
David de Gea
We’re running out of superlatives for David de Gea, who has had another incredible season packed full of memorable saves. The Spain international single-handedly gave United a win at Arsenal earlier in the season, and has also pulled off what looked like impossible stops to earn 0-0 draws with Liverpool and Sevilla. There are more, but it’s hard to keep up with De Gea’s brilliance as he established himself as surely the best in the world in his position.