Marouane Fellaini – 4/10
While he came to symbolise everything that was wrong with appointing David Moyes, and then everything that was wrong with the club in the years that followed, thanks to his lack of ability, he did show up on a few occasions when it mattered. He scored crucial goals in the semi-finals of all three cup competitions we’ve won since Fergie retired and played well on occasion. But he was never good enough, yet still the club managed to put him in a position to hold us to ransom when it came to renegotiating a new contract, before being sold a few months later.
Guillermo Varela – 1/10
Varela didn’t do an awful lot. He didn’t play a game in the first two seasons after signing, being loaned out, and then Louis van Gaal gave him a go in 2015-16. He played in 11 games in all competitions, when our defence had been hammered by injuries. Tried hard, particularly in those Europa League games against Liverpool, but the fact he was re-signed by the Uruguayan club we bought him from last year tells you enough about his quality, or lack of.
Juan Mata – 6/10
The most likeable footballer that United have had for some time. He’s just a genuinely good bloke. He will be best remembered for his two goals at Anfield and his FA Cup final goal in 2016. He never reached the heights at United that he did at Chelsea, probably because we rarely used him in his best position, and persisted in playing him out wide once his legs were gone. But he gave us some great moment and his signing, when he arrived at Carrington in a helicopter, was probably the one I was most excited about over the past six years.
Ander Herrera – 6/10
After the bizarre situation the year before when the club claimed “imposters” were negotiating on their behalf, the Spaniard has done well for United. He’s never managed to really claim a starting midfield position for himself on a regular basis, but in some of United’s biggest games and when we’ve played at our best, he’s usually been on the field and done a job. He connects well with the fans and we’ll miss him when he leaves, which will likely be this summer.
Luke Shaw – 5/10
The best we’ve seen of Shaw were probably the first 10 games of the 2015-16 season before his awful injury at PSV. He was bursting in to the box when he was taken out, which is fitting, given he had regularly been the player to provide us with our best attacking threat at the start of that season. This year has been his best form since then, being named player of the month on a few occasions by our fans, although maybe some of that is due to the bar being set so low during his five seasons at the club. He turns 24 this summer, so is still young, but he needs to kick on now and keep himself fit. Over the five years, he’s barely played, averaging just 13 games a season in the league.
Angel Di Maria – 1/10
The Argentinian was an expensive waste of space. Louis van Gaal didn’t make his time easy, playing him out of position, but he never wanted to join the club and jumped ship as soon as he could. The best we saw out of him was probably that game against Leicester, where he pulled all the strings, and we went 3-1 up, before we collapsed, and lost 5-3. Di Maria scored three and assisted 10 in his 27 appearances. He then refused to come back to pre-season training and forced a move to PSG, the club he had wanted to join when he came to us. Good riddance.
Radamel Falcao – 1/10
This was a hugely exciting transfer, even if he had been fairly useless for a year or so before coming to us on an extortionate salary. Our desperation was taken advantage of and we snapped at the chance of getting him in on loan. I missed a goal in our game against QPR because I was watching him warm up on the sidelines for the first time, with the Stretford End singing his name on repeat. He scored 4 goals in 29 games in all competitions, against Everton, Aston Villa, Stoke and Leicester. His last goal came in January, with him scoring just twice in his final 20 appearances before being loaned to Chelsea, where he managed 1 goal in 12 appearances. He started banging them in for Monaco again when he returned there though.
Daley Blind – 5/10
A useful player who was relied upon heavily during injury crises in defence. He played at the centre, at left-back, and rarely in a position where he might have been quite useful, in midfield. Blind was a player you could count on and was surprisingly good when faced with domineering centre forwards, but his lack of mobility and pace meant he couldn’t cut it as the years went by. Mourinho probably should have used him more than he did. And now he’s in the Champions League semi-finals with Ajax. Good for him.
Victor Valdes – 1/10
He barely played. His debut was against Arsenal when he came on for De Gea, in what we thought would be the Spaniard’s last game at Old Trafford, and less than 10 minutes later Arsenal equalised (through no fault of his, to be fair). His second and final game was the 0-0 against Hull and he did well. The one time we needed him, when Van Gaal decided not to play De Gea when it looked like he was going to Real Madrid, was when the manager fell out with him and demoted him to the U-21s.
Memphis Depay – 2/10
Formed a nice partnership with Shaw on the left flank, but when Shaw picked up his injury Memphis’ form seemed to drop off too. He had plenty of potential and, under compatriot Van Gaal, we had high expectations of what he could achieve. There was no end product though, the fans and manager grew tired of him, and he was sold. He scored 19 goals and assisted 13 in the league last season for Lyon. OK, it is Ligue 1, but still.
Marcos Rojo – 3/10
Mourinho liked him because he put the team ahead of himself, which is admirable I guess, playing through injuries and exhaustion, even needing to eat a banana in a game during a period where he was playing for 90 minutes every few days. This determination to play even when injured lead to a cruciate ligament injury that kept him out for seven months. In the two seasons since that injury, he’s started just 14 games in all competitions (getting subbed off half-time during three of those). He’s had some good games for the club but he’s never been good enough.
Matteo Darmian – 3/10
Remember when this guy signed and we said we had our right-back problem solved? It started off so well, on the back of him bossing it for Italy against England, and he looked to be the real deal. He surely isn’t any worse than Antonio Valencia or Ashley Young though, so it’s weird he’s been overlooked this season. He was superb in the Europa League final of 2017 and if he could have performed at that level more often he wouldn’t be leaving this summer.
Bastian Schweinsteiger – 2/10
You think we’d get bored of Bayern Munich selling us their crocks, but apparently not. At least he only cost £5m. The fans wanted him to be good but he was past it by the time he signed for us. Had we managed to tempt him away from Germany a few years earlier it might have been a different story. Mourinho decided he didn’t want him before even giving him a chance, humiliating the midfielder who’d won it all by demoting him to the Reserves. This was probably a mistake, as he actually looked OK when an injury crisis meant he was given a go and he behaved admirably throughout. But there will always be that Watford goal.
Morgan Schneiderlin – 1/10
Absolute waste of time, this one. Lasted a season and a half for being moved on and we somehow managed recoup all of his transfer fee from Everton.
Sergio Romero – 6/10
The Argentinian was pretty poor when called upon at the beginning of the 2015-16 season in the few games before the transfer window closed and De Gea’s future was up in the air. But in the 2016-17 season he made a name for himself among the United fans, even getting a chant, after his impressive performances in the Europa League helped us lift the trophy.
Anthony Martial – 7/10
The Frenchman’s recent form might skew opinion, but Martial has been great for us, particularly during his first season at the club, but since then too. From his debut goal against Liverpool, to his injury-time FA Cup semi-final winner, he’s also scored against City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs. When he’s at his best, he’s incredible. The problem is, he goes through periods where he is nowhere close to his best and that’s so frustrating. This was blamed on Mourinho before but we’re seeing history repeat itself under Solskjaer.
Eric Bailly – 2/10
Bailly is probably the most unconventional centre-half we’ve ever seen at the club, who wins the ball in all sorts of weird ways, and was initially a popular player with the supporters. But he’s proven too often to be a massive liability over the past season. It’s so annoying, because there’s the feeling there’s a good player in there, but he’s 25 now, and his performances against PSG were probably the final nail in his coffin.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 7/10
He is a Swedish hero. We probably underestimated what a positive influence he was in the dressing room, as well as bagging plenty of goals on the pitch. He scored twice in the League Cup final, including the winner minutes from time, but was cruelly denied his place in the Europa Cup final in Stockholm because of injury. Most 35-year-olds would have their careers ended by a double cruciate injury but Zlatan managed to come back, even if not at the level required for the Premier League. But he scored 28 goals in that first season, which is incredible when you think he moved to a league where so many strikers have struggled. To do that in the back end of his career and be a success tells us a lot about his quality. But we only got one proper season out of him, sadly.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 3/10
The Armenian was great in our Europa League campaign, which culminated with a goal in the final, and showed signs of being a good player for United. But it wasn’t to be. The biggest criticism of him was he pretty much always went missing in the big games. It wasn’t even that he played particularly badly, he was just absent and shied away from the ball. You wouldn’t know he was on the pitch. He’s hardly set the world alight at Arsenal either. It was disappointing because he looked to be a real player.
Paul Pogba – 7/10
If he was surrounded by world class players, we would likely see him at his world class best, as we saw when he played alongside Pirlo and Vidal. As it is, he has spent his United career in a substandard midfield and hasn’t been able to drag us out of that often enough. Fans want a Bryan Robson, and he isn’t that. But at his best, he’s been great for us, and he’s our top scorer this season. The biggest criticism of him is his lack of consistency and all criticisms are only emphasised by his massive price tag. There will be plenty of fans who won’t be sad to see him go, if he leaves this summer, but his reputation will likely grow in his absence when they see what our midfield is like without him.
Victor Lindelof – 6/10
The Swede has been our best defender this season which, granted, is probably the easiest thing in the world. At 24, he’s got years of development ahead, after making great strides over the past year or two. He has been prone to the odd wobble but as he’s grown with confidence he’s looked far more assured. Hopefully we get to see much more from him over the years.
Romelu Lukaku – 5/10
Despite scoring an impressive 27 goals in his debut season, the crowd have struggled to warm to Lukaku and this wasn’t helped by Mourinho’s insistence on starting him in every single game, regardless of how poor his form was. He started off brilliantly, scoring all the time, but his decline over the past season has been fairly rapid. His first touch is agonisingly bad and he rarely shows up in the big games. A goal against Chelsea and a couple against PSG is as good as it’s got in two years, which is a poor return when you consider how many matches he’s played in. Still, at least we didn’t sign Morata.
Alexis Sanchez – 2/10
He stopped City from winning the league against us, a moment that we would never have lived down, by setting up all three goals in our come back at the Etihad last season. That alone is worth us swapping him for Mkhitaryan. But his salary has fucked up everything behind the scenes with negotiations with other players and he looks totally finished.
Nemanja Matic – 4/10
The Serb started really well for us. It was a surprise to see how good he was at bringing the ball forward, as well as breaking up play and shielding our poor defence. His highlight was probably that incredible goal against Palace, when we had been 2-0 down with half an hour to go, and he scored an injury time winner. He is so slow though and is declining rapidly. At least he had the decency to admit he was awful in the recent 4-0 thrashing by Everton.
Fred – 2/10
After signing for a huge fee, Mourinho wouldn’t play him, leading supporters to question just how awful he must in training, with every other midfielder given a go ahead of him. He’s played more under Ole, and has done OK at times, and always tries, but looks a mile away from the quality we need.
Diogo Dalot – 4/10
A full-back who can cross! Having just turned 20, he’s got years ahead of him and there could be a player in there. He’s still learning and adapting to a new league, and likely isn’t helped by being used in a number of positions in the limited playing time he’s been given.
Lee Grant – NA
Poor guy. His only appearance was for the 10 men of United after Sergio Romero got sent off against Derby in the League Cup. We drew and it went to penalties. Grant let in eight and we were knocked out. He’s a third choice goalkeeper with a few minutes of playing time under his belt. N/A is fairer than 0/10.
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