LUKE SHAW turned in his most impressive performance for years as Manchester United brushed aside Derby.

The England left-back thought he had opened the scoring, only for replays to show the ball deflect off Jesee Lingard’s back.

Luke Shaw was at the heart of most of Man Utd’s good play
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But he scooped the man-of-the-match award regardless, even with Odion Ighalo netting twice.

Here’s how SunSport’s Sunni Upal rated the United players.

MANCHESTER UNITED RATINGS

Sergio Romero – 7/10

A quiet night at the office, not a lot of work to do apart from a late save from substitute Jack Marriott.

The Argentine has become Manchester United’s Thursday goalkeeper so expect to see him at LASK next week.

Diogo Dalot – 7

Strong performance at right-back from the back-up to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Could’ve perhaps done more to stop some threatening crosses from Max Lowe but fairly assured and threatening going forward.

Victor Lindelof – 7

Stepped up and led in the absence of the injured Harry Maguire at the back.

Little to do defensively but brought a sense of calm and order to a much-changed back line.


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Eric Bailly – 6

A bit rash and reckless at times but got away with it thanks to the support around him and Derby’s lack of threat.

He was lucky that Martyn Waghorn’s header at the beginning of the second half went just wide after he failed to track the run.

Luke Shaw – 9

A marauding, lung-busting performance from the left-back, who was critical in both first-half goals.

The first one would’ve been his but for a deflection off Jesse Lingard’s back and for the second goal he found Odion Ighalo in the penalty area to slot home.

Odion Ighalo was set up by Luke Shaw to double United’s lead
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Fred – 6

A bit slow and sloppy in possession at times but it didn’t cost Man Utd too much in a game they were always in control of.

A steady, controlled performance without ever really catching the eye.

Scott McTominay – 6

Comfortable and rarely troubled but wasted a few opportunities going forward.

Had little to do in the middle of the park other than recycle possession with no real threat coming from the Derby midfield.

Juan Mata – 8

Seems to have worked up a really good understanding with new signing Bruno Fernandes.

He may not have the pace he used to but can still unlock a defence with his creativity.

Bruno Fernandes – 8

Another really impressive showing from the new signing, only this time he didn’t bag a goal or assist.

Some of his runs into space and the penalty area showed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer what he’s been missing.

Jesse Lingard – 7

Scored a goal that he knew nothing about as it bounced off his back from Luke Shaw’s shot.

A few half-chances in the second half to score a second and could’ve done so with a bit more luck in front of goal.


Odion Ighalo – 8

Three goals in two starts now in a Manchester United shirt. Took both of these tonight really well, just like a natural finisher would.

Fitness is the only thing holding him back right now otherwise he could feature a lot more in the run-in.

Substitutes: Andreas Pereira (Fernandes 67, 6), Anthony Martial (Fred 73), Brandon Williams (Shaw 80).