Player ratings as Red Devils reach Carabao Cup semi-finals
Manchester United reserved their place in the Carabao Cup semi-final with a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.
In a match with few chances, it was a quality moment from Edinson Cavani that turned out to be decisive. The Uruguayan struck a sparkling left foot from the edge of the zone into the bottom corner to give United the lead with two minutes out of time.
Substitute Anthony Martial confirmed United’s fourth place on death with a cool, close-knit finish.
Let’s move on to some player ratings.
Robin Olsen (GK) – 5/10 – Seemed a bit chaotic in the opening trade, padlocking Mina around the nose as he tried to strike clearly, before being nearly dispossessed by Cavani after hesitating on the ball. Did well to keep a Fernandes free kick.
Seamus Coleman (RB) – 6/10 – Embarks on a particularly tenacious descent on the right flank in the first half, gaining the upper hand on Telles before feeding Calvert-Lewin.
Michael Keane (CB) – 6/10 – Looked slow in the opening trade, dispossessed by Cavani and Greenwood in the opening eight minutes
Yerry Mina (CB) – 7/10 – Produces a formidable clearance and stretch on the stroke of half-time to prevent Cavani from being played on goal.
Ben Godfrey (LB) – 6/10 – Like most of Everton’s full five, looked messy early in the first half and was stolen by Axel Tuanzebe as the Toffees were on the verge of conceding. Gained confidence as the game progressed and took advantage of a few raids ahead. Allowed Cavani to cut inside on his left for the United winner.
André Gomes (CM) – 5/10 – Never really able to mark his authority on the game, with Doucoure the liveliest of the midfield duo. Gave the ball in the final third a few times and was substituted ahead of time.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (CM) – 7/10 – Offered so much in midfield, interrupting play effectively and deliberately progressing in possession. On an evening without incident, he was one of Everton’s most notable artists.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (CAM) – 6/10 – Created Everton’s most promising opening of the first half, breaking through challenges inside the box before seeing his goal-related effort blocked. Forced Henderson to make a good save on a well-struck free kick.
Richarlison (LW) – 5/10 – Frequently swapped flank with Iwobi but struggled to gain the upper hand over Telles or Tuanzebe. Forced on a head injury following a collision with Bailly after 55 minutes.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (ST) – 5/10 – Barely had a goal sniff, his evening being largely limited to the hold-up.
Alex Iwobi (RW) – 6/10 – Looked really sharp, showing flashes of real skill, but his final ball often went missing – especially during a promising second-half counterattack when he massively hit a cross from left.
Bernard – 5/10
Tom Davies – 6/10
Cenk Tosun – N / A
Dean Henderson (GK) – 6/10 – Maintained a Sigurdsson free kick with a solid, stretching save, but otherwise he had very little to do.
Axel Tuanzebe (RB) – 7/10 – Did well to hold Richarlison and dispossess Everton’s man as he leaped dangerously into United’s box in the first half, which typified his strong defensive performance.
Eric Bailly (CB) – 7/10 – Resolute defensive performance as Everton struggled to carve out meaningful opportunities. Well mopped up to prevent Calvert-Lewin from breaking through in the second half following a mistake by Maguire.
Harry Maguire (CB) – 6/10 – Performed an important interception to prevent the ball from falling on Godfrey in the box as Everton full-back prepared to strike towards goal. Lucky not to be punished after offering Calvert-Lewin possession in his own half.
Alex Telles (LB) – 7/10 – Picked Cavani at the far post with a looping cross in the first half, the United forward subsequently shooting an Olsen save. Produced another inviting delivery that was widely watched by Greenwood. Coleman beat him once in the first half, but otherwise completely secure defensively.
Nemanja Matic (CDM) – 6/10 – His in possession, moving the ball quickly and efficiently and did a decent job protecting all four full-backs as Everton was not threatening.
Paul Pogba (CM) – 6/10 – Teed up Van de Beek with a delicious back heel for the first opening of the game for United. Led a decent chance straight into Olsen’s throat in the first half, dispossessed Sigurdsson with a particularly good sliding challenge in the second.
Bruno Fernandes (CAM) – 6/10 – Opened up a good chance from the edge of the box in the second half – a position from which he would normally test at least the keeper. Hit the crossbar to death.
Mason Greenwood (RW) – 5/10 – I glanced at a head just off in the first half. Lively and dangerous during United’s first spell of domination but faded a bit as the game progressed. Replaced before the 70 minute mark.
Edinson Cavani (ST) – 8/10 – Almost opened the scoring with a volley from a tight angle, but was refused by Olsen. A real nuisance in the opening rally, but saw less ball as Everton grew in the game. Hit the winner with a fabulous left foot walk from the edge of the zone.
Donny van de Beek (LW) – 5/10 – Saw a deflected first half effort. Drifted inside instead of hitting the left sideline but had a relatively calm evening. Replaced before the 70 minute mark.
Marcus Rashford – 6/10
Anthony Martial – 7/10 – Completed the victory with a cool finish on death.
Luke shaw – 5/10