Man Utd ratings: Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen shine as Antony stars but Harry Maguire struggles
ERIK TEN HAG’s United cemented their grip on a Champions League spot with their FOURTH win over Forest this season.
Antony broke his six-month Premier League goal drought before Diogo Dalot marked his century of United performances with his first Premier League goal.
The Red Devils have now won their last 10 games against Forest in all competitions by an aggregate score of 36-3.
United have scored at least three goals in each of their last six league games against Steve Cooper’s ailing Forest – so they fell by one this time.
But Ten Hag will be well pleased as his patched side moved up to third place over Newcastle.
Who was United’s best player? And did anyone forget a game?
Here’s SunSport’s Graeme Bryce providing his player ratings…
David de Gea – 7
Frightened Ten Hag early on when he picked up a leg injury that has made Jack Butland warm up.
A soldier to keep Forest at bay with a typically safe performance. Solid under significant pressure in the air and brilliant with its distribution.
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Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7
Produced an important early block to thwart Awoniyi and showed a good understanding of Ten Hag’s tactics as he pushed into midfield when United had possession.
A really successful achievement.
Victor Lindelof – 7
Managed his rare chance to accompany Harry Maguire well and was the safe pair of hands United needed in the absence of Lisando Martinez.
His defense well set up and good use of the ball. His calm eventually rubbed off on Maguire.
Harry Maguire – 6th
Booked after three minutes when Awoniyi rolled him and frantically wrestled him to the ground. This mistake made him walk a very long tightrope!
Rode his luck as the ball came off his arm on a corner only for VAR to let him off the hook.
Another tough day in the office for the England defender’s confidence, who improved as the game progressed.
Diogo Dalot – 8
Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia’s injuries opened the door for Dalot to step in at left-back – and boy did he enjoy it!
The Portuguese star deflected Brennan Johnson’s threat and, work done, raged forward to celebrate his 100th appearance at United with his first Premier League goal.
His perfectly timed run to the pass from Antony was finished like an expert.
Casemiro – 7
Bounced back with typically confident performance, stopping many Forest attacks before they even started.
Far from his best performance in a United shirt but it didn’t have to be as he did everything that was asked of him.
Christian Ericsen – 9th
How much Forest must have wished Marcel Sabitzer hadn’t injured himself while warming up!
This allowed Eriksen to start and pull the strings for United alongside Casemiro, freeing up Bruno Fernandez to continue playing up front.
The Dane dominated the action and let Fernandes have fun on the front foot.
Anthony – 8
Plunged to hit Renan Lodi at the back post and break the deadlock after Navas was only able to push away Martial’s shot.
That ended the Brazilian’s six-month wait to score in the Premier League, having scored in each of his first three Prem games.
Was a constant thorn in Forest’s side, setting up an assist with a brilliant pass to find Dalot’s run on United’s second place.
Bruno Fernandes – 9
Ran Forest was unhappy with his rapid runs from midfield and could have scored a hat-trick in both halves had it not been for Navas’ desperate defense and some sensational goalkeepers.
It was his first-class first time pass that cleared Martial for United’s opener.
Up on his game here terrorizing Forest the whole time.
Gave United good balance down the left and produced a lot of nice touches.
This time the chances were not good for him but he can be satisfied with his afternoon work.
Anthony Martial – 7
Run the line well and bring others into play. But the Frenchman will kick himself for going wide just before being replaced by Wout Weghorst when he should have taken the game over Forest.
Not one of his most memorable games, but he can expect a longer run in Marcus Rashford’s absence.
Weghorst – 6
Substituted for Martial after 71 minutes and made an impression as his decoy run dragged Forest’s defense around and created the gaping hole Dalot took advantage of to get his goal.
Happy to end up getting away with a booking for an ill-advised irritable shot at Niakhate.
Came in for the bossy Eriksen with just over 10 minutes on the clock and made sure the back door stayed locked.