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Byline: CIARAN KELLY

DAVID DE GEA Could do little for the goal as his defenders left him rooted to the spot. One brilliant goalkick played Rashford in on goal. 6 7 ANTONIO VALENCIA Coped admirably with the pace and persistence of James McClean before injury. Huge blow.

PHIL JONES Built on return against Bournemouth with trademark interceptions. Perfectly timed following Eric Bailly's injury 7 CHRIS SMALLING Another assured display with a series of brilliant, last-ditch tackles. Becoming one of stories of season. 7 ASHLEY YOUNG Luke Shaw has thrown down the gauntlet but the veteran offers that unrivalled delivery. Had his hands full with Burke. 6 NEMANJA MATIC Everything went through him from restarts and he was constantly in the wars as he looked to break forward. 7 ANDER HERRERA Never far from Matic and snapped and harried Krychowiak. But lacked 5 Lots of wizardry and cute dribbles and flicks. Lovely lay-off for Jesse Lingard's goal. 6 JESSE LINGARD A semi-fortuitous goal. Constantly buzzed and looked to get involved as he linked play. 7 MARCUS RASHFORD Has diligently worked on his delivery and brilliant, clipped cross for Lukaku's opener. Coped with boo boys. Again. 7 ROMELU LUKAKU Sluggish start but came alive with goal. That's 31 goals in 39 games against clubs outside top six. 7 SUBSTITUTES MARCOS ROJO: (Valencia, 64) The head was taped up and the Argentinian did not even have time for a warm up. Caught for the goal. 5 ANTHONY MARTIAL: (Martial 79) Had little time to make the impact in nervy end to game. 6 SCOTT McTOMINAY: (Lingard, 86) Shored things up. 6 HAVE YOUR SAY Give your ratings on the Reds at manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Dec 18, 2017
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