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“The most in-form forward in England” – Player ratings as Manchester United beat Everton 3-1 at Old Trafford

By James Amey

Published: 22:24, 6 January 2023

Manchester United advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup after a hard fought 3-1 over Everton at Old Trafford. 

The Red Devils got off to the perfect start with Antony tapping home Marcus Rashford’s cross with just three minutes on the clock, but a calamitous error from David De Gea saw Everton go into the break on level terms, with Conor Coady scoring his second goal for the club. The former Wolves man would then turn from hero to villain early in the second period, putting the ball past the stricken Jordan Pickford after Marcus Rashford had sent Seamus Coleman for several hot dogs on the left-hand side. Rashford then converted a late penalty, to ensure Manchester United will be the hat for the next round.

Here’s how the players rated in at Old Trafford:

Manchester United

David De Gea – 4 – Conceded at Old Trafford for the first time since September in comical fashion. Stood on his post as the ball ricocheted between his legs before Conor Coady poked home. What was he doing?

“It’s like the keeper’s been sent off and an outfield player has gone in goal” Roy Keane remarked at HT in the ITV studio, unimpressed with the Spaniard, before adding “It’s like he’s had a few drinks”.

Did make a good save with his feet in the second half to deny Seamus Coleman however.

Diogo Dalot – 6  – Defensively solid, winning 100% of his ground duels and winning the joint most tackles on the pitch (4), but could have offered more going forward.

Raphael Varane – 7 – Showed some silky skills around the opposition penalty box and excelled in his own. Won 100% of his duels, completed 98% of his passes and was superb as usual.

Luke Shaw – 6 – Has slotted in nicely to his new centre-back role in recent weeks, but was lucky Calvert-Lewin’s goal was ruled out for offside.

Tyrell Malacia – 6 – Caught out of position on occasion, but all round a good game from the young full-back, getting up and down the left wing. Uses his pace well to get out of tricky situations.

Casemiro – 6 – Won ball back in build up to first goal and shielded the defence well in the first half, before being given a rest midway through the second. The master of making fouls whilst avoiding a booking.

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Christian Eriksen – 6 – Kept his side ticking over in the middle of the park. Always looking for the ball and rarely makes the wrong pass, ending with a 96% pass accuracy.

Antony – 6 – Scored the opening goal with some great movement to slide in at the far post, but didn’t really offer too much after that.

Bruno Fernandes – 6 – Not one of his best games, but not the worst.

Marcus Rashford – 9 – Assisted the opening goal after drifting past Ben Godfrey before laying it on a plate for Antony, bamboozled Seamus Coleman, forcing the own goal for his side’s second and made no mistake from the penalty spot to secure a place in the fourth round.

He’s full of confidence and it shows, gliding past players with ease, drawing fouls, scoring and assisting. The forward has now scored in each of his last seven games at Old Trafford and has been directly involved in his seven goals in five appearances since returning from the World Cup.

The most in-form forward in England right now.

Anthony Martial – 6 – Battled hard in middle of pitch before releasing Rashford in build up to opening goal, but fizzled out as the game went on.


Alejandro Ganacho (for Martial 71′) – 6 – Won the penalty with a great run.

Fred (for Casemiro 71′) – 5 – Shouted at Seamus Coleman quite a lot and made a few slide tackles.

Lisandro Martinez (for Malacia 76′) – N/A – Came 0n late.

Harry Maguire (for Christian Eriksen 84′) – N/A – Came on late.

Scott McTominay (for Antony 84′) – N/A – Came on late


Jordan Pickford – 6 – Made a superb save to deny Anthony Martial just after Everton equalised, couldn’t do much for any of the three goals he conceded.

Seamus Coleman – 4 – Some say he is still looking for Marcus Rashford after the forward turned him inside out on multiple occasions in the build up to Manchester United’s second goal.

Ben Godfrey – 4 – Let Marcus Rashford have way too much space for the opening goal before clashing with the forward later on in the half. Booked for a poor challenge on the same player in the second and then gave away a penalty late on. An evening to forget for the defender.

Conor Coady – 6 – Poked home after David De Gea’s error in the first half for his second Everton goal and then put the ball past his own goalkeeper to give Manchester United the lead.

James Tarkowski- 6 – Put his body on the line as usual.

Vitaliy Mykolenko- 5 – Let Antony go free for him to slide in the opener, didn’t win any of his duels or make a single tackle or interception.

Alex Iwobi – 6 – Stretchered off just after half-time with a nasty looking ankle injury. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

Idrissa Gana Gueye – 5 – Chasing shadows for a lot of the game. Got sent for a hotdog by Raphael Varane.

Amadou Onana – 6 – Put himself about, sometimes overdoing it and getting through a lot of defensive work. Won seven of his eight duels and made the joint most tackles on the pitch (4).

Demarai Gray – 7 – Looked a threat every time he got the ball in the first half, constantly running at the United defence, but his final pass could have been at times. Smashed the post with an effort from outside the box and thought he had assisted the equaliser with a sublime flick and then cross for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but it was ruled out for offside.

Neal Maupay – 5 – Played ball across for Everton’s equaliser after David De Gea’s mistake, but offered little threat.


Abdoulaye Doucoure (for Iwobi 51′) – 5 – Came on for the stricken Iwobi, booked less than 15 minutes later.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (for Maupay 69′) – 6 – Thought he had equalised just minutes after coming onto the pitch, only for it to be ruled out for offside.

Dwight McNeil (for Mykolenko 81′) – N/A- Came on late.

Anthony Gordon (for Coleman 81′) – N/A – Came on late.