Manchester United player ratings in a 1-1 West Ham draw: Late Martial equaliser keeps hopes alive

Louis van Gaal’s side put on a good performance, but couldn’t make it count with a few chances gone begging after Anthony Martial’s equaliser keeping them in the game.

Manchester United player ratings in a 1-1 West Ham draw: Late Martial equaliser keeps hopes alive
Martial celebrating his equaliser | Getty Images

Striker Anthony Martial scored very late into the game with only 10 minutes of the game left, as Manchester United earned themselves a replay to play in the semi-final of the FA Cup

West Ham took the lead half way through the second half, Dimitri Payet scoring a fantastic free-kick from 30 yards out which David De Gea couldn’t do anything about. But his fellow countryman Anthony Martial equalised for the home side, with a difficult finish from an Ander Herrera cross.

Steady defending from the back line

David De Gea (7 out of 10) – The Spaniard wasn’t challenged very much beside the Payet free-kick that hit the post and went in. Made a few simple saves early on from the game, but wasn’t put to a big test as the away side had only three shots on target.

Guillermo Varela (7 out of 10) – The youngster has put on another strong performance defensively, was also a threat going forward. On a few occasions, Varela was caught out of position but was lucky that Cresswell and Payet didn’t punish him enough. The youngster also made a vital interception which prevented Payet from scoring again.

Chris Smalling (6 out of 10) – Put on a good shift at the heart of defence, had a big task against Carroll which he took care of. Was solid at the back but needs to speak out more in the game to control and lead the defence properly.

Daley Blind (6 out of 10) – Didn’t have too much to do defensively against Carroll and Emenike. Blind brought the ball out of defence and had a good game in general too. His corner duties were not done well today, could force some to question if the manager should passes the duties on to someone else soon.

Marcos Rojo (5 out of 10) – His main talking point was the penalty incident. The referee felt it wasn’t a spot kick and it could have been game over if it was given. Rojo wasn’t afraid to push up from his full-back position and should have tested the keeper on three occasions which he didn’t.

Midfield duo got very lucky

Marouane Fellaini (5 out of 10) – The Belgian international had a poor day at the office, giving cheap free-kicks away and couldn’t provide enough to his attacking players. Picking up a booking in the first half, Fellaini had to be very cautious for the remainder of the game. Easily overrun by the opponents too.

Michael Carrick (6 out of 10) – Completed some key passes, but other than his passes weren't quick enough and the opponents had enough time to track back. Carrick kept the ball well, used the possession properly but not effectively. Englishman seems to have become physically weak and not good enough to start week in and out for Manchester United.

Lack of chemistry in the front four

Ander Herrera (6 out of 10) – Played well in the attacking midfield role, linking the play up with the midfield and attack very well. Had two chances which he could have done better with, but most importantly he placed the vital cross in for Martial’s goal. Herrera would have been more effective if he was played in this role consistently.

Jesse Lingard (5 out of 10) – Didn’t seem to provide much on both sides of the pitch, hardly tracked back which made Varela’s marking and defending duties a bit harder. Failed to position himself properly whilst on the attack, one of his poorest performances in a United kit.

Anthony Martial (8 out of 10) – As well as getting the vital goal to earn United a replay, he was a big threat on the left side and gave Reid a nightmare. Tracked back very well, was always a bright spark as soon as he received the ball. Could do a bit better when it comes to deciding when to pass and when not to.

Martial celebrates his late goal | Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Sport
Martial celebrates his late goal | Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Sport

Marcus Rashford (6 out of 10) – Was sharp once he had the ball and caused few problems in the opponent’s box. Press the defenders very well, giving them the limited of seconds on the ball. Didn’t play a massive part, but completed his job and found it difficult against a defensive side.


Bastian Schweinsteiger (6 out of 10) – Played in a more advanced role once he replaced Fellaini, injected quick build-up play and control to our attack. During the Martial equaliser, his block on the goalkeeper was a vital moment and it seemed like Randolph would have saved it If he wasn’t blocked. Schweinsteiger contributed more than Fellaini, despite coming on as a substitute.

Memphis Depay (5 out of 10) – Injected pace and looked lively as he came on for Rashford. Couldn’t create anything, The West Ham defenders closed him down very quickly once he had the ball. Memphis has gained a lot of confidence in the past few weeks.

Matteo Darmian (N/A) – Replaced Guillermo Varela for the final few minutes.