Here are my player ratings thus far in the 2015/16 seasons for United. Think I made a mistake? Comment below with what you think should be changed.
*Note: If a player is not on this list it has been determined that he has not played enough yet due to call ups or being injured*
Before 2016: 5: Although Wayne Rooney did not produce much, and many may disagree with this rating, he was still a vital part of the squad and attracted a lot of attention on the pitch.
After the New Year: 9: Wayne Rooney has been brilliant since the New Year. 7 goals in 7 with 2 assists, it is hard to see any issue with the way Wazza has been playing.
Antony Martial: 8
Martial has been a revelation in the side this year I have to give him a rating of 8. He has been consistently one of our best players this year going forward, and works hard defensively, for this reason I give him an 8
Juan Mata: 6
Juan Mata has had a particularly poor season by his standards, and has only recently started to improve his form. With not much to show he earns a 6.
Memphis Depay: 5
The supposed attacking genius is having a similar struggle adapting to the premiership as Angel Di Maria had. He has shown glimpses of his quality and potential, but in the end he has been relatively poor all season long with a total of 5 goals.
Andreas Pereira: 7
Pereira when given the chance to play has been brilliant all year long. His lone goal, a brilliant free kick, gives us a glimpse of the potential he has.
Adnan Januzaj: 7
When given the chance, like Pereira, Januzaj has been shining. But also like Pereira, Januzaj typically is overlooked by van Gaal even recently since being recalled from loan.
Jesse Lingard: 7
Since becoming a first team regular, Jesse has faded in and out much like you would expect from somebody his age, but adds to the talented squad of youngsters for the future quite well.
Ashley Young: 6
Although not his fault it is quite obvious Young is not a fullback by trade, and is responsible for goals when he plays, such as Vardy’s record breaker earlier this year.
Antonio Valencia: 6
Before his injury he was played inconsistently and as a full back, not his natural position. His form dipped in and out while playing in place of Darmian.
Ander Herrera: 8
When Herrera has been played he has been brilliant. There is a reason that the Stretford End will sing his name time and time again. He has a chance to become one of United’s favorite players in recent memory and, as long as he is allowed to stay, will surely be so.
Bastian Schweinsteiger: 6
Bastian has been a good quality signing, for the price paid. Although he has been a good signing, he has not lived up to his world class past, and looks a little past his prime. Here’s to a few more years from the Deutscher Fußball Meister
Michael Carrick: 7
When Carrick plays, he shows his age but makes up for his lack of pace with his vision. He is never scared to play risky defense splitting balls, and is the rock of the team when played with a mobile partner in the midfield.
Morgan Schneiderlin: 7
Morgan has played very well, living up to the high expectations that were set for him before he completed his switch. Showing his physicality and ball playing ability, he works extremely well with anybody he is partnered with and continues to play well.
Marouane Fellaini: 3
This may be a little harsh but this is my opinion. Fellaini is not technically sound, his only use for the team is for winning aerial duels, which he only wins around 45% of those. For a man who is known as an aerial threat to only win 45% is terrible and if Fellaini wants to stay a United player he is going to have to change that.
Luke Shaw: 9
Before his freak injury it was indisputable that Shaw was one of if not our best player. His bombing runs forward paired with his impeccable defensive ability makes him the best left back in the premiership. Here’s to Luke coming back soon.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson: 8
Filling in for both Shaw and Rojo, CBJ has played spectacularly. Even to the point that I personally have called for his switch to a holding midfielder so when Shaw gets back he still is in the team. His balls into the box from the left have been wonderful and he has paid dividends for the faith we have all instilled into him.
Matteo Darmian: 6
At the beginning of the year it looked as if Darmian was the best right back since the Nevilles. Since then his form has dropped off, paired with injuries and being tossed to the left side of the back four. Hopefully he can turn it around.
Guillermo Varela: 7
Oh how reminiscent. Varela looks much like Rafael Da Silva did his first few seasons. Varela is the exact type of fullback we need at United, and in my eyes needs to be first choice. Pair Varela and Shaw and you have to speedy full backs capable going forward and steady coming back.
Marcos Rojo: 5
A mediocre start ruined by injury, there isn’t a large sample to base Marcos’ play off of. The few games he has played in he has been relatively poor, especially for his standard.
Daley Blind: 6
Daley Blind is not a center-half. In the Premiership you need to have a physical prowess about you in order to play there. Blind is a wonderful holding mid, and a good left back as well, but it is unfair to him and to us United supporters.
Phil Jones: 6
Due to injury and being brought in and out of the squad, Phil Jones has not been able to patch together a run of playtime where he may establish his form. It’s not hard to see why he still is behind Blind in the pecking order.
Chris Smalling: 9
What a revelation we have seen from Smalling. He is fulfilling the world class potential Sir Alex saw in him. He has stepped out of the shadow of Rio and Nemanja and is now one of if not the best center backs in the premiership and maybe the world.
Paddy McNair: 5
Being played out of position and inconsistently McNair hasn’t had a chance to establish himself in the squad.
Sergio Romero: 6
A reliable back-up option didn’t look the most comfortable in net at the beginning of the season. De Gea has since taken over and Romero has been the first name on the substitutes sheet.
David De Gea: 9
The best goalkeeper in the league. The second if not best in the world. David has shown why he is widely considered for those two titles. Once he started playing he has been brilliant. It will be a shock if he doesn’t win our player of the year.