Player ratings from Manchester United’s surprise win over Liverpool


Manchester United vs Liverpool saw the Red Devils defy their horrid start to the new Premier League season in a surprising and potentially galvanizing 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Monday.

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Erik ten Hag’s side scored its first goal of the season, picked up its first point and alleviated more than a bit of pressure on the new manager.

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Let’s dig into Manchester United vs Liverpool player ratings.

Manchester United player ratings vs Liverpool

David de Gea: 7 — By virtue of Erik ten Hag green-lighting the long ball on goal kicks, De Gea was infinitely better than his disaster performance against Brentford. Credit to De Gea, who has always responded to his critics defiantly

Diogo Dalot: 7 — The Portuguese right back continues to defy previously-held public opinion by simply remaining at Man United, let alone starting and shutting down Luis Diaz in the club’s biggest game of the season.

Raphael Varane: 7.5 — It’ll be hard for Ten Hag to go back to Harry Maguire alongside Lisandro Martinez after seeing the French-Argentine connection nearly keep a clean sheet and limit Liverpool the way they did.

Lisandro Martinez: 7 — He knew absolutely nothing about it, but the Argentine’s goal-line block and clearance of Bruno Fernandes’ nearly humiliating own goal should buy him a bit of time and good grace as he acclimates to Man United and the Premier League.

Tyrell Malacia: 7 — Mohamed Salah was corralled and kept quiet for 90 minutes, which is no easy task, let alone for a player new to the Premier League and known more for his attacking verve.

Christian Eriksen: 6.5 — Eriksen’s deployment alongside Scott McTominay was an interesting, but perhaps necessary, choice by Ten Hag, with Fred and the Scot struggling badly to fulfill the new manager’s wishes on the ball. Once Casemiro is in the team, Eriksen could thrive in the deeper role, but he’ll need plenty of protecting defensively.

Scott McTominay: 6 — At this point, McTominay is only in the starting lineup because he is at the club and someone has to play the position.

Jadon Sancho: 8 — There were flashes of “the Dortmund Sancho” in the first half, including his goal, and it’s clear he’ll terrorize PL defenders whenever he gets them one-on-one. The confidence of scoring against Liverpool, at Old Trafford, should do wonders for the 22-year-old.

Bruno Fernandes: 6 — There’s no one in the Man United team that needs a natural striker to lead the line (more on that in a moment) than Fernandes. He’s borderline unplayable when he’s combing through the middle and in the channels.

Anthony Elanga: 5 — Given the hook at halftime, perhaps due to injury or wanting to push Marcus Rashford out wide, it’s unclear what Elanga offers this United side right now.

Marcus Rashford: 8 — He didn’t offer a ton other than runs in behind the defense (which were rarely, if ever, found) in the first half when playing center forward, but the extra space out on the left (and the ability to link up with Anthony Martial and Malacia) saw him come alive after the break. He should still be central to Manchester United’s rebuild.

(Halftime sub) Anthony Martial: 7.5 — United are so starved for an actual center forward that Martial, who spent the second half of last season out on loan and, again, just happens to currently be at the club, looked like a revolutionary when dropped into the middle of the field. His through ball for Rashford’s goal was simple enough, but the kind of play that, say, Ronaldo likely wouldn’t make in the same situation.

Liverpool player ratings vs Manchester United

Alisson: 5.5 — Rashford’s goal was taken expertly, but it’s also the kind of save that Alisson typically erases to rescue Liverpool in a dire moment.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6 — When the full backs aren’t bombing forward and tucking into midfield to create massive overloads, it’s tough sledding for the rest of the Liverpool attack.

Joe Gomez: 5.5 — If Virgil van Dijk isn’t able to make every play imaginable in the world, Gomez (and anyone who plays alongside him, will struggle.

Virgil van Dijk: 5.5 — For the entirety of Liverpool’s recent run as PL title contenders, Champions League contenders (and winners) and all the rest, Van Dijk showed once or twice every single why he was the best defender in the world. He allowed Liverpool the freedom reckless abandon to press and counter-attack the way they have done. The big Dutchman doesn’t appear to be that player anymore, and it’s crippling the Reds right now.

Andrew Robertson: 6 — When the full backs aren’t bombing forward and tucking into midfield to create massive overloads, it’s tough sledding for the rest of the Liverpool attack.

Jordan Henderson: 6 — Without Fabinho in the midfield, it’s very clear that Henderson should be targeted by opposition attacks through the middle of the field. Man United found lots of joy there on Monday.

James Milner: 5.5 — Everyone knows he’s only in the starting lineup due to the rash of injuries up and down Liverpool’s squad, but explaining his ineffectiveness in what felt like a potentially must-win game doesn’t make it go away.

Harvey Elliott: 5.5 — Similar story to that of Milner. Elliott is one for the future with the ability to help in the here and now, but Monday’s game was much too fast and and physical for him to thrive.

Mohamed Salah: 7 — The Egyptian winger was uncharacteristically silent on Monday, as Malacia and Martinez, with a bit more help from McTominay, offered zero time and space. He wriggled free for a late consolation goal, but it was clear that denying Salah the opportunity to take the game over was defensive objective no. 1.

Roberto Firmino: 6 — If Salah is going to be effectively marked out of the game, Firmino has to have a significant influence on the attack and, much like Van Dijk, he’s not that player anymore. Of course, he doesn’t start if Darwin Nuñez isn’t suspended.

Luis Diaz: 5.5 — Diaz was, perhaps, the worst of the three attackers, all of whom were well below par. The combination of a deep defensive line, a harried press in midfield and Liverpool having no midfield play-maker with Thiago Alcantara out injured, made for some miserable attacking play.

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Premier League injury news, 2022-23 season


Premier League injury news: It’s time to take a look at which players might be unavailable for matchweek 8 of the 2022-23 Premier League season, due to injury.

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Prior to every matchweek this season, we’ll update this Premier League injuries page with the latest news and update, so make sure to check back regularly to see how your favorite — or least-favorite — club is getting on.

Let’s check out the latest Premier League injury news, below.

Arsenal injuries

OUT: Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf), Emile Smith Rowe (groin), Mohamed Elneny (thigh), Reiss Nelson (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Thomas Partey (knee), Kieran Tierney (head), Cedric Soares (knock)

Aston Villa injuries

OUT: Diego Carlos (achilles), Matty Cash (hamstring), Lucas Digne (ankle), Boubacar Kamara (knee)

Bournemouth injuries

OUT: David Brooks (fitness), Lloyd Kelly (knee), Joseph Rothwell (thigh), Benjamin Pearson (undisclosed), Ryan Fredericks (undisclosed)

Brentford injuries

OUT: Christian Norgaard (achilles) | QUESTIONABLE: Keane Lewis-Potter (knock), Ethan Pinnock (knee)

Brighton & Hove Albion injuries

OUT: Jakub Moder (knee), Adam Lallana (calf) | QUESTIONABLE: Enock Mwepu (illness)

Chelsea injuries

QUESTIONABLE: N’Golo Kante (hamstring), Edouard Mendy (knee)

Crystal Palace injuries

OUT: James Tomkins (undisclosed), Jack Butland (hand), Nathan Ferguson (foot) | QUESTIONABLE: James McArthur (groin)

Everton injuries

OUT: Jordan Pickford (thigh), Ben Godfrey (broken leg), Yerry Mina (ankle), Nathan Patterson (ankle), Mason Holgate (knee), Andros Townsend (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee), Jordan Pickford (thigh)

Fulham injuries

OUT: Harry Wilson (knee), Joao Pahlinha (suspension), Manor Solomon (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Antonee Robinson (ankle)

Leeds United injuries

OUT: Rodrigo (shoulder), Stuart Dallas (thigh)

Leicester City injuries

OUT: Ricardo Pereira (achilles), Ryan Bertrand (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Wilfried Ndidi (knock), Patson Daka (illness)

Liverpool injuries

OUT: Naby Keita (undisclosed), Curtis Jones (calf), Calvin Ramsay (undisclosed), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) | QUESTIONABLE: Ibrahima Konate (knee), Andrew Robertson (knee), Caoimhin Kelleher (groin)

Manchester City injuries

OUT: Kalvin Phillips (shoulder), John Stones (hamstring), Benjamin Mendy (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Aymeric Laporte (knee)

Manchester United injuries

OUT: Harry Maguire (hamstring), Anthony Martial (achilles), Brandon Williams (undisclosed), Mason Greenwood (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Marcus Rashford (thigh), Donny van de Beek (knock), Martin Dubravka (knock)

Newcastle United injuries

OUT: Aleksander Isak (leg), Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Emil Krafth (knee), Karl Darlow (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Bruno Guimaraes (thigh), Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring), Callum Wilson (thigh), Chris Wood (ribs), Elliott Anderson (knock)

Nottingham Forest injuries

OUT: Omar Richards (calf), Moussa Niakhate (thigh), Orel Mangala (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Emmanuel Dennis (knock), Morgan Gibbs-White (knock), Scott McKenna (knee), Joe Worrall (broken nose)

Southampton injuries

OUT: Valentino Livramento (knee), Romeo Lavia (undisclosed)

Tottenham Hotspur injuries

OUT: Lucas Moura (achilles) | QUESTIONABLE: Hugo Lloris (quad), Ben Davies (knee)

West Ham United injuries

OUT: Nayef Aguerd (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Benjamin Johnson (hamstring)

Wolverhampton Wanderers injuries

OUT: Raul Jimenez (groin), Sasa Kalajdzic (torn ACL), Nathan Collins (suspension), Chiquinho (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Diego Costa (undisclosed)

Fulham vs Newcastle: How to watch, live stream link, team news


Fulham and Newcastle United look set to entertain when Aleksandar Mitrovic entertains his old mates for a Saturday morning tilt at Craven Cottage on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET online via Peacock Premium).


The Magpies are injury-hit but Eddie Howe has enjoyed pushing for offense and has largely found chances regardless of who’s been on the field, while Marco Silva’s Cottagers are healthy and have been on the front foot as often as possible during their Premier League return.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Fulham vs Newcastle.

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How to watch Fulham vs Newcastle live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
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Key storylines & star players

Somewhere in the multiverse, Mitrovic’s tied for the Golden Boot lead because Erling Haaland is an actual superhero. The Fulham man has six goals to tie Harry Kane five behind Man City’s prolific Norwegian hitman. Kenny Tete’s assisted three of those goals, and Tete’s also top six in tackles. Teammate Joao Palhinha is first.

Newcastle, meanwhile, is dealing with a ridiculous amount of injuries to key players, as Bruno Guimares, Chris Wood, and Alexander Isak were both hurt on international break to join Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin as walking wounded attackers.

Fulham team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Antonee Robinson (ankle) OUT: Palhinha (suspended), Manor Solomn (knee), Harry Wilson (knee)

Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Chris Wood (chest), Callum Wilson (thigh), Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh), Bruno Guimares (thigh), Elliott Anderson (undisclosed). OUT: Alexander Isak (other), Emil Krafth (ACL),

Liverpool vs Brighton: How to watch, live stream link, team news


Liverpool plays its first Premier League match in 25 days when high-flying Brighton and Hove Albion debut a new manager as visitors at Anfield on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET online via Peacock Premium).

Roberto De Zerbi takes the wheel for the Seagulls following Graham Potter’s move to Chelsea, and Brighton will be staging its first match since a 5-2 demolition of Leicester City on Sept. 4.


That was one day after Liverpool drew Everton 0-0 at Goodison Park in a Merseyside derby that came on the heels of back-to-back wins for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Liverpool’s currently four points back of fourth-place Brighton; Both clubs have played six matches, one fewer than 14 other Premier League sides.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Liverpool vs Brighton.

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How to watch Liverpool vs Brighton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Key storylines & star players

Is Liverpool ready to turn chances into goals at a more familiar rate? The Reds’ expected goal total for this season is close to leaders Manchester City and Arsenal but its actual goal production is fifth and somewhat-inflated by their nine-goal beatdown of Bournemouth previously this season.

Brighton, meanwhile, has to show that it’s getting a handle on life after Graham Potter, as De Zerbi’s credentials say things might not look too different. The former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk boss craves possession in his teams and delivers chances as a boss in the manner you’d expect from a former attacking midfielder.

Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Caoimhin Kelleher (groin), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Andrew Robertson (knee). OUT: Calvin Ramsay (lower back), Curtis Jones (tibia), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Naby Keita (thigh), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (thigh).

Brighton team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Enock Mwepu (illness). OUT: Jakub Moder (knee), Adam Lallana (lower leg)

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: How to watch, live stream link, team news


Chelsea looks to keep up its top-four pace when it visits Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET on USA Network and online via

The match is Graham Potter’s first in the Premier League since leaving Brighton for new digs in London. The Blues drew Salzburg in 1-1 in Potter’s first match with Chelsea, and many eyes will be trained on his Starting XI.


Palace is winless in its last three Premier League matches including back-to-back draws versus Brentford and Newcastle. Patrick Vieira would love to make that a three-match unbeaten run with a good result Saturday.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace vs Chelsea.

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How to watch Crystal Palace vs Chelsea live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via

Key storylines & star players

What will Graham Potter’s first Premier League XI look like come Saturday? Kepa Arrizabalaga could be in goal if Edouard Mendy is not ready, but will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remain a starter? Are Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic locks for the midfield? Lots to monitor as Christian Pulisic, Conor Gallagher, Ben Chilwell, and Hakim Ziyech will hope to have made a major impression.

Palace has played well against the “Big Six” this year, leading Man City 2-0 before an Erling Haaland hat trick, drawing Liverpool, and losing on Opening Day vs Arsenal while holding 57% of the ball and matching the Gunners in shots and shots on target. A win over the Blues sure would do the trick.

Crystal Palace team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: James McArthur (groin). OUT: James Tomkins (calf), Nathan Ferguson (ankle), Jack Butland (hand)

Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Edouard Mendy (knee), N’Golo Kante (thigh).