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If you’re a Manchester United supporter looking for a reason to smile, think of the future.

The Red Devils’ top twenty goals of the Premier League season so far serve as a brilliant reminder of the brightness of the young talent at Old Trafford.

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There’s Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, of course, but you can move even further down the age list to find teenagers Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams belting some beauties.

That’s not all: Scott McTominay’s got three absolute stunners and that’s barely a part of his job.

Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, and Paul Pogba are there making plays as well, and United will be dreaming of a clean slate, some changes in defense, and a chance to get back into the discussion as possible Premier League contenders.

When will United be back on the pitch? British prime minister Boris Johnson says the lockdown will continue in England for a bit longer as the UK hopes to avoid raising the coronavirus curve.

The next Premier League club meeting will be on Monday, May 11 to move ‘project restart’ to the next phase, and possibly vote on resuming the season.

All 20 Premier League clubs have so far agreed that they want to finish the current season but only when things improve and it is safe to play again.

Ranking every Manchester United player

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Manchester United is within shouting distance of the top four despite injuries to two of its most important attackers and a tough season from a longtime star.

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Below we give each United player a grade, ranking and group them together based on their season(s) so far.

If a Red Devil is listed in this ranking it is because they’ve played in more than five games in all competitions.


A-GRADE

Marcus Rashford: My goodness, has he delivered on his promise?! Six times a MOTM, the 22-year-old has 14 goals and four assists and he’s yet to get the chance to feast off Bruno Fernandes playmaking.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Has become a consistent force over two full seasons since a sterling 2017-18 cameo for Crystal Palace. The fullback has averaged 3.8 tackles per game and 2.2 interceptions for his career.

Bruno Fernandes: He’s just met the minimum five matches and it’s a terribly small sample size, but the Portuguese has delivered all the goods. Crosses, long balls, and short-smart combination play. Beautiful.

Scott McTominay: What would United’s season look like had this rusty nail of a midfielder not missed a 3W-1D-3L stretch which included 2-0 losses to Arsenal, Liverpool, and Burnley? The club also drew Sheffield United and Aston Villa, allowing five total goals in a week without McTominay in late Fall.

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Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes  (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

B-GRADE

Harry Maguire: Just on the verge of an A, although VAR certainly doubly helped him in the win over Chelsea. The absurd price tag shouldn’t play into his grade, but maybe we’re docking him a bit.

Paul Pogba: The doubts over whether his injury absence is longer than the ailments demanded are a symptom of the sick when it comes to the coverage of Pogba, but the World Cup winner was quite decent over seven matches.

Anthony Martial: Despite Pogba and Rashford missing significant time with injuries and Bruno Fernandes not purchased until January, the 11-goal striker hasn’t gone more than four matches without a goal. He’ll make it work.

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Nemanja Matic


C-GRADE

David De Gea: Is it difficult to believe that it has been almost two full seasons since the Spaniard completed a season that saw him perform as perhaps the best goalkeeper in the world? De Gea has been quite average this season.

Daniel James: Not bad for a first Premier League season, but the 22-year-old hit a lull around the festive fixtures and didn’t pull out of it until the past couple of matches. Fun fact: All three of his goals came in the first four PL matches, while his six assists came in an 11-match window between Oct. 20 and Dec. 29.

Victor Lindelof: A third season as unspectacular and pretty average for the 25-year-old, who signed a new deal in the fall.

Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams: Don’t mistake the fact that the teenagers are extremely gifted and seemingly no-doubters with performances indicative of their ages (18 and 19). C is fine. The sky is the limit, and Williams has tempted the B range over his most recent appearances.

Luke Shaw
Juan Mata
Ashley Young

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Manchester United’s Juan Mata (left) celebrates scoring his sides third goal with Mason Greenwood during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

D-GRADE

Andrea Pereira: We don’t get it. We just don’t. He’s tied with James for the most big chances created on United, but is one-dimensional. Yes players who take the most risks make the most glaring errors, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is giving the 24-year-old all kinds of patience. Will it pay off?

Jesse Lingard: It’s been nearly two years since he completed an 8-goal, 5-assist PL season that teased the future. The ensuing pair of campaigns haven’t gone well.


INCOMPLETE

Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Odion Ighalo, Marcos Rojo, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, Axel Tuannzebe, James Garner

McTominay, Lindelof return to Man United training

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Off the heels of a statement win at Stamford Bridge, Manchester United has more good news coming its way as both Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof returned to Red Devils training on Wednesday.

Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League Round of 32 matchup against Club Brugge in Belgium, McTominay’s return represents a massive boost for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has been forced to piece together a makeshift midfield for the last two months. McTominay has been missing since suffering a knee injury on Boxing Day.

The 23-year-old has been one of the Premier League’s most improved players this season, anchoring the Red Devils midfield both with and without the aid of Paul Pogba. In the seven Premier League matches without McTominay, Manchester United has lost three games and been shut out four times, although a number of other injuries to key players have likely contributed to that as well.

Lindelof missed the Chelsea win through illness but is set to make his return as well. The 25-year-old Swede is considered Manchester United’s best defender and was absent for the disappointing 2-0 loss to Burnley in late January through illness as well, but is reportedly fully recovered by now.

United has struggled with injuries all season, with the likes of Pogba, Marcus Rashford, and Mason Greenwood all sidelined at the moment. No reason was given for the latter’s absence, with Greenwood an unused substitute at Stamford Bridge over the weekend.

Solskjaer: ‘Warrior’ Maguire could play this weekend despite injury

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lifted the collective spirit of Manchester United supporters without signing a new player.

The Red Devils manager announced that fears of a long-term absence for Harry Maguire are overblown, saying the player has a minor injury.

The 26-year-old may even play at Norwich City on Saturday.

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“He’s got a chance for tomorrow, it was a minor thing, I don’t know where the reports are coming from,” Solskjaer said, via The Manchester Evening News. “(The media) might’ve mistaken it for Harry Kane. He’s got a chance. He will go through training today and see how he reacts for tomorrow.”

Solskjaer says that Maguire fought through pain to play in the FA Cup last weekend.

“It’s not a surprise.. He’s a warrior and he wants to play. And if there’s a minor problem he’ll put himself up to play and that’s what he did against Wolverhampton.”

The manager also updated the status of Scott McTominay, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, and Eric Bailly. McTominay is out until February, while the other two are playing with the reserves Friday.

Solskjaer: McTominay suffered knee ligament injury v. Newcastle

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There was some bad news from Old Trafford on Thursday, where Manchester United clobbered Newcastle United 4-1.

The Red Devils went down early but came back for a big win, but lost one of their key midfielders to injury.

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Reports say Scott McTominay left the stadium on crutches after suffering a first half injury and playing on it into the break.

McTominay was tended to by trainers after the injury but stayed in the game. The docs certainly will be answering questions about his being allowed to continue until half if the injury is severe.

The Scottish midfielder has been all sorts of good for a Manchester United midfield finding its way without Paul Pogba. For him to depart for any period of time just as Pogba returns must give a queasy feeling to the United faithful.

McTominay, 23, has three goals and an assist on the season to go with 2.2 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per league match.