Bruno to the rescue! Man Utd winners, losers & ratings as Fernandes saves sloppy team-mates in Carabao Cup

Bruno Fernandes:

Sure, not everything he tries comes off and yes it can be incredibly frustrating when he opts to go to ground too easily, but Fernandes’ influence on this United XI is massive.

Being able to give him the ball in tight areas against teams who are sat in a low block is key. Be it a flick around the corner, a pop shot or a lofted pass into space, he’s got it all in his locker.

His emotional energy, when channeled to galvanise team-mates, is infectious in the best of ways. It’s been at the heart of United’s good moments this campaign.

You’d like to see it more consistently from Fernandes, who was by no means perfect tonight, but his presence was absolutely felt.

Diogo Dalot:

The Dalot resurgence was an admittedly unexpected but very welcome plot twist at Old Trafford.

When Jose Mourinho picks you out as a teenager to come and play at United, you obviously have something special about you. But it had began to feel like the ship had sailed. How wrong we all were.

Dalot was crucial once again, and his presence on the right-hand side has very quickly become central to helping Erik ten Hag’s side slice open teams. Villa’s second goal wasn’t at all his fault, but instead that of his colleagues. He was put in an impossible position.

A January right-back addition would probably be ideal, though, because United will struggle if he gets injured.

Marcus Rashford:

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the goal, shall we? Because it was that good.

On the day Rashford’s place at the World Cup was confirmed, he put United back on level terms at Old Trafford with a composed effort that he wouldn’t have scored three years ago. Hurdling several challenges inside a frantic penalty area, Rashford adjusted his feet, turned on the ball and smashed hard and low to beat the goalkeeper. A proper striker’s finish.

A confident Rashford is a scary one for the opposition. And boy does he look confident once again. Now please stop being offside.

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