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MATCH RATINGS: Manchester United 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Sam Johnstone (6)  Was not tested too often. He mainly had to deal with a few difficult crosses and made two great saves in particular. Will be happy to get another deserved clean sheet under his belt.

Marnick Vermijl (7) Was one of our better performers on a night when neither team seemed up for it. He was always marauding down the right flank and looking to either overlap Larnell Cole or take on the opposite full back. Was extremely close to topping off a great performance with what would have been a wonderful goal.

Michael Keane (7) It is difficult to evaluate how well our centre halves  played as they were not called upon too often. When called upon, Michael was as faultless. He was extremely composed on the ball and dealt well with one or two difficult crosses that were put into the box. Another strong performance from him.

Zeki Fryers (6) Was quiet in this one. Played this game with ease.  Defensively he was solid, although Wolves never really threatened to get behind our defence all game.  He brought the ball out from the back particularly well, although he did attempt a few  too many “hit and hope” passes.

Ritchie De Laet (6) Ritchie was his usual self in this game. He worked tirelessly, was always driving forward when he had the ball but at times his decision making was poor. As a full back Ritchie has to learn when to release the ball, always seeming to opt to try and use his speed to beat men until eventually he is tackled. All in all it was a solid game from him as he was still an attacking threat none the less.

Larnell Cole (8) (MOTM)* Great performance from Larnell. Was our only player on the day who appeared to have the craft and guile to make things happen in the final third. As usual his passing was very tidy and his decision making was top notch. He was always trying to make things happen, trying to play through balls quite often. I also saw something from Larnell that I had not seen from him for a while, him actually run at his man.  Rounded off a great team move with a tap in to get on the score sheet. A great performance from him on a day when his teammates under performed.

Tom Thorpe (5)  Tom was once again played out of position in this one, in the centre of midfield. This game tipified Tom’s short  stint as a midfielder, doing nothing wrong, but not really doing anything of note either. He seems lost as a central midfielder and although he didn’t necessarily have a bad game, Tom is only “getting by” as a midfielder.  But I do understand that he is only being played in this position to get minutes under his belt.

Matty James (6) Matty got another good hour of football here. He went around his business without being spectacular, opting to give simple passes throughout.  Since his return from injury, he has really impressed me with his hard working style,  his composure and his ability to retain possession.

Ryan Tunnicliffe (7) Playing in an unfamiliar left wing role, Ryan did a lot better than I expected. Obviously he wasn’t beating men for fun but he was very hard working, providing great protection for De Laet, and since the pace of the game was slow, he had the space and time to set off on those typical driving runs of his. He made a great run and released a great pull back to set up Petrucci for his goal. Definitely one of our better performers on the night.

Davide Petrucci (5) This was a poor performance from Davide, particularly in the first half. For a man with the passing accuracy he has got, his passing was atrocious. He was looking for the Hollywood pass far too often and more often than not it did not come off. None the less, he got on the score sheet and strangely enough, after turning in such a below par performance, he should have had a hat trick.

Will Keane (5) Will found this game very difficult. He was playing as the lone forward and a combination of poor passing and him often being crowded out meant that he was virtually non existent in this game. Even his marvellous close control deserted him for the ninety minutes. He did slip in behind the Wolves defence to set up Cole for his goal but sadly that is about as good as it got for Will.

Substitutions:

Tyler Blackett (6) 0n for Matty James.

Michele Fornasier (4) on for Tom Thorpe.

Gyliano Van Velzen (4) on for Larnell Cole.

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