Player ratings: defenders

Diogo Dalot – 7

Handled Harvey Barnes well and progressed the ball excellently as usual. Another strong performance, United have not signed a right back this window and Dalot is making sure that doesn’t matter.

Raphael Varane – 7.5

Just an absolute titan of a defender. Equal to absolutely everything that gets thrown at him, been a standout in every single game he has played this season. Started and completed three full games in a row now, his fitness looks like it has turned a corner. Huge boost for Erik ten Hag.

Lisandro Martinez – 7

Not quite as imperious as the last two games, but his fight and aggression is always a huge asset to his side. Passing good as usual although long balls did not find their target so much. He will enjoy having his old Ajax teammate, Antony, to switch play to.

Tyrell Malacia – 7

Developing a good partnership with Sancho on the left. Was composed as usual on the ball, and looked more willing to make runs beyond when his teammates had possession.

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