Manchester United player ratings 2021/22: Halfway report as Pogba impresses but Sancho struggles

We’ve looked through the average scores from the opening 19 league games of the campaign.

Manchester United’s disheartening 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers last week marked the halfway stage of their 2021/22 Premier League season.

The impact of Covid-19 forcing fixtures to be postponed has had a major impact on the English top flight, with sides differing on how many matches they’ve all played so far.

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Burnley, for instance, have played just 17 times, while Manchester City and Chelsea are the only teams who so far haven’t had a game cancelled and they’ve both fulfilled 21 fixtures.

For United, their total is at 19, marking the exact halfway stage of what’s been a disappointing campaign to date. The Red Devils are currently seventh in the table on 31 points, four off the Champions League spots.

Manchester United beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Monday thanks to Scott McTominay’s eight-minute header. Credit: Getty.

But who have been United’s best and worst players so far? Well, using Whoscored.com’s intricate player ratings system, we’ve taken a look at how every player has performed this season.

The website allocates a rating to a player for every match and then keeps track of their average score throughout the season.

Who’s scored highest for United this season?

Incredibly, it’s actually Phil Jones who tops the list of player ratings for United in the league this season, with a score of 7.23.

The centre-back has only played one game so far - that loss to Wolves - so it’s worth taking that rating with a pinch of salt.

After that it’s Paul Pogba who tops the chart with 7.14, a score which was significantly bolstered by a strong individual start to the campaign, although he hasn’t played in the league since the end of October.

Surprisingly, Alex Telles is third with 7.01, although he’s only made six appearances. Bruno Fernandes’s score of 6.99 is the highest of any player who has featured in 10+ matches.

David De Gea is widely regarded as being United’s best player this campaign, but is 11th on Whoscored’s list, with an average of 6.76.

Phil Jones tops United’s list in 2021/22. Credit: Getty.

Who’s scored lowest for United this season?

That unwanted status goes to youngster Anthony Elanaga (6.22), although the winger has played just 20 minutes so far this season.

Eric Baily’s score of 6.28 is the lowest for any United man who has started a game in 2021/22, with Donny van de Beek on 6.31 and then Anthony Martial averaging 6.33.

Jadon Sancho’s underwhelming start of life at Old Trafford is reflected with a score of 6.44, followed, a little surprisingly, by Edinson Cavani and Victor Lindelof (6.51).

Manchester United average player ratings

1. Phil Jones (7.23), 2. Paul Pogba (7.14), 3. Alex Telles (7.01), 4. Bruno Fernandes (6.99), 5. Mason Greenwood (6.97), 6. Cristiano Ronaldo (6.94), 7. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (6.86), 8. Scott McTominay (6.84), 9. Fred (6.83), 10. Raphael Varane (6.80), 11. David De Gea (6.76), 12. Nemanja Matic (6.64), 13. Luke Shaw (6.59), 14. Diogo Dalot (6.58), 15. Harry Maguire (6.55), 16. Marcus Rashford (6.53), 17= Victor Lindelof, Edinson Cavani (6.51), 19. Jadon Sancho (6.44), 20. Jesse Lingard (6.37), 21. Anthony Martial (6.33), 22. Donny van de Beek (6.31), 23. Eric Bailly (6.28), 24. Anthony Elanaga (6.22).