By Saikat Mandal

8th Feb, 2023 | 10:02pm

Leeds United player ratings v Manchester United: Willy Gnonto outstanding, Patrick Bamford poor

Leeds United are still without a win in the Premier League after the World Cup as they managed a 2-2 against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday (8 February).

An exquisite goal from Willy Gnonto gave the Whites an early lead in the opening minute. In the second half, Cry Summerville squeezed past the ball from a tight angle, taking a deflection on the way.

Here MOT Leeds News rates the players out of ten for their performances at Old Trafford.

Illan Meslier – 7

The more you see Meslier, you can’t help but wonder what a player he has become. He is buzzing in confidence and made a terrific save in the first half to preserve the lead for Leeds. Could he have done better to prevent the effort from Jadon Jancho? He saw it very late amid a host of bodies. Made a terrific save to deny Varane in the 77th minute.

Luke Ayling 7

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The veteran defender came under a lot of criticism for his performances recently, but he has proved his quality on the night. Staying close to Garnacho, he did really well to keep the tricky youngster in check. In the second half, made a long-range effort that nearly kissed the top of the bar.

Pascal Struijk – 6

He was looking solid at the back but was taken off around the 22 min mark, after being hit by a ball from Marcus Rashford. It was really an unfortunate incident.

Robin Koch – 7

The German defender was solid at the back. He won the ariel duels and made some good clearances in the first half. There were a few nervy moments, but he grew in confidence as the game progressed. Played out the pass to Gnonto in the build-up to the second goal. Could he have done better to prevent Rashford’s header?

Max Wober – 9

Along with Gnonto, he is arguably the joint-best player of the match. What a signing he is turning out to be! Playing at centre-back, he made a goal-line clearance and later made two crucial blocks in the first half. Made some crucial clearances in the second half to round off a memorable performance.

Tyler Adams – 8

Adams and McKennie showed glimpses of what Leeds’ midfield can do against quality teams. They were full of energy and made some strong tackles in midfield. Bossed the midfield completely, and kept the likes of Fred in his pocket.

Weston McKennie – 8

It was his first start for the club, and he should be really happy with the effort he has put in, especially in the first half. He is not match fit properly but gave the impression that he has been playing in the Premier League for ages. Whether it is tackles, or heading the ball out from danger, it looks like the 24-year-old has been born to play in the Premier League. Terrific addition.

Willy Gnonto – 9

Exceptional once again, the young lad continues to dazzle in the Premier League. He pounced on the mistake and then held his nerve to score from outside the box within just 56 sec of the game is just astonishing.

Luis Sinisterra – NA

He was on the pitch for just eight minutes. Before he could contribute, he appears to have picked up a hamstring injury and was taken off.

Jack Harrison 6

It was one of those typical Harrison games where you expect him to show a bit more quality, but it was just never there. It was a solid effort from him, where he was involved in link-up play and covered a lot of ground, but that extra bit of quality was missing.

Patrick Bamford – 4

The injury to Rodrigo gives Bamford the chance to not only play regularly and to regain his best form as well. In the first half, he just couldn’t make an impact. Taken off in the 63rd minute. It was surprising to see him underperform in such a big game, and shows he needs more time to get back to his best form.


Crysencio Summerville (for Sinisterra, 8′) – 8

Needed a bit of luck, but fortune favours the brave. He got himself into a very good position and drilled the ball past David de Gea to score the second goal that took a deflection on the way. Also got himself in a fantastic position, but was fouled outside the box, although the referee was not interested.

Junior Firpo (for Pascal Struijk, 22′)

Goerginio Rutter (on for Jack Harrison, 63′)

Brenden Aaronson (on for Patrick Bamford, 63′)

Matteo Joseph (on for Willy Gnonto, 89′)

Sam Greenwood (on for Weston McKennie, 89′)

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