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  • Writer's pictureAlex Oakhill

Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Luton Town

Luton Town left Old Trafford empty handed after a spirited performance against Manchester United on Saturday. The hosts were frustrated for much of the game, and only a Victor Lindelof goal on the hour could split the two sides. The Hatters found themselves in good attacking positions on multiple occasions, but were unable to take their chances once again, as the lack of potency in the final third continues to haunt Rob Edwards' side.

For the second time in two weeks, the Town were executing a game plan against one of the 'big 6' perfectly, limiting United's opportunities whilst maintaining a threat on the counter attack. However, all their good work was undone in the 59th minute when Luton failed to clear a corner properly, and the ball eventually fell to Lindelof who had the simple task of smashing home. Rob Edwards and his players were visibly disappointed at the final whistle, as they clearly felt they should've got more out of the game. The Hatters lacked any cutting edge in the final third, leaving them with just a handful of half chances throughout.

Player Ratings

Thomas Kaminski - 8.5

Very quickly becoming one of the Town's most important players. Put in a stunning display last week against Liverpool, and it was more of the same on Saturday. In particular, the Belgian made a ridiculous save from Rasmus Hojlund in the opening stages, thwarting the Danish striker from point blank range.

Issa Kabore - 7

Up against the tricky Garnacho for the much of the game, but dealt well with the threat, whilst providing an outlet for the Hatters at times. The Town often look for the Manchester City loanee in attack, although the wing back's final product needs work after a couple of wayward crosses.

Teden Mengi - 7

Really growing into a decent Premier League centre back over the last few games. Dominating in the air once again and produced some impressive last ditch tackles to keep the score at 1-0. Rob Edwards has a big decision to make once the rest of the Town's centre backs regain fitness.

Tom Lockyer - 7

Solid display once again from the captain, in the heart of the Town's defence. Put his body on the line at times and defended well against the young Hojlund throughout. Thrives in the games like this where the ball is always in front of him, as he isn't as comfortable when running towards his own goal.

Gabe Osho - 6.5

Lost Rashford and Mctominay a couple of times at the back post, and was lucky that the pair were unable to convert their chances. The rest of his display was competent and Osho is showing how easily he's taken to life as a Premier League defender.

Alfie Doughty - 7

Kept an out of form Marcus Rashford quiet for the majority of the game, and provided some real threat going forward for the Town. Was taken off early in the second half after suffering a knock that Hatters fans will hope is nothing serious.

Marvellous Nakamba - 7

Nakamba and Barkley are forming a decent partnership in the centre of Luton's midfield. Nakamba was bypassed for much of the game as United opted to use the wings, but when called upon he broke up the play with his usual brilliance.

Ross Barkley - 7

Once again looked the Town's most composed player on the ball, taking his time to pick the pass as many of the Luton team rushed and gave it away. Sometimes is slightly too relaxed in possession, producing a few sloppy passes.

Andros Townsend - 6

Had a shot very easily saved by Onana in the first period, but worked hard for the team throughout, performing his defensive duties well. With the Hatters struggling to get on the ball, had very little chance to show any creativity.

Carlton Morris - 6

Incredibly isolated once again, and although he worked hard, many knockdowns were met by a Manchester United shirt. Had one good chance in the first half, as he flicked a powerful header towards the corner, but Onana was equal to it.

Chiedozie Ogbene - 6

Much of his work was defensive on Saturday, and unfortunately Ogbene was unable to find the right pass when in the final third. His pace is such an asset for the Town, and the Irishmen is often the focal point of attacks, but his end product is slightly lacking at times.

Tahith Chong - 6.5

Came on early in the second half and provided his usual energy and passion. Gave the Town something different when he entered the fray, but unfortunately couldn't help the Hatters to a draw.

Jordan Clark - 6.5

Brilliant to see Luton's play off final hero make his debut in the Premier League, huge cheers from the away end greeted him as he ran onto the pitch at Old Trafford. It was a decent cameo from Clicker as well, who could be vital to Rob Edwards when he regains full fitness.

Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, Ryan Giles and Elijah Adebayo - 6

All three had very little time to make an impact.

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