Manchester United continue to compete on four fronts as they earned a spot in tomorrow’s draw for the FA Cup Fifth Round draw.
Mourinho’s charges overcame a resilient Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, coming from behind to run out 2-1 winners.
The Special One named an impressive lineup for the game but it was the absences that caught the eye more than the inclusions. Luke Shaw still couldn’t get a start and the massively talented Timothy Fosu-Mensah was omitted altogether.
Sergio Romero – 6
There was nothing the Argentinian could have done to stop Danny Graham’s opener, having just parried a venomous effort from Marvin Emnes, minutes before. Didn’t really feature in the second period until he almost cost his side the win after spilling a routine cross.
Ashley Young – 6
He was found wanting defensively, bizarre considering he’s a right winger. He did, however, offer a threat out wide as Jesse Lingard ahead of him tucked in and operated more centrally and should have won a penalty early in the second half.
Chris Smalling – 4.5
Disastrous defending for the opener undid much of his improved recent form.
Marcos Rojo – 4.5
Somehow managed to get beaten four times in ten seconds by Emnes and was culpable for the early struggles of the visitors.
Matteo Darmian – 6
Was cautious to get forward and offered little when he did but did do his job at the back adequately.
Michael Carrick – 6
Still didn’t quite rediscover his majestic December form but did provide some stability to a midfield unprotected by those ahead of them. After the break, however, the veteran Englishman was excellent at the heart of United’s midfield.
Ander Herrera – 5
It was all a bit “Duracell Bunny” from Herrera in the first period, unlike his recent imperious showings. He almost found the equaliser shortly after Danny Graham drew first blood with a well-struck shot. He was too eager to get forward and left Carrick isolated in midfield.
Jesse Lingard – 3.5
The man that won the FA Cup for United last year is too often the subject of ridicule from fans but his showing today didn’t make it difficult to see why. His pace did some damage but his final product was awful. He was justifiably hooked on the hour mark.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 6.5
Could have had a few by half-time alone but redeemed himself with a brilliant assist for the equaliser.
Anthony Martial – 5.5
He was quiet for much of the first half but terrified the Blackburn defence with his dynamic, explosive play. Was somewhat unlucky to go off for Ibrahimovic.
Marcus Rashford – 7
Was composed in front of goal and found himself back on the scoresheet after toiling early in the game. He continued to scare the hosts from the left wing and provided some much-needed width.
Paul Pogba – 7.5
Mourinho would never have wanted to introduce Pogba or Ibrahimovic but was forced into it as his charges continued to struggle in front of goal. His incision made an immediate difference and his pass for the winner was superb.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 7
The maverick Swede wouldn’t even have qualified for his rating were it not for his goal, so little was influence besides the well-taken strike. When it mattered, the he and Pogba stepped up.
Juan Mata – 5
Only brought on to waste time.