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Despite sitting in a respectable sixth place in the Premier League, Manchester United will have hoped for a much better start to the new season.

Victory in the Community Shield was followed by three-straight league victories over Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City, suggesting Jose Mourinho's side were in business.

However, since then, they've lost to rivals Manchester City and Watford in the league and slumped to a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Old Trafford.

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Where the individual performances of United's players are concerned, it's been a mixed bag.

While the likes of Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have impressed, Paul Pogba and Wayne Rooney have been subjected to much criticism for their underwhelming displays.

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And so, with the international break underway, Manchester Evening News reporter Samuel Luckhurst took it upon himself to rate United's players out of 10 based on initial showings.

Here's how they rated.

DAVID DE GEA - 5

Usually so reliable in goal, David de Gea has conceded eight goals so far and was at fault for Stoke's equaliser on Sunday.

Manchester United v Stoke City - Premier League

ANTONIO VALENCIA - 6

Antonio Valencia has developed into a fine right-back at United, but inconsistency has been an issue this season and his delivery leaves a lot to be desired.

ERIC BAILLY - 8

Eric Bailly has arguably impressed most out of United's summer signings, demonstrating his pace and strength weekly to become Mourinho's first choice.

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CHRIS SMALLING - 6

Having started the season as third-choice centre-back, Chris Smalling was reinstated against City last month and has performed well as stand-in captain.

DALEY BLIND - 7

Daley Blind has filled in at left-back since Luke Shaw's untimely injury and performed admirably, providing two assists during a 4-1 win over Leicester City recently.

Hull City v Manchester United - Premier League

LUKE SHAW - 6

Mourinho singled out Shaw following the 3-1 defeat to Watford last month and he's since been absent through injury, allowing the aforementioned Blind to shine.

MAROUANE FELLAINI - 6

Marouane Fellaini enjoyed a superb start to the season alongside Paul Pogba but has tailed off in recent weeks, deservedly losing his place to Ander Herrera.

Watford v Manchester United - Premier League

ANDER HERRERA - 7

Herrera offers something different in United's midfield and has justified Mourinho's faith with a number of all-action performances, namely against Leicester.

PAUL POGBA - 6

One goal and zero assists in six Premier League games simply isn't good enough from United's £89 million summer signing.

Manchester United v Leicester City - Premier League

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN - 5

Like Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has so far failed to live up to expectation and played just 107 minutes' worth of Premier League football.

WAYNE ROONEY - 3

Well, what can you say? Three-straight games starting on the bench says it all about how poor Wayne Rooney has been this season in his new central midfield role.

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JUAN MATA - 7

Mourinho has finally come to his senses and deployed Juan Mata in the No.10 role, where his creativity and work rate came to the fore against Leicester and Stoke.

ANTHONY MARTIAL - 5

Scored a wonderful goal against Stoke on Sunday but Anthony Martial has been largely disappointing this season and must deliver on a more regular basis.

Watford v Manchester United - Premier League

JESSE LINGARD - 6

Like teammate Martial, Jesse Lingard can be brilliant one week and downright awful the next, like against City during last month's 2-1 defeat. Inconsistency has again been an issue.

MARCUS RASHFORD - 7

Three goals in five Premier League games is an excellent return for Marcus Rashford, who is edging closer towards becoming a guaranteed starter under Mourinho.

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ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC - 7

Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads the way where goals and leadership are concerned at United but has squandered a number of golden opportunities this season, such as against Stoke.

Other mentions: Matteo Darmian (3), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (6), Marcos Rojo (1), Michael Carrick (6), Morgan Schneiderlin (5), Ashley Young (5), Memphis Depay (5).

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