Martial, by contrast, is finally starting to force his way into manager Jose Mourinho's plans.
Paul Pogba 6 - An average performance from Pogba turned into a good showing in the second half as he grew into the game.
"We were defensively terrible". Despite the goal, United attack remained biteless in the first half and was lucky not to concede another goal. "He understands what I want and what the team needed today".
"Antonio Valencia? I watched something amusing in his Instagram where he says "work work work" in the gym", Mourinho said.
"So Lukaku has not come and we made a decision to start with Alexis". And I do not just look to my defenders, as a team we did not start pressing up, the work we did during the week. "No, I think in the next nine matches he's going to score a few goals". It happened again against a good team but we were prepared for everything.
United struggled to carve out chances for most of the half, but they almost leveled matters in the 34th minute through Fred, whose close-range strike was blocked Nathan Ake.
The rebuild required since Alex Ferguson's retirement remains a steady, ongoing process, but if their rediscovery of the resilience that gave them so many points late on in games under Ferguson becomes a regular feature it will ensure they maintain their present momentum.
"I don't think any player, certainly at Manchester United, will be not playing for José - I'm sure they're all working hard behind the scenes to get results". None more so than Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelof, who both seem to be finding some real form and dare I say consistency at last. It was much better.
Rooney, who won five league titles and a Champions League during a glittering 13-year career at United, said the players were still behind Mourinho.
Mourinho's men looked all set to pick up the crucial three points only for Ross Barkley to spoil the party with a goal in the 96th minute.