Manchester United 2-1 Anderlecht: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

Sergio Romero 6 – Gathered crosses and long range efforts with ease. Couldn’t do a thing about Sofiane Hanni’s goal.

Antonio Valencia 6 – Almost found himself caught out by a superb Youri Tielemans pass in the second half but composed himself well on the whole. Could have offered more going forward.

Eric Bailly 6 – Nearly let Acheampong score in the first half after dropping his guard. Provided plenty of boldness and power but perhaps could have been neater on the ball.

Marcos Rojo 6 – Started the game with his usual assuredness but unfortunately found himself stretchered off after 23 minutes following a nasty clash of knees with Alexandru Chipciu. Supporters will hope he returns soon.

Luke Shaw 7 – Another positive, energetic performance from somebody trying to prove a point to Jose Mourinho. Held the ball well and provided plenty of problems with some piercing runs from deep.

Michael Carrick 6 – Struggled to find his rhythm during the opening stages, with Anderlecht pressing with impressive levels of energy from minute one. Started to find his groove in the second half but could have been more positive with his passing.

Paul Pogba 6 – Occasionally spent too long on the ball and too often found himself crowded by purple shirts as a result. Did provide a number of sublime passes – his ball to Rashford in the lead-up to Mkhitaryan’s goal was indeed the best of them.

Jesse Lingard 5 – A similar story from the first leg: displayed plenty of energy but failed to provide much penetration, missing a golden opportunity early in the second half.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 6 – Scored a wonderful goal to put Manchester United ahead after just ten minutes but faded in influence after that, often unable to deal with the sheer power of Hanni in midfield.

Marcus Rashford 8 – Without doubt Man United’s brightest spark again. Provided an assist and harassed Anderlecht’s back four all evening, displaying otherworldly composure with his goal in extra time. A truly special, special player.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 5 – Looked somewhat one dimensional at times and, in spite of some smart of hold up play, failed to exercise much influence in front of goal.


Daley Blind 5 – Failed to deal with Hanni’s goal and subsequently failed to instil confidence in supporters with a notably frantic performance after replacing Rojo.

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