Manchester United 3-0 FC Basel: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 6.5 – Only had to make one save of note following Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s misguided ball in the 63rd minute. Distributed the ball confidently once again.

Ashley Young 7.5 – A superb return to action. Produced a solid, disciplined display at right back, working exhaustively to keep Basel’s left hand side quiet. Reminded supporters of his superb delivery with a pin-point assist for Marouane Fellaini in the first half and looked fluid on the ball, even as the game entered its latter stages.

Chris Smalling 7 – Enjoyed a commanding return to action at the back, keeping Ricky van Wolfswinkel at bay and dominating in the air.

Victor Lindelof 6 – Looked composed on the ball and produced a number of precise passes forward but his positioning continues to be a concern. Created more blind spots for himself than necessary and didn’t look comfortable with Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Daley Blind 6.5 – Produced a simply sublime assist for Romelu Lukaku and, with Young bombing down the other side, invoked a sense of calm on the left flank.

Paul Pogba N/A – Went down with what looked like a strained hamstring after just 15 minutes. A disappointing anticlimax after being handed the armband for the first time.

Nemanja Matic 7.5 – Another sumptuous, imperious display from the Serbian. Stopped Basel from creating any headway down the middle and stepped up to the creative plate following Pogba’s injury.

Juan Mata 6.5 – This was a subtly effective display from the Spaniard: could have grabbed an assist early on and linked up nicely with Mkhitaryan.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7 – Often found himself crowded by white shirts and made a couple of unnecessary errors. When he has the ball at his feet, things happen, but he occasionally struggled with the basics.

Anthony Martial 7 – Brought hell upon Michael Lang all game with a litany of penetrating runs until being replaced for Jesse Lingard. Confidence is back running through the youngster’s veins, that’s for sure.

Romelu Lukaku 7.5 – Another game, another goal. His sixth in a Manchester United shirt was another typical striker’s goal, rising above the rest to power home a bullet header and put the game to bed. Held up the ball superbly early on to help create early pressure.


Marouane Fellaini 8 – Forget the notion of Fellaini being the Belgian Zidane; this was a performance that made the former Ballon d’Or winner look like the French Fellaini, and not even a very good one. The midfielder was simply sublime in every department: a pin-point header, enterprising on the ball, an assist, imperious without the ball. An example of why Jose Mourinho labelled him as “important” before the game.

Jesse Lingard 6.5 – Ran hard after coming on, linking up well with Mkhitaryan, but didn’t receive many touches on the box.

Marcus Rashford 7 – The youngster is in a scintillating goalscoring mood. Guided home United’s third with all the precision and panache of an experienced Champions League player. Three goals to his name this season already and, with confidence bursting through his veins, you would only expect more.


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