CSKA Moscow 1-4 Manchester United: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 7 – Made two vital saves in the first half, including a stunning low save to his right from Alan Dzagoev’s drive  when Jose Mourinho’s men were only one goal ahead. Would not have been pleased to see Konstantin Kuchayev fire a shot through his legs during the latter stages.

Ashley Young 7.5 – Playing at right wing back clearly suits the Englishman, who was able to take up dangerous positions throughout the game and keep CSKA’s left hand side pinned back.

Eric Bailly 7 – Produced a powerful, disciplined display at the back on what was his first ever Champions League appearance. Comfortably dealt with the potentially dangerous Vitinho.

Chris Smalling 7 – Displayed his prowess on the ball at the base of a back three. Always served as a reliable outlet when players around him found themselves under pressure and dominated in the air.

Victor Lindelof 7.5 – Without doubt the Swede’s most accomplished performance in a red shirt so far. Looked far more positionally sound with Smalling playing as a sweeper and moved the ball forward with purpose.

Daley Blind 7 – Another reliable display from the Dutchman. Picked out teammates with ease, hardly ever losing the ball, and even showed some signs of attacking impetus in the second period.

Nemanja Matic 8 – The Serbian has now played nine games for Manchester United and I don’t think he’s even had to break a sweat once. Looked as if he was actually toying with CSKA’s midfield at times, such was his raw power and control on the ball.

Ander Herrera 7.5 – This was the exact kind of performance his manager would have asked for: never out of position, running absolutely everywhere, precise passing and, of course, that unmistakeable tenacity to snuff out opponents. Produced a sublime pass for Anthony Martial in the build-up to Mkhitaryan’s goal.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7.5 – CSKA couldn’t get anywhere near him. With Martial and Romelu Lukaku creating space further up the pitch and Young stretching play, the Armenian had a field day at No.10, popping up all over the pitch to torment the hosts.

Anthony Martial 8 – Forget the notion that Martial is playing better than last season; he is producing performances that eclipse what we saw in his debut season at Old Trafford. The Frenchman was absolutely lethal once again, netting his fifth of the season from the spot, providing two assists for Lukaku, and seeing his rebounded shot tucked away by Mkhitaryan for United’s fourth. Utterly menacing.

Romelu Lukaku 8 – Not even the staunchest Lukaku admirer would have predicted that the Belgian would reach double figures for United by September. He now has ten in nine games. A simply astonishing record. None of CSKA’s back three could cope with his raw strength and constant movement as he plundered another two goals with not much more than pure instinct and execution. Mourinho has some goalscorer at his disposal.

Substitutes

Jesse Lingard

Matteo Darmian 

Marcus Rashford

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