Manchester United 2-1 Real Madrid: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 6 – A very quiet first run-out for the Spaniard since the World Cup. Didn’t need to do much aside from gather a couple of crosses and long range drives.

Matteo Darmian 7 – Produced a commanding display in the right wing-back role, exhibiting good strength and energy throughout. Made an excellent run in the build-up to Alexis Sanchez’s goal.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah 6 – Made his physical presence in the box felt on more than one occasion but couldn’t cope with new signing Vinicius Jr out wide.

Eric Bailly 6 – This was a game which revealed the two sides to Bailly: both the swashbuckling, all-encompassing defensive powerhouse in the box and the defender clearly lacking in positional intelligence, as seen for Real Madrid’s goal.

Scott McTominay 5 – Jose Mourinho put the Scot on the left hand side of a back three and, put simply, it didn’t work. Positioning was way off when Real Madrid first broke down his side and then again for Karim Benzema’s goal. You could tell he isn’t a central defender.

Luke Shaw 6 – Once again played with plenty of heart and verve on the left hand side, maintaining his position reasonably well, but his lack of precision going forward is frustrating.

Ander Herrera 7 – His best performance of the tour by some distance. Hassled opposition midfielders all evening, won the ball in key areas, and scored an excellent half-volley from outside the box.

Andreas Pereira 5 – Failed to have the same influence in a deeper midfield role, often struggling to cope with the speed of Madrid’s play down the middle. Doesn’t seem suited as a defensive midfielder – a position he has never played in.

Fred 7 – A very promising first run out in a red shirt from the Brazilian. Displayed good close control under pressure, beating Madrid’s press, and moved the ball up the pitch comfortably. An accomplished display on the ball.

Juan Mata 7 – The Spaniard was as eloquent as usual on the ball, linking up well with Sanchez down the middle and keeping attacks ticking over – most notably in the build-up to United’s second goal.

Alexis Sanchez 7 – You can tell Sanchez isn’t messing around this season. The forward gave another incisive, tenacious, accomplished attacking display in the United States, cooly sliding home the opener and showing great dexterity with a headed assist for Herrera. Looks like a new player following a much-needed holiday.


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