Friday 22 September 2017

The good, the bad and the Fellaini: The Man United players ratings after tense Europa League clash

Manchester United players line up for a group photograph ahead of the UEFA Europa League semi-final, second-leg football match between Manchester United and Celta Vigo at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel RIOPA
Manchester United players line up for a group photograph ahead of the UEFA Europa League semi-final, second-leg football match between Manchester United and Celta Vigo at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel RIOPA
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Here is how the Man United players rated in tonight's 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo that saw them advance to the Europa League final.

SERGIO ROMERO: Preferred ahead of David De Gea like so many times during this Europa League campaign, the Argentina international again produced a solid display. Jose Mourinho has a tough decision to make for the final. 7

ANTONIO VALENCIA: Back after missing Sunday's league defeat Arsenal, the stand-in captain was not at the same level he has set this season. 6

ERIC BAILLY: The defender has enjoyed a promising first campaign at Old Trafford but lost his cool by raising his hand and being sent off. Nearly cost his side. 4

DALEY BLIND: At times the versatile Dutchman is guilty of defensive naivety - something evident against Celta. Who would have thought United would miss Marcos Rojo so much? 5

MATTEO DARMIAN: Given an extended run in the team, the dependable if unadventurous full-back had it tough dealing with Iago Aspas. 6

ANDER HERRERA: The midfielder helped deny the club his father once worked for a place in the final. Not one of Herrera's most imposing displays, but worked diligently in the middle. 7

PAUL POGBA: Unaffected by the background noise surrounding his world-record move to Old Trafford, the France international offered an attacking option and defensive shield. 7

MAROUANE FELLAINI: The divisive Belgian ruffled a few feathers in Vigo last week and headed United into a 17th-minute lead, meeting Marcus Rashford's cross with a typically commanding header. 7

JESSE LINGARD: Not the most enthralling attacking display but there was no faulting the winger's work rate. 6

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN: The Armenian has played an integral role in the club's progress in the competition and worked tirelessly, receiving a pat on the back from Mourinho as he made way for Michael Carrick. 7

MARCUS RASHFORD: The 19-year-old broke Galician hearts with his decisive first-leg free-kick and again made an impact with the superb cross headed home by Fellaini. His movement again was troublesome. 7

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MICHAEL CARRICK (for Mkhitaryan, 77): An experienced introduction as the clock wound down, not that it help stem the Celta tide. 6

WAYNE ROONEY (for Lingard, 86): The United captain, along with his team-mates, had to dig deep. 6

CHRIS SMALLING (for Rashford, 89): Had little time to make an impact in a frantic ending. 6

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