Saturday 10 December 2016

How did Manchester United's players rate in last night's FA Cup win?

Published 23/02/2016 | 07:58

Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling (2R) celebrates with teammates following the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Shrewsbury Town and Manchester United
Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling (2R) celebrates with teammates following the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Shrewsbury Town and Manchester United

Manchester United are safely through to the quarter-finals, but which of their players showed signs that they are playing their way back into some form?

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Sergio Romero

Aside from one confident catch from a Shrewsbury cross, the stand-in United keeper was not called into action at all and staying alert was his only challenge. 6

Guillermo Varela

Rarely tested as a defender, United’s young right-back saw plenty of the ball and looked neat and tidy. Linked up nicely with Lingard. 6

Chris Smalling

Missed a great early chance with a header but made amends by opening the scoring. Did what was needed defensively, but that was very little. 7

Daley Blind

Combined some solid defending when required with some composed use of the ball and some dangerous delivery from set-pieces. 7

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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

Demonstrated his potential with a powerful run that got United behind Shrewsbury for the opening goal and defended well. Taken off at half-time. 7

Ander Herrera

The Spaniard moved the ball with purpose and quality from the heart of midfield and got his rewards when he played the fine cross for Lingard’s goal. 7

Morgan Schneiderlin

Kept United ticking in the heart of midfield with a solid display in which he prevented Shrewsbury getting any momentum and used the ball simply. 7

Jesse Lingard

Gave an industrious display wide on the right, ensuring Shrewsbury defenders were rarely able to rest easy. Capped a good performance with a goal. 7

Juan Mata

Scored a goal and produced several more moments of class as he made the most of the space he was afforded. Not at his best but still caught the eye. 8

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Memphis Depay

Some over-ambitious shots early on earned him some ridicule from the home fans, but overall his trickery caused problems during a decent night’s work. 7

Anthony Martial

Looked a constant threat in the first half with his movement and pace before fading a little after the interval and being replaced with the game won. 7

Substitutes

Joe Riley (for Borthwick-Jackson, HT) 6

Andreas Perreira (for Mata, 65) 6

Will Keane (for Martial, 71) 6

Shrewsbury (3-4-2-1): Leutwiler 7; Grandison 6, Whitbread 5, Knight-Percival 5 (Cole HT, 6); Grimmer 6, Ogogo 6, Black 6, Brown 7; Whalley 6, Mangan 6; Akpa-Akpro 6 (Clark 81, 6). Subs: Halstead, Sadler, Vernon, Smith, Grandin.

Telegraph.co.uk

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