Monday 21 August 2017

Here is how the players rated in Manchester United's Europa League win over Ajax

Manchester United players celebrate winning the Europa League after the match
Manchester United players celebrate winning the Europa League after the match

AJAX

ANDRE ONANA: Recovered from a nervy start with a good save from Valencia but was exposed for the goals. 5/10

JOEL VELTMAN: Pulled out of position too easily for United's opening goal. 5

DAVINSON SANCHEZ: Troubled by Rashford's pace early on but adapted as the game went on and showed he can chase back. 7

MATTHIJS DE LIGT: Also looked uncertain in the early stages but improved. 6

JAIRO RIEDEWALD: Was vulnerable to the pace of Valencia. 6

LASSE SCHONE: Comfortable on the ball but lacked options and was unable to dictate the game. 5

DAVY KLAASSEN: Showed some determination but struggled to make possession count. 5

HAKIM ZAYECH: Effectively shut out of the game by United's midfield. 5

BERTRAND TRAORE: Repeatedly troubled United with some dangerous and tricky runs, and showed lots of hunger, but lacked end product. 7

KASPER DOLBERG: Quiet and ineffective before being replaced on the hour. 4

AMIN YOUNES: Made some good runs without overly stretching United. 6

SUBSTITUTES:

DAVID NERES (for Dolberg, 62): Made limited impact. 4

DONNY VAN DE BEEK (for Schone, 70): Unable to turn the tide for the Dutch side. 4

FRENKIE DE JONG (for Riedewald, 82): Made little impression. 4

MANCHESTER UNITED

SERGIO ROMERO: Never troubled by the Ajax forwards. 6

ANTONIO VALENCIA: Showed composure in defence and determination getting forward. 6

CHRIS SMALLING: Justified his selection with a solid defensive showing and then set up Mkhitaryan's goal with one of the many headers he won. 8

DALEY BLIND: Had the occasional awkward moment against his old club but broke up Ajax play well and was strong in the tackle. 7

MATTEO DARMIAN: A hard-working and solid showing from the Italian. 6

ANDER HERRERA: Not at his most influential but a quietly effective showing from the Spaniard. 6

PAUL POGBA: His goal took a fortunate deflection but he commanded the midfield at times and took up good positions. 7

JUAN MATA: Did a lot of good defensive work - one nasty tackle aside - but showed his attacking instincts remain sharp in an all-action display. 7

MAROUANE FELLAINI: Hardly subtle but highly effective in an advanced role in which he showed strength and won plenty of headers. 7

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN: Stood out more for his defensive work in the first half but then popped up in the right place to hook in the second goal. 7

MARCUS RASHFORD: Seemed capable of causing significant damage with some good runs early on but was left isolated a lot. 6

SUBSTITUTES

JESSE LINGARD (for Mkhitaryan, 74): Looked certain to make it 3-0 after a blistering run but couldn't get away a shot. 6

ANTHONY MARTIAL (for Rashford, 84): Made a late entrance with the game all but over. 5

WAYNE ROONEY (for Mata, 90): Appeared only in the closing moments to share in his side's victory. 5

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