Saturday 18 November 2017

Paul Pogba the worst on show - Manchester United player ratings from defeat against Feyenoord

Manchester United's Paul Pogba (C) and Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling react after losing to Feyenoord
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (C) and Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling react after losing to Feyenoord

Samuel Stevens

Manchester United started their Europa League campaign with a defeat as Feyenoord secured a late victory courtesy of Tonny Vilhena's 79th minute strike.

After losing their Champions League opener at PSV Eindhoven one year to the day, United endured another night to forget in Holland.

Despite making eight changes to the side that ran out against City in the Manchester derby, Jose Mourinho's side still boasted plenty of quality.

But on the occasion his side looked cumbersome and unwieldy in Rotterdam as they struggled to break down the home side for much of the match.

It was hardly the response Mourinho craved after Saturday's derby defeat at Old Trafford, with few of the eight changes impressing at the De Kuip.

Anthony Martial's fizzing strike wide in the opening 30 minutes was the best United could muster from both halves.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Memphis Depay and Ashley Young were thrown on as Mourinho attempted to jump start his side, but their introduction could not prevent United's winless run extending to a sixth European trip.

David de Gea - 6 out of 10

Rarely tested despite the best efforts of his team-mates to give him a tough evening.

Matteo Darmian - 6 out of 10

Delivered a workman like performance but was left wanting when Feyenoord unleashed their counter-attacks.

Chris Smalling - 6 out of 10

Strong at set-pieces but frail was ran towards, this was an indifferent outing from United's centre-back.

Eric Bailly - 6 out of 10

Appeared effected by his first-half injury but admirably soldier on into the second period.

Marcos Rojo - 6 out of 10

Made inroads down the left flank but often got caught in possession.

Morgan Schneiderlin - 6 out of 10

Tasked with protecting the defence, this was a decent, if unremarkable, outing from the French international.

Ander Herrera - 6 out of 10

The Spaniard was occasionally swamped in midfield by his bulkier Feyenoord counterparts.

Paul Pogba - 5 out of 10

More is expected of him, owing to his astronomical transfer fee, but Pogba is still struggling to make his mark.

Anthony Martial - 5 out of 10

Spurned several good opportunities and appeared as unexcited by the Europa League as his manager.

Juan Mata - 6 out of 10

Battled for the cause and landed some significant blows onto the Feyenoord full-backs.

Marcus Rashford - 5 out 10

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