Bayern Munich 1-0 Manchester United: Player Ratings

Bayern Munich 1-0 Manchester United: Player Ratings

David de Gea 7 – Made a number of saves in the first half, most notably to deny Thiago and Serge Gnabry, but they were saves he was expected to make. Wasn’t at fault for the goal either as sloppy defending from a corner left him with next to no chance of making a stop.

Matteo Darmian 6 – It was one of his better performances over the course of pre-season but he was still getting beaten by Franck Ribery far too many times before coming off for Timothy Fosu-Mensah midway through the second half. He seems to be in Jose Mourinho’s plans for the 2018-19 season but it’s debatable whether he should be.

Eric Bailly 7 – Bailly and Victor Lindelof were paired together for the first time ever at the Allianz Arena and they bounced off each other excellently. Certainly put himself at the front of the queue to start against Leicester City on Friday, but seeing him forced off after just 50 minutes is a worry.

Victor Lindelof 8 – The Sweden international was probably Man United’s Man of the Match as part of the debuting partnership alongside Bailly in the centre of defence. Dealt with the physical prowess of Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski admirably and is surely in a good position to start Friday’s Premier League opener.

Luke Shaw 4 – It looks to be the beginning of the end for Shaw at United; Ashley Young certainly won’t be worrying for his place whilst on holiday in Greece, that’s for sure. The 23-year-old was exposed by the veteran Arjen Robben regularly and barely made an impact inside Bayern’s half. We’re crying out for a new left-back.

Andreas Pereira 5 – Got another full 90 minutes under his belt and is still very likely to start at Old Trafford on Friday, but Bayern’s high pressing style made his time on the ball very limited. It was because of this he struggled to dictate the match like he had been doing in the United States.

Ander Herrera 4 – Herrera showed signs of good positioning at parts during the match but ultimately failed to keep possession of the ball and emphatically lost the midfield battle. Still likely to start against Leicester though with Paul Pogba still on holiday.

Fred 6 – Bayern’s high pressing game suffocated United’s midfielders on the ball and Fred didn’t get a huge chance to impress ahead of his Premier League debut. Interestingly was utilised as the most advanced central midfielder, but it’s doubtful he’ll feature there once Paul Pogba returns.

Juan Mata 4 – One to forget for Mata. The little Spaniard really struggled to get a foothold of the game and barely received the ball as United went all-out defence for a large chunk of the match. Was often lost in no mans land in the sense that he didn’t contribute much defensively but then didn’t have the pace to join the attacks.

Alexis Sanchez 6 – The captain on the night has haunting memories of games against Bayern from his time at Arsenal, no 5-1s tonight though. Did try his best to track back and defend when he could but the German side’s dominance showed. You can’t take away the fact that he’s been one of United’s best performers this summer.

Marcus Rashford 5 – Marcus Rashford, Manchester United no. 10. It looks like the 20-year-old is set to carry on Wayne Rooney‘s legacy from the 2018-19 season onwards but he couldn’t make much of an impact in his first game back from the World Cup. Was isolated too much and only really had one half-chance throughout the whole evening.


Chris Smalling

Scott McTominay

Phil Jones

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Demetri Mitchell

Tahith Chong

Lee Grant

Axel Tuanzebe

James Garner

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