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Player ratings: Manchester United 3-2 AS Roma – World class Rooney

by Harriet Drudge

Sam Johnstone 7 – Quick off his line and strong when long balls threatened. Could have conceded early on but for a fortuitous bounce. Will be happy to have kept a clean sheet in his 45 minutes.

Phil Jones 6 – Looked confident on the ball and marshalled Manchester United’s defence well as the back five maintained a high line in the first half, even attempted to venture forward occasionally.

Jonny Evans 7 – Dictated the back line’s position which caught Roma offside in the first-half. Looked comfortable in possession and put in a good block in the first 20 minutes with the score still at 0-0.

Tyler Blackett 6 – Played the full 90 minutes and looked comfortable and composed throughout.

Antonio Valencia 5 – Had another quiet 45 minutes and gave the ball away cheaply all too often. Rarely threatened going forward.

Reece James 7 – Put in an assured performance showing strength and maturity in defence as well as a willingness to get forward.

Tom Cleverley (c) 6 – Showed glimpses of quality spraying some accurate long-range passes. Substituted midway through the second-half despite Louis van Gaal saying he would complete the full 90 minutes.

Ander Herrera 7 – Oozed confidence in midfield, demanding the ball whenever he could and worked well tracking back as Roma enjoyed the majority of the first-half possession. Played in Welbeck who won the penalty for the third goal.

Danny Welbeck 7 – Phenomenal work-rate nearly created an opening after he dispossessed the goalkeeper but couldn’t find Mata with his pass. Looked lively throughout and won free-kicks in dangerous positions.

Juan Mata 8 – Scored a sumptuous second for United with a delicate chip over the goalkeeper after bringing down Rooney’s pass brilliantly in the penalty area. Linked up well with Herrera, Welbeck and Rooney.

Wayne Rooney 9 – Involved in all three United goals, scoring two and setting up the other with a superb ball over the Roma defence. Fantastic 25-yard strike across his body to the goalkeeper’s right and an emphatic penalty will do wonders for his confidence going into the season.

Substitutes

Ben Amos 6 – Will be disappointed to let in a goal from the opposition’s half but redeemed himself with a superb save from an overhead kick late in the second-half.

Michael Keane 5 – Conceded a harsh penalty given for handball which lead to Roma’s second goal. Rarely troubled, but stood firm under any pressure Roma did apply.

Chris Smalling 7 – Comfortable and mature performance from the senior defender in a young back line, taking responsibility when needed.

Luke Shaw 6 – Looked dangerous going forward although sometimes wasteful in possession.

Ashley Young 5 – Booked for a late tackle early on in the second-half. Was unable to impact the game much from right wing-back.

Shinji Kagawa 5 – Neat in possession but unable to create any clear-cut chances.

Nani 5 – Rarely threatened and failed to offer cover for the defence.

Will Keane 5 – Fed on scraps and struggled as Roma dominated second half possession.

Jesse Lingard 5 – Looked lively but lost the ball in good positions. Could have played in Hernandez on the counter attack late on but took too long in possession.

Javier Hernandez 6 – Linked up play well occasionally but failed to trouble the goalkeeper during his limited time on the pitch.

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