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Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-1 Real Madrid: Captain fantastic and brilliant Ashley Young

by Sam Peoples

David de Gea 7 – Was unable to keep out Gareth Bale’s penalty but showed great concentration when called upon every other time by Real Madrid.

Michael Keane 6 – Will be having Bale shaped nightmares for at least a month after being turned inside out by the Welshman more than once. Did do well to keep his head following those wobbly moments though.

Phil Jones 7 – In the heart of defence, Jones was very assured and it was another comfortable performance from him.

Jonny Evans 6.5 – The Irishman is starting to gather momentum and given his natural ball playing ability, he could thrive under Van Gaal.

Antonio Valencia 6 – Uneventful performance that was underwhelming, especially when you compare it to Ashley Young‘s.

Ashley Young 8.5* – Young’s deserved man of the match award came after what was potentially his best 45 minutes in a United shirt, albeit in a friendly, against Madrid. Two goals capped a fine performance in which he did his fair share of defensive work and was a constant threat down the left.

Ander Herrera 6.5 – There’s a slight irony in that Herrera was the player whose first touch seemed to elude him given United’s slick football but he still showed great tenacity to win the ball back.

Darren Fletcher 8 – That was a pre-injury performance from Fletcher, the sort many (myself included) questioned whether we’d ever see again from the midfielder. Dominant, controlling and full of energy, Fletcher was outstanding.

Juan Mata 7.5 – Mata could become a modern day Spanish midfield equivalent of Denis Irwin – he always gets at least a 7/10. Against Madrid, he wasn’t at his cutting best but still had plenty to offer going forward.

Danny Welbeck 7 – Pepe and Sergio Ramos literally resorted to kicking Welbeck off the pitch as his movement was a constant thorn in their side. Was a real shame to see him go off injured.

Wayne Rooney 7 – Rooney’s rebirth under Van Gaal continued with another strong performance that nearly included a goal as well.

Substitutes

Luke Shaw 6.5 – Much better from Shaw who really impressed after coming on at left-back.

Wilfried Zaha 6 – Zaha is still yet to open up fully and blossom. Hesitant at times with what to do when squared up against a defender.

Tyler Blackett 6.5 – Didn’t look out of place against the European champions. Also faced up against Ronaldo and won the tackle with ease. Impressive.

Javier Hernandez 6.5 – Chicharito’s goal could do wonders for his confidence. Whether that means he’ll walk into Van Gaal’s plans remains to be seen.

Shinji Kagawa 6.5 – A delicious ball for Chicharito’s headed goal epitomised his impressive cameo performance.

Jesse Lingard 6 – Jesse stretched Madrid and gave United an outlet in attack. Delivered an inch perfect ball for Hernandez who was inches away from getting on the end of it.

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