Sergio Romero 7 – Had literally nothing to do for the first 45 minutes but made a couple of superb saves in the second half to keep the Russians at bay, including a fabulous save in the dying minutes of the game to keep hold of the lead.
Antonio Valencia 7 – Proved to be the only Manchester United player capable of sustaining a threatening tempo throughout the entire game. Looked completely at home featuring as a right win back.
Eric Bailly 7 – A bustling, no-nonsense display from the Ivorian on his return from suspension. Bullied Sardar Azmoun out of the game.
Chris Smalling 6 – Featured at the axis of a midfield three and ensured that the home side’s defensive structure remained throughout. Could have been better when it came to playing out from the back.
Marcos Rojo 7 – Managed to add a touch of composure to his usual defensive power when placed in a back three and even had time for an on-pitch banana.
Daley Blind 6 – Provided his usual deftness on the ball in awkward situations and had the license to surge forward on a more regular basis at left wing back. End product could have been better.
Ander Herrera 7 – Another warrior-like performance from the Spaniard, always looking to inject power and urgency into a largely insipid encounter.
Paul Pogba 6 – Displayed signs of innovation on the ball, launching a series of sublime passes all over the pitch, but struggled to thrive when it came to manipulating smaller spaces before being forced off with a hamstring injury.
Juan Mata 6 – Had a quiet first half (save for a wonderful ball for Mkhitaryan) but served as both the catalyst and scorer of United’s opening goal.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 6 – Produced some sublime moments going forward in the first half and delivered a pinpoint cross in the lead-up to United’s goal. Could have done better in front of goal.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 7 – Struck the post twice, grabbed an assist and harassed Rostov’s back four all game. Not necessarily pretty from the Swede but very much relentless.