Anderlecht 1-1 Manchester United: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

Sergio Romero 6 – Could do nothing about Dendoncker’s superb late header. Had little else to do apart from that.

Antonio Valencia 7 – Injected energy and discipline down the right-hand side from start to finish. Supplied a sensational cross in the lead-up to Mkhitaryan’s goal.

Marcos Rojo 7 – Another commanding, assured display from the Argentine, moving the ball forward well and keeping Anderlecht’s front-line at bay. Seems to be improving every week.

Eric Bailly 7 – Provided imposing levels of power and graft alongside Rojo. Made a number of important – and indeed well executed – clearances.

Matteo Darmian 6 – Occasionally lacked the pace and strength to deal with Massimo Bruno but did manage to ease into the game. Could have done far better with Anderlecht’s goal.

Michael Carrick 7 – Jose Mourinho rested him specifically for this game and you can see why. Ensured that the visitors dominated proceedings with a truly splendid display at the base of midfield.

Paul Pogba 7.5 – A cut above anybody else in midfield. Anderlecht just couldn’t get the ball off him at all. This was Pogba at his scintillating best. Could have capped it off with a goal at the end but fluffed his lines.

Jesse Lingard 5 – A frustrating evening for the 24-year-old: struck the post in the first half and, despite his usual energy, could have an effect on the game.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7 – Suffered another disjointed 20 minutes but, as is becoming the norm in Europe this season, managed to find the opener with some good anticipation following Rashford’s drive. Looked growingly composed as the game went on.

Marcus Rashford 7 – An effervescent, dedicated force all evening. Gave the home side a constant problem with his raw pace.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 6 – Lead the line from the front, producing some smart build-up play, only to fall short when it came to doubling United’s advantage.


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