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Player Ratings: Real Salt Lake 1-2 Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

First half XI 

Joel Pereira 5 – Could have possibly been off his line with more urgency for Salt Lake’s goal. Didn’t need to make any major saves.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah 7 – A wonderfully dedicated performance from the Dutchman, displaying superb athleticism and providing some much needed width.

Victor Lindelof 6 – Defended sensibly, positioning himself well for the most part. Didn’t showcase much of his ability to play through the lines – something that will, you sense, develop over time.

Phil Jones 5 – Lacked the necessary strength and composure to prevent Luis Silva from bursting in behind and scoring. Decidedly shaky on the ball.

Daley Blind 5.5 – Didn’t offer much width or attacking impetus from left back. Improved his accuracy on the ball as the half went on.

Michael Carrick 6 – Found himself caught out on a few occasions early on as Salt Lake made an ebullient start, but managed to grab hold of proceedings in his typically classy, balanced way soon after Manchester United went behind.

Scott McTominay 6 – Begun the game with notable attacking desire, firing a fizzing shot wide early on, before retreating back and placing more emphasis on looking after the ball.

Paul Pogba 6.5 – Struggled to impose himself for the first 20 minutes but quickly found his range, launching some inch-perfect balls out wide. Faced a good challenge against an energetic midfield.

Jesse Lingard 6.5 – Worked incredibly hard in what were testing conditions and, in spite of failing to offer much else going forward, did brilliantly in the build-up to Lukaku’s goal.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 6.5 – A performance that perfectly reflected the Armenian’s career at Old Trafford so far: completely anonymous but still somehow claimed a goal and an assist.

Romelu Lukaku 7 – Left Salt Lake’s back line in tatters as he claimed a wonderfully deadly first goal in a Man United shirt just before half time. Looked sharp whenever holding up the ball and will only improve with more minutes.

Second half XI

Sergio Romero 6 – Had quite literally nothing to do. Could have watched an episode of House of Cards instead if he wanted to.

Antonio Valencia 6.5 – A typically aggressive, dedicated display from the Ecuadorian – too aggressive, in fact, for the referee, who amazingly sent him off for a full-blooded challenge with 23 minutes left.

Eric Bailly 6 – Barely broke a sweat against a largely ineffective second batch of Salt Lake players. Routine stuff for the Ivorian.

Chris Smalling 5.5 – Wasn’t placed under any discernible pressure and will face bigger challenges as his United career remains in limbo. Lacked accuracy playing out from the back.

Matteo Darmian 6 – Another disciplined, powerful performance from the Italian. Improved on the ball as the half progressed.

Ander Herrera 6 – A busy influence as usual, picking up the ball and moving it along efficiently. Faded slightly as the half went on.

Marouane Fellaini 7 – Once again a standout second half performer: ruthlessly broke up play and looked composed on the ball.

Andreas Pereira 6.5 – Worked extremely hard in central midfield, devotedly tracking opponents and remaining in space whenever United had the ball. Produced a wonderful cross for Smalling but supporters will want to see more of what he has to offer moving forward over the next week.

Juan Mata 6 – Produced some nice touches from the right hand side but could only manage 15 minutes before coming off with a knock.

Anthony Martial 6.5 – A bubbling influence from out wide, tearing across the surface whenever he could. Could have looked to link up with Rashford on a more regular basis.

Marcus Rashford 6 – Ran hard and looked composed on the ball but didn’t see much of the goal at all.


Demetri Mitchell 6.5 – Replaced the injured Mata and burst forward from the right hand side whenever he got the chance before reverting to his more familiar position of left back. Supporters will want to see more of him.

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