Manchester United 0-1 Barcelona: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 7- Made a litany of saves to keep a rampant Barcelona at bay in the first half – the best being a reactionary dive to keep out Luis Suarez’s overhead kick.

Antonio Valencia 6.5 – Lost his composure in the lead-up to Neymar’s goal. A rare sight. Made every effort to atone with some powerful runs forward.

Victor Lindelof 5 – Another poor showing from Mourinho’s new signing. Never looked able to close down the space as Barcelona poured forward.

Chris Smalling 5 – Never looked comfortable with the pace set by Barcelona’s front three. Unsteady in his passing and allowed Luis Suarez to brush him aside for Neymar’s goal.

Daley Blind 5 – Struggled to pick out Lingard and couldn’t find Lukaku – or anybody, really – with his crosses. An unusually poor day at the office on the ball.

Michael Carrick 6 – Composed on the ball but lacked the legs to keep up with Barcelona’s midfield – especially the brilliant Carles Alena. Mourinho will know he needs to invest in this area.

Paul Pogba 7.5 – Another majestic performance. The only United player consistently capable of matching Barcelona’s tempo. Outmuscled anybody that came his way and forced Jasper Cillessen into making a few saves.

Jesse Lingard 5.5 – Displayed some initiative early on but quickly found himself unable to get into the game as Barcelona started to dominate the ball.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 6 – A few nice touches and spins early on but, as the game went on, turned relatively anonymous. Needs to show more at N0.10.

Marcus Rashford 7 – Threw the kitchen sink at Barcelona’s back four and, on several occasions, had them eating dust. Execution wasn’t always there but this was another promisingly aggressive display from the 19-year-old

Romelu Lukaku 6.5 – Showed plenty of intent to flood the box but struggled to get on the end of much at all. Did well with his hold up play once again. Needs to improve his positioning.


Marouane Fellaini 7 – Threw a spanner into Barcelona’s midfield, including the mesmerising Andres Iniesta, with a series of blocks, interceptions and even some classic elbows.

Eric Bailly 6 – Something of ‘bull in a china shop’ kind of performance. Dealt ruthlessly with anybody that came near him but almost saw his aggression get the better of him as he failed to track the run of Munir, who should have scored.

Matteo Darmian 6.5 – Went about his defensive business in disciplined fashion as always, largely shutting down Barcelona’s right hand side, but could have linked up better with Martial.

Phil Jones 7 – Didn’t have to go up against the lethal ‘MSN’ but produced one of his more comfortable performances on this pre-season tour. Clever on the ball.

Sergio Romero 6.5 – Didn’t have much to do aside from making a fantastic one-on-one stop from Munir.

Anthony Martial N/A

Andreas Pereira N/A

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