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Manchester United 1-1 AC Milan: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

Lee Grant 6 – Could have perhaps come off his line quicker for AC Milan’s goal. Calmly dealt with anything else which came his way and showed composure moving the ball out from the back.

Matteo Darmian 6 – Amazingly, the Italian was the pick of the defenders: courageous – albeit typically slow – going forward, handled the ball calmly, maintained a good position. Give him the bloody captaincy every week.

Eric Bailly 5 – The Ivorian certainly made his physical presence felt: sometimes with trademark defensive headers but mainly by scything down anyone who came near him. A bit brash and sloppy.

Chris Smalling 5  – The Englishman appeared to still be on his holidays for the most part. Caught completely flat-footed and out of position for Suso’s goal. Never looked settled with the speed at which Milan played.

Axel Tuanzebe 5 – Displayed more awareness of Suso’s run for Milan’s equaliser than his elder counterparts, although his positioning may have been better. Used the ball well on the left hand side of a back three in the first half but struggled more as the game went on.

Luke Shaw 5 – Not his best performance of the pre-season tour at all. Found himself run ragged by Suso at times and largely brainless in attack.

Ander Herrera 6 – Caused more trouble than good in the midfield, relentlessly bringing down Milan players unfairly. Improved with his passing in the second period but the Spaniard is yet to get going over pre-season.

Scott McTominay 6 – Started brightly, winning the ball high up the pitch and playing with a high intensity, only for his quality and presence to fade as the minutes ticked by.

Andreas Pereira 7 – Another wonderfully accomplished performance in the No.6 role. The way he picks up positions and shifts the ball belies the fact he’s spent the last two seasons playing out wide. Supplied the ball of the game for Sanchez in the second half.

Juan Mata 7 – His strongest performance of the tour by far: eloquent on the ball, bringing his teammates into the game with inviting, guided passes – the best of which coming in the form of a clever flicked assist for Sanchez in the first half. Always looked involved playing close to the Chilean in a three at the back system.

Alexis Sanchez 7.5 – The best player on the pitch by some distance. You can tell the forward has benefitted from a proper holiday. Played with energy, drive, adventure, precision. His goal early on was expertly taken and, with better support around him, could have created a couple of goals on the break. Make no mistake: he looks up for the 2018/19 campaign.


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