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Player ratings: Barcelona 3-0 Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 5 – Made some good saves but that howler, minutes after Lionel Messi opened the scoring, was criminal. Not good enough.

Victor Lindelof 6 – Given the circumstances, not a bad performance. Deployed at right-back, the Swede had a mixture of Jordi Alba and Philipe Coutinho coming at him all game. Occasionally out of position but on the whole better than his defensive counterparts.

Phil Jones 5 – Just looked lost out there. Jittery with his passing and dropped off for Lionel Messi’s first goal.

Chris Smalling 6 – Probably the strongest defender out there for Manchester United. Could have displayed better organisation but largely kept Luis Suarez out of the game.

Ashley Young 4 – It was the Englishman’s mistake which opened the floodgates for Barcelona after 15 minutes. Attempted a Cruyff turn in his own box, lost it, and Messi scored. Looked miles off the pace.

Fred 5 – Received plenty of touches on the ball but rarely looked capable of doing much with it, such was the lack of space and movement ahead of him. Nutmegged by Messi in the leadup to Barcelona’s opener and not strong enough for their second.

Scott McTominay 6 – Was not the same presence in possession as he was at Old Trafford but the Scot’s application and sheer defensive discipline deserves some recognition.

Paul Pogba 5 – The Frenchman was everywhere during those golden first ten minutes for United, feeding through a wonderful ball to Marcus Rashford, but his influence dissipated as Barcelona took more control. Took too long on the ball.

Jesse Lingard 4 – Practically non-existent in the game. Hardly touched the ball.

Anthony Martial 5 – Some promising twists and turns, especially at the start, but became something of a passenger as the game went on.

Marcus Rashford 6 – Gave everything at the masthead of attack but, unlike Barcelona’s No.10, lacked composure in front of goal. Spurned a big chance after 60 seconds, and scuffed another from the exact place Messi scored from moments later.


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