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Manchester United 2-1 Wolfsburg: Player Ratings

  • Who was your Man of the Match?
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Modified 01 Oct 2015, 11:07 IST
Chris Smalling
Chris Smalling scored the winner for Manchester United

The English sides have had a torrid start to the Champions League campaign with both Arsenal and Chelsea losing on Tuesday night. However, Manchester United bucked that trend last night with a 2-1 home win over last season’s Bundesliga runners-up. Here are the player ratings from the match.

More: Highlights and 5 Talking Points

Manchester United

David de Gea – 6/10

The Spaniard had little to do all throughout the game but would be disappointed to have conceded a goal early on. His delivery was decent throughout the game as he urged his teammates on to score the winning goal.

Antonio Valencia – 5.5/10

He was far from his best last night. His runs forward did not yield any results. Further at times, he was troubled by Draxler and Caligiuri who kept switching flanks. Also, some hopeful long balls ahead never bore any fruit. He also played Daniel Caligiuri onside for Wolfsburg’s goal.

Chris Smalling – 8/10

He was superb at the back but the highlight of the game was his calm and composed finish as he put the Red Devils 2-1 ahead. Smalling has had a good start to the season and he continued his good defensive work against Wolfsburg.

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Daley Blind – 6/10

The Dutch international was partly to blame for his side conceding so early on. He was caught as Kruse played the ball past him to Caligiuri who calmly converted. Blind put in a man of the match performance against Liverpool but his performance last night left more to be desired.

Matteo Darmian – 7/10

Owing to injuries to Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo, Darmian slotted into the left-back position and would be pleased with his performance. There were times when Draxler went past him but he made up for that by attacking down the left flank and linking up well with Memphis Depay.

Darmian
Matteo Darmian (R) put in a good shift at right-back against the hard-working Julain Draxler (L)

Morgan Schneiderlin – 4/10

The Frenchman conceded a few fouls and even got a yellow card in the first half. His passing was far from good and there were quite a few wrong passes while some long balls went unanswered. All in all, a disappointing night for him.

Bastian Schweinsteiger – 4/10

Just like his partner in the middle of the field, Schweinsteiger was disappointing as well. Mispasses were a constant feature as the former Bayern star looked a shadow of his earlier performances this season. He was substituted with Phil Jones coming on.

Juan Mata – 8/10

He won a penalty for a handball in the box and converted it. He then provided a brilliant ball in the second half as Smalling converted to make it 2-1 to the home side. Mata scoring goals has become common for the Red Devils and there is no doubt that he is the most important player for the side.

Juan Mata
Juan Mata had a goal and assist

Wayne Rooney – 5/10

The England captain lacked energy and confidence last night. He missed a sitter in the first half and also let Mata take the penalty. There were some poor passes from him as well.

Memphis Depay – 4/10

The winger had another night to forget as he rarely created any chances. He did go past Trasch on a number of occasions, but nothing really materialized. He got a yellow card and was soon substituted with Perreira coming on.

Anthony Martial – 7/10

The Frenchman was without a doubt Manchester United’s most exciting player last night. He was a constant threat to Dante who had difficulty in handling him. He even created a great opportunity for Rooney who failed to convert.

Substitutes

Andreas Perreira – 6/10

He came on for Depay and was good on the ball. Further, he dropped back a number of times to help out the defence as United tried to see the game out.

Phil Jones – 6.5/10

The Englishman returned from injury and was solid at the back. Immediately after coming on, he intercepted a ball really well. His performance last night will go a long way in cementing his place in the side.

Ashley Young – 6.5/10

He played in the position of the right back and did his job to perfection. United had to defend a lot in the second half and Young helped out his teammates whenever needed.

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Published 01 Oct 2015, 10:46 IST
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