Manchester United suffered disappointment in their Champions League opener as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of PSV Eindhoven at the Philips Stadion in the Netherlands. A nightmare start to their Champions League campaign after a year of absence, United endured an early shock in the 15th minute as Luke Shaw was wheeled off the pitch after finding himself at the receiving end of a crunching tackle from PSV centre back Hector Moreno.
Though Memphis Depay scored on his return to his old club, Hector Moreno and Luciano Narsingh scored in either half to give PSV all three points. Here are our player ratings for the game.
Jeroen Zoet - 7
The 24-year-old Dutch custodian dealt with crosses and feeble long range efforts from United’s attacking contingent with confidence. He was forced to come into action on several occasions in the first half and was helpless in Memphis Depay’s spectacular first half strike.
Santiago Arias – 5
He struggled throughout the game against Memphis Depay and Ashley Young’s pace on the left flank and was shown a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Ashley Young.
Jeffrey Bruma – 7
Despite not being able to stop Memphis from scoring, the former Chelsea defender frustrated the United forwards and made strong tackles throughout the game to stop the Mancunians from taking anything away from the game.
Hector Moreno – 6
The Mexican’s continued presence on the pitch after that crunching tackle on Luke Shaw in the opening parts of the game is debatable. But Moreno’s header in the first half brought the scores level for PSV and he formed a good partnership with Bruma to keep United from scoring.
Joshua Brenet – 6.5
Brenet frustrated Ashley Young throughout the game with his clever positioning, forcing the former Villa man to switch wings in the second half. He made frequent runs down the left flank to assist Lestienne and created a few decent opportunities for Luciano Narsingh in the first half.
Jorrit Hendrix – 6
Given the big responsibility to keep Ander Herrera and Juan Mata at bay in his defensive midfield role, the 20-year-old Dutch U21 international did a fairly decent job and provided ample support to Bruma and Moreno to form a resilient PSV defence.
Davy Propper – 6.5
A summer recruit from Vitesse Arnhem, Propper did a proper job creating chances and freeing up space for Lestienne and Guardado to push PSV higher up the pitch. Up against United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, the 24-year-old did well not to get overwhelmed by the occasion.
Andres Guardado - 7
Guardado was instrumental in almost all of PSV’s attacks in the game. He looked dangerous with the ball throughout his time on the pitch and was involved in the buildup to Luciano Narsingh’s winner in the 57th minute. The former Valencia midfielder limped off the pitch with an injury in the 72nd minute.
Luciano Narsingh – 7.5
The Dutch international posed a constant threat to United’s defence and combined well with Guardado and Lestienne to give Louis van Gaal’s side a headache throughout the game. He also headed home PSV’s winner from a Lestienne cross in the 57th minute.
Maxime Lestienne – 7.5
PSV Eindhoven’s most potent attacking threat down the left flank, Lestienne’s frequent runs behind United’s backline caused plenty of problems for Louis van Gaal. The Belgian was involved in both of PSV’s goals. His corner in the first half found Moreno who equalised for PSV while his pin-point cross for Narsingh’s header gave PSV all three points.
Luuk de Jong – 5.5
It was an uncharacteristically quiet night for PSV’s talismanic striker. He did little to combine with Lestienne and Narsingh on either side of him and sometimes cut a forlorn figure up front.
Stijn Schaars: 6
The 31-year-old Dutch international came on for Andres Guardado in the 72nd minute and slotted deeper into the midfield rather than continue where the Mexican had left off. He did well to counter the threat from United’s midfield.
Jurgen Locadia – N/A