Man Utd player ratings: Pogba and Herrera struggle; Ibra quiet

Date published: Thursday 9th March 2017 8:14

Manchester United got a precious away goal in Rostov, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their Europa League round of 16 first leg.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic fed Henrikh Mkhitaryan for a first-half opener, but the home side hit back thanks to a great control and finish from Aleksandr Bukharov, meaning it is all to play for at Old Trafford.

Who impressed for the Red Devils in difficult conditions? Who shouldn’t get a look in for the return leg?

 

Manchester United ratings

Sergio Romero: Might have been picked to protect De Gea on a worn out pitch, and dealt well despite the swirling winds. Couldn’t do anything about the goal, defence left him at sea. 7

Phil Jones: Left a big gap between himself and Smalling for the equaliser, but did play a nice out ball to Fellaini for the opener. 7

Chris Smalling: Was in the middle of the back three and must take some blame for the goal, but otherwise did a good job in testing conditions. 7

Marcos Rojo: Did look composed apart from a couple of clearances where he could have done better. Solid nonetheless in a back three. 7

Ashley Young: Covered a lot of ground but was surprisingly pinned back quite a bit. His width wasn’t exploited too well. 6

Paul Pogba: Clearly found the pitch too difficult for his style. Was almost completely ineffectual, though wasn’t alone in his struggles. 5

Ander Herrera: Again was the chief presser in the middle of the park, but found the surface tough for his precision passing. 6

Marouane Fellaini: Perhaps included to give United a bit of a plan B in terms of using ariel balls, and that worked wonders for the opening goal. 7

Marouane Fellaini: Tianjin Quanjian snub move

Daley Blind: Played on the left of a back five and like Young was pressed back considerably, offering nothing going forward but nothing for the opposition either. 7

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Scored a crucial away goal, and could have been mistaken for a striker despite playing in behind. 7

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Great set up for the opening goal, but faded into obscurity for the rest of the match. Perhaps rattled by recent media attention? 6

Substitutes

Anthony Martial (for Mkhitaryan, 67′): Added some pace for the counter but never had a big chance. 6

Antonio Valencia (for Blind, 90′): N/A

Michael Carrick (for Herrera, 90′): N/A

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