Manchester United player ratings v Zorya: Attacker is 9/10
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider rates the Manchester United players after their 2-0 victory against Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk sealed their place in the Europa League knockout rounds.
Sergio Romero 7 – The second-choice United goalkeeper enjoyed a fairly quiet night, but stayed alert and made a couple of smart saves when needed.
Ashley Young 6 – The right-back had lots of space all evening to get forward and played more like a winger. Delivered some decent crosses and supported well.
Eric Bailly 7 – Was solid on his return from injury and Jose Mourinho will be pleased to have the centre-back fit again, but he will be departing for the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
Marcos Rojo 6 – The defender looked assured alongside Bailly and has been impressive in recent weeks.
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Daley Blind 6 – The full-back supported the attack well during the game and slotted in well to the starting XI.
Ander Herrera 7 – The combative midfielder broke up play extremely well and is an important member of the team.
Paul Pogba 7 – The Frenchman enjoyed tons of possession and demonstrated his immense range of passing, with a fantastic assist for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal.
Juan Mata 6 – The Spaniard showed glimpses of his quality with his left foot, but struggled to get through a stubborn defence.
Wayne Rooney 6 – The captain is still just one goal short of Sir Bobby Charlton’s United goalscoring record and was substituted off after an average game.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 9 – Scored his first goal United goal in some style with a dazzling individual run. He burst into the opposition half and nutmegs a defender, before cooly slotting past the goalkeeper. United’s most threatening player on the night.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 8 – The striker lead the line well again for United with his physical presence and got a deserved goal on the counter attack late on with a composed finish.
Jesse Lingard (for Juan Mata 65mins) 6
Marouane Fellaini (for Wayne Rooney 75mins) 6
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (for Henrikh Mkhitaryan 85mins) 6
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