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Player Ratings: Young Boys 2-1 Manchester United

Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba consoles Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United begin their Champions League campaign with a defeat despite taking an early lead. Cristiano Ronaldo’s early goal crossed beautifully by Bruno Fernandes was all United could muster going forward. The Reds’ efforts weren’t helped by Aaron Wan Bissaka’s recklessness which left United battling in Bern with 10 men. The second half can best be described as “attack v defence” as United’s almost admirable defensive display failed to bear fruits with Young Boys hitting once then scoring the winner in injury time set up by a Jesse Lingard hospital pass.

David De Gea: 5 

De Gea had a tough job on his hands today. In all fairness, he couldn’t have done much about either of the two goals. 

Defence

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 1 

Wan-Bissaka’s reckless red card essentially cost United the game today. The flow of the match completely changed in Young Boy’s favour after the sending-off. Prior to this, Manchester United were fairly dominant. Very Frustrating. 

Harry Maguire: 4 

Maguire did a good job as part of Manchester United’s defensive line today, for the most part. However, as captain of the losing side, he deserves a lower rating. Despite this, neither goal appeared to be a result of an individual error from Maguire. 

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Victor Lindelof: 4 

Similarly, although Lindelof didn’t really do much wrong, he still conceding two goals as a part of United’s defensive unit. 

Luke Shaw: 5 

Shaw played relatively well today. It should be said he possibly could’ve done better during the lead-up to the first Young Boys goal, however, he did well to negate the majority of the opposition’s attacking threat down the wing for most of the game. 

Midfield

Fred: 5 

Fred put in a shift today. Neither goal was a fault of his, and he worked tirelessly to disrupt the Young Boy’s midfield considering United were a man down for the majority of the game. 

Donny Van De Beek: 5 

Donny was unlucky today. He did relatively well up until being taken off at the half-time interval. However, Ole’s decision to take Van De Beek off was understandable given the red card- The Red’s needed to bring Dalot on in order to fill in at full-back. 

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Bruno Fernandes: 6 

Bruno’s assist to Ronaldo was fantastic- the vision, weight of pass, and accuracy. However, after the red card, United’s attacking influence massively decreased as they sat back- this did Bruno no favours as he had little impact on the game from this point onwards. 

Attacking

Paul Pogba: 4 

Pogba was unable to exert any influence over the midfield today. Additionally, he seemed slightly off the pace in possession, losing the ball on a few occasions. 

Jadon Sancho: 5 

Sancho looked bright at the start of the game. However, unfortunately for him, he was forced to be substituted during the first half due to Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card, limiting his influence on the game. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo: 7 

Ronaldo scored United’s only goal of the game, which was a high-quality finish after a darting run into the box. He was one of the only bright sparks amongst this United performance today. 

Substitutes

Anthony Martial: 5 

Martial came on as a substitute very late in the game. For this reason, he was unable to make his mark and did very little. 

Raphael Varane: 4 

Varane looked very solid for the majority of the second half, when he came on. However, it could be said he could’ve done better with the first goal that United conceded. 

Jesse Lingard: 2 

Jesse Lingard’s poor back pass in the last minute of the game essentially cost Manchester United a point. Very poor. 

Diogo Dalot: 4 

Dalot seemed to do okay as a replacement for Wan-Bissaka. However, he didn’t provide much of an attacking threat for United. 

Nemanja Matic: 4 

Matic didn’t do much wrong, but did nothing of note within the last twenty minutes of the game, once he was brought on. 

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