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Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-1 Real Sociedad

Manchester United lose their opening Europa League fixture following a dubious penalty decision. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

A controversial penalty decision leaves Manchester United playing catch-up in Group E after losing to Real Sociedad at Old Trafford.

United began the game in control, with David de Gea virtually untested. After the break, following a double change that saw Christian Eriksen and Diogo Dalot replaced by Bruno Fernandes and Lisandro Martinez, United ceased control of proceedings leaving them vulnerable to Sociedad’s growing pressure.

David Silva’s strike ricocheted off Martinez’s knee before striking his hand. Following a penalty decision and yellow card, Brais Mendez slotted the ball past De Gea. United failed to reply.

Here’s how each player performed along with a rating out of 10:

Goalkeeper and defence

David de Gea: 6

An almost untroubled 90 minutes for United’s no.1. De Gea spent the game comfortably being a spare man for his defence to play to when under pressure. He was only beaten by the penalty.

Diogo Dalot: 6

The right-back was substituted at halftime but continued to show the intensity he’s impressively displayed so far this season.

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Harry Maguire: 6

The captain was back in the lineup with a point to prove but the loss will not have helped his cause. His performance was reminiscent of some of the lacklustre football United would have hoped to move away from but individually he didn’t put a foot wrong.

Victor Lindelof: 4

A steady start to proceedings for Lindelof however after being moved to right-back in the second half he looked worryingly off the pace.

Tyrell Malacia: 6

Malacia showed his typical enthusiasm but probably just lacked the quality in when he joined attacks.

Midfield

Casemiro: 4

A first start for Casemiro this season and it definitely showed. The midfielder failed to keep up with the game.

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Eriksen: 7

Despite only featuring in the first half, Eriksen was United’s best player on the night. The Dane being replaced at halftime and United losing any control of the game further reflects his importance.

Fred: 4

Fred had the role of the most advanced midfielder. It was a role that he didn’t fulfil, he lacked the cuteness to keep the ball and create chances.

Attack

Anthony Elanga: 5

Elanga’s pace put him in some dangerous positions but he was unable to capitalise on the given situations.

Cristiano Ronaldo: 4

For the few attacking opportunities we did create, the majority fell to Ronaldo who failed to convert. The No.7 is showed real signs of rust.

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Antony: 5

Barring the first 15 minutes, the £85m man failed to mount a significant impact in the game.

Substitutes

Bruno Fernandes: 5

Failed to influence the game in any real capacity.

Lisandro Martinez: 6

Martinez was unlucky to have played a part in the goal that sealed United’s fate as his contributions after being introduced were positive. A number of good blocks and clearances prior to the dubious penalty decision.

Jadon Sancho: 3

Alejandro Garnacho: 5

Charlie McNeill: n/a

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