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Player Ratings: Manchester United vs RB Leipzig

Manchester United vs RB Leipzig 5-0 | Champions League | Player Ratings

David De Gea: 7

A second successive clean sheet for David de Gea. Manchester United’s defensive performance may have been overshadowed by our attacking output but it was brilliant. It meant that again, barring one point blank save, De Gea had very little to do.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 7

Champions league football really does seem to suit Aaron Wan Bissaka. Only his second game ever in the competition and you’d think he’d been playing in it for years. Defensively, he kept a lot under control, Angeliño for RB Leipzig did nothing, and that was down to him.

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Victor Lindelof: 7

Lindelof put in a similar performance to the Chelsea game. He was defensively assured but he also helped going forward. At times his marauding runs forward relieved the pressure on us which was important under the Leipzig press. Another good showing from the Iceman.

Harry Maguire: 7

For a Champions League debut, that wasn’t bad was it? A clean sheet, and a solid defensive performance. Of all our players, Maguire needed this sort of performance, a low-key untroubled performance, definitely something he can build on.

Luke Shaw: 7

Shaw’s performance was a mixed bag but overall a good game. He put in some good crosses, something we rarely see from him and defensively as the rest of the back four managed, did his job. No Luke Shaw “hating” from me today

Midfield

Nemanja Matic: 8

Returning to the team after not starting for a little while, Matic was excellent. His impact on this Manchester United team can be seen through how defensively secure we were. The Serb, along with Fred played an integral part in recycling possession, which allowed the forward players to express themselves.

Fred: 8.5

Fred’s strengths do not lie in his distribution of the ball but in his energy and coverage of the field. His athleticism allows him to get into positions to intercept, win the ball back and press. He showed everyone what he can do today.

Paul Pogba: 7

Like Matic, Pogba’s usage in the team has been a sporadic one for the past 3 games. However, today he got his start and showed signs he’s returning to form. He got the assist early on for Greenwood’s opener and some of his link up with Martial and Van de Beek was a delight to see. I hope to see more of this Paul Pogba.

Donny van de Beek: 7

The player many fans have been calling to see did not disappoint. In fact, he showed exactly what he has been showing in the short cameos he has had. The Dutchman’s ball retention is up there with the best I’ve seen, so effortlessly efficient with the ball at his feet. He was advanced and the likes of Pogba could play balls into him and his intelligence would just create something. I hope that wasn’t one of a few rare starts for Van de Beek.

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Attack

Mason Greenwood: 7

Another one that was back in the team today after a spell out of the starting 11 for a supposed “injury” as his manager claims. Mason Greenwood was the same old Mason, his first ever shot in Champions League football resulted in a goal – sums him as a player up perfectly.

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Anthony Martial: 7

Martial had a decent game, when in possession he was really good really sharp, playing one twos with those around him but I don’t think much was asked of him off the ball. He really came alive when Rashford came on when he got an assist for Rashford’s third and won a penalty.

Substitutes

Marcus Rashford: 10

10/10 for Marcus Rashford off the field but now even more so on it. In the 30 minutes he played, he managed his first hattrick and even kindly donated a penalty to Anthony Martial. A stellar ruthless showing and despite being a substitute, he’s my man of the match. The old hungry Rashford is back, ironically…

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Bruno Fernandes: 7

Edinson Cavani: 6

Scott McTominay: 7

Axel Tuanzebe: n/a

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