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Player Ratings | Norwich City vs Manchester United 1-2 AET | FA Cup Quarter Final

Sergio Romero: 6

The Argentinian had next to nothing throughout the whole 120 minutes. However when called upon from a Todd Cantwell long range shot, I felt he should’ve done a lot better.

Defence

Diogo Dalot: 5

I was personally excited to see Dalot back in the side after a while. He did some good things going forward with his quick footwork. Defensively however, we were left wanting more. He seemed to be M.I.A as Jamal Lewis and Cantwell exploited his wing. He was rightfully replaced after halftime.

Eric Bailly: 6

Bailly was another we all looked forward to seeing as the position next to Maguire seems to be up for grabs going forward. Did Bailly seize the opportunity, not necessarily. He looked shaky. Which could be down to the lockdown rust.

Harry Maguire: 7.5

In times of adversity , you need your captain to step forward. And Maguire did that literally with a poachers finish to take us into the Semi Final of the FA Cup. His all round game was steady also, keeping Pukki quiet while the striker was on the pitch.

Luke Shaw: 6

A suprise inclusion for many with Brandon Williams starting on the bench. The left back was simply average. In terms of going forward he seems to play with a fear of getting beyond his full back. The one time he did, lo and behold, he created the opportunity that saw Ighalo score the opener.

Midfield

Scott McTominay: 5

Another below par outing from the Scotsman. He was all energy as per but seemed to lack the quality he showed pre lockdown. His lack of attacking intent saw us create very little in the first half.

Fred: 6

Fred also looked quite average. A similar performance to that in north London against Tottenham. He did some things right but his inability to find accurate passes showed.

Bruno Fernandes: 6.5

On the face of it, Bruno didn’t have a ‘vintage Bruno’ performance that we’ve come to appreciate from him. However, everything that was positive in a lackluster performance came from Fernandes. The Klose red card was possible due to his genius and in the first half his passes were penetrating, which we needed. Shooting accuracy perhaps needs improvement.

Attack

Jesse Lingard: 5

I feel we are coming to an unfortunate end of Lingard’s Manchester United career. He just doesn’t seem to be getting the rub of the green in terms of his ball control and passes forward. Again, like McTominay, a lot of effort very little quality.

Juan Mata: 4

Perhaps one of his poorest performances from Juan Mata I’ve seen. The game simply passed him by, he didn’t get involved and when he did just didn’t impact the game. Disappointing from Juan Mata.

Odion Ighalo: 7

Ighalo is an out and out centre forward. His link up play was everything good about Manchester United today. And his opening goal was a well taken improvised finish, which put us in a good position in the overall tie.

Substitutes

Marcus Rashford: 5

Poor. He came on and we hoped for some inspiration to wrap up the result but he didn’t get into it. I hope he finds his form quickly.

Mason Greenwood: 6

Mason Greenwood looked bright as per usual. His signature move, step over, step over l, touch out of feet and shoot almost worked again tonight with a ferocious shot that was wondering if the far post. However overall, didn’t impact the game.

Brandon Williams: 6.5

For the last ditch tackle alone in extra time, Williams deserves plaudits. Other than that didn’t have a whole lot to do.

Paul Pogba: 6.5

Paul Pogba was one that did really impact the game when he came on. He created when he came on, something we lacked without him. His cute reverse pass that ultimately led to the goal was sensational. Another good showing.

Nemanja Matic: 6

Nemanja Matic came on and provided stability, something he continues to do. Definitely someone we can and do rely on.

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