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Player Ratings: Sheriff 0-2 Manchester United

Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo were on the scoresheet as Manchester United strode past Sheriff. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United get their first three points of the group stage with a straightforward victory in Moldova.

Jadon Sancho scored the first following some intricate play from United. Soon after, Cristiano Ronaldo opened his account for the campaign by slotting away a penalty kick.

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

Goalkeeper and defence

David de Gea: 6

The perfect game for a goalkeeper as De Gea had next to nothing to do. United’s tight-knit defence had a lot to do with De Gea’s untroubled 90 minutes.

Diogo Dalot: 7

Consistency is key during the early stages of United’s rebuild and nobody has embodied that more than Dalot. His willingness to break the lines with his runs in behind allowed him to win the penalty.

Raphael Varane: 7

A composed performance from the centre-back. While Sheriff had a number of breaks, they didn’t look like breaking down the defence while Varane was at the back. A solid showing from the Frenchman.

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Lisandro Martinez: 7

The thing that continues to impress about Martinez is his ability to pick a pass forward. Something we’ve seen in the past from United’s defence is a nervousness to take a risk with a ball forward. Martinez has transformed United’s defence.

Tyrell Malacia: 6

Malacia had a tougher game than his fellow defenders as he was called upon to engage with his attacker a lot more. He was able to seamlessly move to right back late in the second half.

Midfield

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Scott Mctominay: 9

In the 45 minutes, he played he was a man transformed. He showed energy and proactiveness to win the ball back quickly and begin transitions. Long May this form continue.

Christian Eriksen: 7

Not too dissimilar to Diogo Dalot, his performances will go under the radar as they’ve become so consistent. He’s added a calmness in possession, something United have lacked for many seasons prior.

Bruno Fernandes: 6

Found himself on the ball a number of times but his impact on the game was less obvious.

Attack

Jadon Sancho: 7

On a day where many will feel Jadon Sancho was wrongly left out of the England squad, he was sensational. His moments in the game were sporadic but he was United’s most dangerous forward.

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Cristiano Ronaldo: 6

In possession, especially early on, Ronaldo let the side down with futile flicks and passes. However, his penalty was well taken.

Antony: 6

Antony struggled to impact the game at times

Substitutes

Casemiro: 6

Replaced Mctominay, but didn’t hit similar heights in terms of performance. However, Casemiro showed an improvement from his previous game.

Luke Shaw: 6

Anthony Elanga: 6

Harry Maguire: n/a

Alejandro Garnacho: n/a


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