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Player Ratings: Manchester United 6-2 AS Roma

The first leg of Manchester United‘s Europa League semi-final against AS Roma got off to a blinding start, with a brilliant team goal involving Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes, however this was quickly cancelled out after a rather harsh penalty was given for handball on Paul Pogba, and Lorenzo Pellegrini quickly equalised for the visitors. On the 34th minute, a great blindside run from Pellegrini proved vital for Roma as he set up Edin Dzeko to give Roma a lead at half time.

United then came out firing on all cylinders in the 2nd half, with two inside 20 minutes from Cavani, a penalty from Fernandes, a wonderful header from Pogba and a last minute goal from Mason Greenwood showed European football just how good the Red Devils can be when they are at their very best.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea – 6/10

A pretty average night for de Gea, and although he conceded two, there’s not much he could have done about either goal. Bar one wayward pass, he didn’t do that much wrong, but he didn’t do anything spectacular either.

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6/10

Tonight was another night that showed Wan-Bissaka’s growing confidence in the oppositions half, climaxing with his shot that forced a keeper’s error that led to Cavani’s second. However, he was actually a bit poor from the defensive perspective tonight, and was probably happy to see Spinazzola go off with injury in the 1st half. It could be argued that he should have spotted Pellegrini’s run for Roma’s second goal, however in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter that much.

Victor Lindelof – 6/10

Much like the whole team, Lindelof did not have the best of 1st halves. However his 87% passing accuracy shows that he did well to distribute the ball and retain possession, which greatly helped United maintain territory in the 2nd half.

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Harry Maguire – 6/10

Similar to Lindelof, Maguire did not have a great first half, however he worked well with the Swede to help keep the ball for United, and his 6 successful long balls showed his attacking intent in the 2nd half.

Luke Shaw – 7/10

Shaw had a fairly quiet night compared to his usual standards this season, but he did very well to help cover Pogba on the left, and his quite remarkable pass that created the chance for Cavani to win the penalty proved again why he has been one of the best fullbacks in the world this season.

Midfielders

Scott McTominay – 5/10

It was not a great night for McTominay. He was often caught chasing the ball in the first half, and in the 2nd half he did not contribute too much more compared to the rest of the players.

Fred – 6/10

Fred actually had an alright game this evening with 3 tackles and two interceptions, however this was greatly overshadowed by his lack of defensive awareness for Roma’s 2nd goal. He should have noticed and tracked the run of Pellegrini, but much like Wan-Bissaka, it does not mean too much considering the scoreline.

Bruno Fernandes – 10/10

Bruno started the game very well, scoring a lovely chipped finish. He didn’t do too much after that in the first half, but his display in the 2nd half was nothing short of excellent, setting up two goals and scoring his 12th penalty of the season. It has been a slightly underwhelming month from Fernandes, but tonight showed that class is always permanent.

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Forwards

Marcus Rashford – 5.5/10

Despite the scoreline, it was an uneventful night for Rashford, who was ineffecive on the right in the first half. He played much better on the left hand side in the second half, however he failed to impact the game on any real significant level.

Edinson Cavani – 10/10

Cavani was absolutely unplayable in the 2nd half, and with two goals and two assists (and also winning a penalty), he carried United back in to and through this game, and more than likely to the Europa League final. The menality he has brought to the side this season has been nothing short of excellent, especially when United are down.

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Paul Pogba – 9/10

Playing on the left once again, Paul Pogba was brilliant tonight. He was heavily involved in the first two goals, and scoring United’s 5th capped off what was a brilliant display from the Frenchman.

Substitutes

Mason Greenwood – 7/10

Greenwood has continued his brilliant 2021 form, scoring his 10th goal of the season and putting what was an incredible 2nd half to bed.

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Nemanja Matic – N/A

Matic came on to add some security to the side, however he did not do enough to get a rating.

Juan Mata – N/A

Coming on just after his 33rd birthday, Mata didn’t have an oppotunity to do anything.

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