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Player Ratings: Roma 3-2 Manchester United [AGG 5-8]

With Manchester United already having one foot in the final, coming of a 6-2 win at home in the first leg, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a relatively strong side, in order to assure there are no slip ups. It was not the best of starts, and overall game from United, with Roma dominating the early stages of the game, and had it not been for the brilliant David de Gea, it could have been a disastrous night for the away team. Goals from Edinson Cavani meant United were always had a firm lead in the aggregate score. Manchester United failed to win and build momentum, however got the job done at the end and qualified to the final for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, which will potentially boost the morale of the squad massively.

Goalkeeper:


David de Gea
– 9/10

The Spaniard had one of his best games this season, pulling off multiple outstanding saves throughout the whole game, with the best one being arguably in the first minutes of the game and the superb double save in the 50th minute mark of the second half. His positioning and reflexes were spot on, having been key to most of his saves. Not at fault for any of the goals conceded, although conceding three goals is the only reason for him not getting a full 10/10.


Defenders:

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6/10

Wan-Bissaka put in a pretty standard performance, having not letting Roma’s left-hand side get the better of him. Got a harsh yellow card for a sliding tackle on Bruno Peres in which he got the ball cleanly. Substituted at half time for Brandon Williams.

Eric Bailly – 6/10

Having come off signing a new contract, Bailly put in an alright performance, with not being at fault for any of the goals conceded. He got out of dangerous situations a few times with his rather neat footwork, and progressed the ball nicely out of defence for United.

Harry Maguire – 5/10

United’s skipper did not have the best of games, with him being dragged out of position easily for the first goal and could’ve done better to prevent the second goal from happening. Did play the ball out of defence nicely throughout the game, although defensively he did not grab control of the game with Roma creating multiple chances.

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Luke Shaw – 5.5/10

Having been one of United’s best player this season, Shaw was not his usual creative self and did not have the best 45 minutes, looking very sluggish and lethargic. Made a mistake in the early minutes of the game which Roma failed to capitalise on. Substituted at half time for Alex Telles.


Midfielders:

Paul Pogba – 5/10

Deployed in the pivot for today’s game, Pogba was clumsy and was not his usual brilliant self, often being careless with the ball. He lost the ball in dangerous areas and failed to imposed himself in the game. The game went by him tonight, and as a result was subbed off in the 60th minute for Nemanja Matic.

Fred – 5.5/10

Fred got a brilliant assist in the first half, having played a superb pass to Cavani to open the scoring for Manchester United. He was also the main culprit for the second goal that United conceded, having failed to dribble his way out of trouble, when he could’ve easily cleared the ball. Constantly pressed throughout the whole game to disrupt Roma’s attacks.

Bruno Fernandes 7/10

Bruno Fernandes had a hot and cold game, more towards the better side, having got a superb assist, and creating two brilliant chances, one for Cavani in the first half with a nice knuckle through ball, and the second one being a nice pass playing Greenwood on one on one. The negative aspect of his performance tonight was being unable to get on the scoresheet, having missed two chances he normally would have buried. A solid performance in total from Manchester United’s Portuguese Magnifico.

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Forwards:

Donny van de Beek 4.5/10

Having being given a rare start on the left wing, a position which van de Beek is not accustomed to, he did not make most out of his opportunity. He did not make himself available enough for the midfield, and with the ball, he often played poor passes. Mis controlled a easy pass from Telles in the second half inside Roma’s box, which if he controlled, could have easily resulted in a goal scoring opportunity. A night to forget for him.

Mason Greenwood 5.5/10

Playing on the right tonight, Mason Greenwood was a spectator in the first half, with him not being involved in the match that much. He had two chances to score, with both of them being something you would expect Mason to score, although he failed to convert them. He did make some nice runs, and grew into the game in the second half, having linked up well. Should have gotten on the scoresheet tonight.


Edinson Cavani – 8/10

The Uruguayan international continued his red-hot form having scored two fantastic goals tonight, who could have easily ended the night with four goals having missed two easy chances. His movement was on spot tonight as usual, with Roma’s defence being unable to pick it up. He was a proper focal point for United and made sure we had a firm lead throughout the fixture. Substituted in the 72nd minute for Marcus Rashford.

Substitutes:

Alex Telles 6/10

The Brazilian left-back got to play the second half, having being substituted for Shaw. He showed his strengths tonight, playing some nice dangerous crosses. Defensively, he did not have much to do, and was unlucky with getting the deflection which resulted in Roma’s third goal.

Brandon Williams 6/10

Getting some valuable minutes, Williams was substituted in the second half for Wan-Bissaka. He did not have much to do the entire game, although his energy and determination was a positive for Manchester United. Must have been relieved to finally get some minutes for the first team tonight.

Nemanja Matic 6/10

The experienced defensive midfielder came on in place of Pogba in the 60th minute, with being instructed to bring more solidity and calmness in Manchester United’s midfield. He did give United more control in the midfield compared to the first half. Also played two nice long passes, one of them resulting in a chance for Manchester United.

Marcus Rashford 6/10

Rashford came on in the 72nd minute in place for Cavani and was a threat for Roma’s right hand side of the defence. He made some nice runs and was an outlet for the midfield to play passes into. Looked lively.

Juan Mata N/A

The veteran playmaker came on in the 84th minute for Bruno Fernandes. Did not do much to warrant a rating, although it is nice as always to see him on the pitch.

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