The lineup selected highlighted that Manchester United lack of depth in certain areas, while have an overload in others – something Ralf Rangnick will be eager to correct. However unbalanced our lineup was, the manager didn’t allow that to deter him from his main objective – protecting the key members of the squad during an incredibly congested fixture list.
Old Trafford got to witness two incredible goals on the night, unfortunately the second meaning the home team shared a point with the visitors. Overall, the game should be viewed as a success. Certain players made an argument to be more regularly included in the first team, others were given game time in an iconic competition, and it appears we have escaped the night fairly healthy, pending an update from Wan-Bissaka.
Dean Henderson – 7/10
You could see the difference between United’s options between the sticks. With a very young and offensively minded lineup, defensive security was lacking, yet Dean Henderson showed what he can do to sniff out the danger.
His ability to quickly come out and intercept passes on numerous was quite noticeable and refreshing. There was nothing Dean, nor any other keeper, could have done for the goal United conceded. Credit to attacker for a fantastic strike.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 3/10
Not the performance we were hoping to see. Poor in and out of possession and started the issues that lead to the equalizer shortly before half. The fullback failed to deliver any real threats into the opposition box and failed to protect his own to the degree you’d expect against this level of opposition.
Our last sight of the defender was him still down off the pitch injured. Hopefully its nothing serious and he can redeem this performance soon.
Eric Bailly – 6.5/10
He’s never dull, is he? In a typical Eric Bailly performance, we got to see tricks and flicks deep in his own half, sprinting across the field to stop counter attacks , and a few moments where concentration appeared to be lost. On a night where there was a lot of ground to cover, Eric Bailly did well.
Nemanja Matic – 4/10
Uncharacteristically poor passing in the first half led to some great chances for the opposition, including a ball fired into Donny from short range, which was then turned over and saw the game tied up. The second half wasn’t much better. United’s captain on the night was fortunate not to be punished for multiple careless errors in the second half.
Luke Shaw– 6.5/10
Shaw was not as active in the buildup as we are used to, but provided some very dangerous balls into the box, most notably the assist to Mason Greenwood.
Donny Van de Beek – 6/10
Tonight, Donny was tasked with a being the most defensive midfielder. Largely at fault for the goal conceded might overshadow what I would consider an encourage performance from a deeper role.
Donny was tasked with a job in this team that many would struggle with given the surroundings, but did show an increased amount of positional discipline, something that I have previously questioned.
Juan Mata – 5/10
Juan wasn’t his usual tidy self. Granted, he was playing in a different role and in a team that lacked familiarity and several players in new roles, but it not much seemed to come off for the Spanish midfielder tonight. The second half was a bit of an improvement, but I’d still be hoping for more from a player with his technical ability.
Jesse Lingard – 5/10
Jesse brought energy, but that about where it ends. He struggled to link the attack and defense and failed to threaten the goal whenever an opportunity was presented.
Anthony Elanga – 6/10
A relatively quiet night. He got into some really good scoring positions but lacked the finishing touches tonight. Once Amad was removed and Mason was shifted to the wing, Elanga became isolated up top and understandably struggled.
Mason Greenwood – 7.5/10
Nine minutes into the game, Mason Greenwood opened the scoring with a goal fit for the Theatre of Dreams. Mason was unfortunate to end the first half with an assist after beating his man and providing a perfect pass to Juan Mata right in front of goal. Almost every threat on the opposition goal was due in part to Mason. Comfortably my MOTM.
Amad Diallo – 7/10
Amad looked a bit rusty to start, but showed glimpses of what he offers from an early stage. Even with the slow start, his confidence was ever present. As the game grew on, Amad continued to give United supporters more and more to get excited about.
There were several carries forward which shifted territory and a very notable ball over the opposition defenders while showcased the talent of the young winger. Amad was the best player for United in the second half before being substituted.
Teden Mengi – 6/10
The young defender highlighted his speed almost immediately, but struggled to mark and remain aware of where attackers were. Once settled into the game and in his wider-than-usual role, Mengi looked quite good.
Shola Shoretire – 5.5/10
Not much of note, however, whenever Shola was able to receive the ball, his options were quite limited.
Tom Heaton – N/A
Charlie Savage – N/A
Zidane Iqbal – N/A