Its nearly been half a decade since Manchester United played a UEFA Champions League last 16 tie, and tonight was emphasized why this was the case. It was a mediocre performance from United throughout the game.
The Red Devils snatched a draw in Madrid as they drew 1-1 to Atlético Madrid. This game was never going to be blessed with attacking intrinsic despite the star-studded attaching players both teams possessed.
It was the early pressure of Atlético Madrid as the host break the deadlock early with a wonderfully placed header from João Félix and the game wasn’t a classics throughout but with 10 minutes to go it was United’s own embodiment of Fergie time in Anthony Elanga who capitalized on a tiring Atlético defense.
David de Gea – 6/10
It was the Spaniard homecoming to his boyhood club and it didn’t go as he would’ve hoped to plan. He faced little – only shot he faced, he conceded but its unfair to blame the goal down to him.
Victor Lindelof – 6/10
It was unusual to see the Swedish captain starting right-back as a player who primarly plays centre-back but after his attacking prowess was on full show on the weeked it was somewhat justifed tatically why he did. He was steady in the postion, limted in his attacking play but this was to be expected.
Raphaël Varane – 5/10
It wasn’t a vintage game for a player who will probably go down in Champions League history with the amount success hes enjoyed in this competition. Hes build up was left to be desired at times with the Spanish opostiion pinching the ball off the Frenchmen is some occasion
Harry Maguire – 5/10
Positionally was at fault in for the opener and seemed to be in a personal battle with Ángel Correa and on numerous occasions lost that. Few blocks here and there but nothing match-saving that would’ve resrecuted his mistake.
Luke Shaw – 5.5/10
The Englishmen went periods in the game offering very little going forward and was often targeted by Atlético Madrid.
Fred – 6/10
Fred had a mixed game, even though he recovered the ball well after it would be given away, it would occasionally be himself that would give the ball away and that summed up his game, putting out his own fires.
Paul Pogba – 5.5/10
The Frenchmen never seemed to start going, looking completely off the pace alongside his midfield partnership. On the ball he would look to make things happen but very little movement was ahead of him when he collected the ball and seemed to be picking it up in his own half.
Bruno Fernandes – 5/10
His overall game was poor today considering his standards and showed below par decision making on several occasions that would waste good attacking phases for United but he ultimately got the assist for Elanga that would get equalizer.
Marcus Rashford – 4/10
On occasiosn he would pick up the ball on the right and go past his man but then eventually lost it or make the worng descion as soon as he entred the final third. This was a game for Rashford to prove his worth to the team and unforutnaltey for him. he didnt do that and possibly effected his chances.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 4/10
To be fair to the Portuguese number 7, he didn’t receive many chances to haunt his bitter Madrid rivals but it was clear at a certain part of the game that he just wasn’t in the game; movement was subpar, lack of linkup between attacking players and didn’t help in United’s ball retention.
Jadon Sancho – 5/10
It was evident that Sancho suffered from the lack of cohesiveness in the Red Devils attacking play tonight. At times you could still see the quality he posses.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6/10
He came to on to give United more stability and a more natural presence out wide and that’s what he did.
Alex Telles – 6/10
Similarly to Wan-Bissaka, he came on for more energy and he added more desired attacking intent in attack that Shaw did not provide.
Anthony Elanga – 7/10
Elanga came on and immediately showed the much-needed energy. His movement in behind gave a new problem for the Spanish defenses to worry about and his equalizer was brilliantly taken.
Nemanja Matić – 6/10
As soon as the Serbian came on he added some control to the midfield and it was good see a plyuer who could bridge the much-needed gap between the defense and the midfield.
Jesse Lingard – N/A