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Man United player ratings vs PSG: A tale of two Brazilians as United midfielder sees Red

Manchester United welcomed Paris-Saint Germain to Old Trafford this evening in the Champions League’s fifth group match of the new 2020-21 season.

United would have been hoping to secure qualification to the competition’s knockout rounds, but it wasn’t to be after a devastating 1-3 loss now means the Reds will head into next week’s match against RB Leipzig with it all to play for.

PSG attacker Neymar Jnr was arguably the game’s man of the match after bagging a brace and causing the Reds’ back-line problems all evening.

Elsewhere, the star attacker’s compatriot Fred endured a match to forget after being sent for a long-overdue early bath during the second-half.

In light of tonight’s exciting match, we have rated every United player who featured.

David De Gea

United’s number-one could definitely have done more to keep Neymar Jnr’s opener out but the Spaniard did go on to make a very good save after right-back Florenzi unleashed a rocket just moments later.

De Gea made a brilliant save mid-way through the second-half but was unable to keep Marquinhos’ effort out moments later.

Rating: 6/10

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Dealt with Neymar Jnr and Kylian Mbappe well during the first-half and offered a great deal of threat down the right during the second-half.

Came off in the 90th-minute for Odion Ighalo.

Rating: 7/10

Victor Lindelof

Lindelof didn’t do too badly defensively during the first-half but his best moments came during the second-half where the Swede was a constant source of starting United’s attacks.

Rating: 6/10

Harry Maguire

Commanded the back-line well and was very good in the air throughout, unfortunately though, neither of United’s centre-backs were able to do anything to prevent PSG grabbing their second.

United’s captain should have done more to put a halt to Neymar Jnr’s counter-attack during extra-time but a lazy half-hearted tackle meant the Brazilian had a free-run at the Reds’ back-line.

Rating: 5/10

Alex Telles

Poor defensively and offered very little going forward. I am yet to be convinced by United’s new left-back.

Rating: 4/10

Fred

Luckiest man on planet earth after a head-butt on Leandro Paredes looked a certain red card but resulted in just a yellow.

United’s Brazilian was finally served his just deserts mid-way through the second-half though. Arguably a weak yellow was brandished for a clean tackle, but the midfielder had a dire game all evening and should have been sent packing in the first-half. No complaints here.

Rating: 3/10

Scott McTominay

Not mobile enough in the middle of the park to deal with PSG’s early onslaught. Major questions over his inclusion, especially when Donny van de Beek enjoyed such an impressive full Premier League debut last weekend.

Rating: 5/10

Bruno Fernandes

Couldn’t get into the game during the first-half but did show glimpses of linking-up well with Marcus Rashford.

United’s number-18 continued his poor performance into the second-half and ultimately offered very little aside from a few decent moments of link-up play.

Rating: 5/10

Anthony Martial

Played a brilliant long-range ball over-the-top to Fernandes who was unable to finish it off but the Frenchman did miss arguably the chance of the game after firing a whipped ball in way over the bar from a couple of yards out.

The Frenchman had yet another poor game overall.

Rating: 4/10

Marcus Rashford

United’s best player during the first 45-minutes, bagged a scrappy deflected equaliser to make it 1-1, but it was nothing less than the Englishman deserved.

Continued to look bright and lively throughout the second-half but a shoulder injury resulted in the 23-year-old coming off for Paul Pogba with 15-minutes to go.

Rating: 8/10

Edinson Cavani

Offered very little during the first-half but came to life early in the second-half.

United’s South American found himself one-on-one with Navas but having now lost that extra yard of pace, Cavani opted to try an audacious chip which came within inches of sending the United faithful into a frenzy. Sadly though, it wasn’t to be.

Rating: 6/10

Subs:

Paul Pogba

Came on in the 74th-minute for Rashford.

Almost stole the headlines with a simply superb first time effort late on sadly though, the Frenchman was forced to watch his effort go agonisingly over the bar.

Rating: 6/10

Donny van de Beek

Subbed on for Cavani during the 79th-minute.

United’s versatile midfielder looked lively but ultimately wasn’t in the game long enough to fairly judge.

Rating: N/A

Mason Greenwood

Came on in place of Martial in the 79th-minute.

It would be unfair to judge the teenager when he had a little over 10-minutes of action.

Rating: N/A

Odion Ighalo

Came on in place of Wan-Bissaka in the 90th-minute.

Rating: N/A

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