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Man United player ratings as Real Sociedad win at Old Trafford

Manchester United’s Europa League campaign is off to the worst possible start after they lost their opening game at Old Trafford following a string of questionable decisions by the referee.

Real Sociedad claimed all three points in Manchester after converting a penalty in the second half but there are question marks over whether the referee, and the VAR team, should have overturned the on-pitch decision.

David Silva’s strike deflected off of Lisandro Martinez’s leg and onto his arm, which should not result in a penalty.

United failed in a late attempt to get back into the game, with La Real keeping possession for long spells to see out the 90 minutes.

Man United Player Ratings

David de Gea – 6
Barely had anything to do all game.

Diogo Dalot – 6
Withdrawn at half-time, possibly with a view to this weekend’s fixture. It’s still unclear whether that will go ahead.

Victor Lindelof – 5
Like most of United’s defenders, they had barely anything to do. Switched to right-back at half-time.

Harry Maguire – 5
His presence wasn’t that noticeable due to the nature of the game. Better than previous games.

Tyrell Malacia – 5
An injury to Shaw meant Malacia kept his place.

Casemiro – 5
Adds a calming influence to the team but you can tell he’s still getting used to his surroundings and a new system.

Christian Eriksen – 7
United’s best player again. Withdrawn at half-time and that’s understandable considering the workload.

Antony – 7
Definitely an improvement on the performance against Arsenal even if he didn’t score this time.

Fred – 4
Used in a more advanced role and badly struggled in the first half. Improved after the break in his usual defensive role. Ability on the ball left a lot to be desired.

Anthony Elanga – 5
Didn’t take on his full-back enough but was often isolated.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 4
Should have scored at least one goal. Body language was poor again.

Substitutions

Lisandro Martinez – 8
United’s best player this season and it’s not even close. Another fantastic performance. The penalty decision against him was ludicrous.

Bruno Fernandes – 5
Looked lively at first but as the game went on and Real Sociedad started dominating again, his influence wained.

Garnacho, Sancho, McNeill – N/A

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