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Villarreal 0-2 Man Utd: Player ratings as Red Devils reach Champions League last 16

Michael Carrick’s first recreation in caretaker cost of Manchester United resulted in a 2-0 win over Villarreal.

That victory secured the Red Devils’ passage to the knockout stage of the Champions League and so they want only a level at dwelling to Young Boys on the ultimate matchday to seal high spot.

(*16*)Kick off was delayed as the batteries on referee Felix Brych’s headset had died, and after the sport lastly started, Scott McTominay headed Alex Telles’ free-kick into the side-netting as United began on the entrance foot.

David de Gea was readily available to push away Moi Gomez’s effort from distance on the different finish earlier than Yeremi Pino evaded Alex Telles and fired simply extensive from a good angle.

Pino continued to trigger the Brazil worldwide issues, by some means outmuscling him and teeing up Dani Parejo, however De Gea was equal to his stinging effort.

Telles lastly discovered some freedom going ahead and picked out Cristiano Ronaldo with an excellent whipped cross, although the Portuguese’s header was tame and simply handled by Geronimo Rulli.

United’s first actual half-chance to take the lead got here simply after half-time when Fred was picked out by Jadon Sancho on the sting of the Villarreal space, however his shot did not hassle Rulli.

De Gea once more got here to United’s rescue when he produced a fantastic response save to maintain out Manu Trigueros’ bouncing shot, whereas Arnaut Danjuma’s strike went excessive quickly after.

Carrick threw on Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes seeking an opener, and the Portuguese was very practically the supplier when he set by way of Sancho, however Rulli stood tall within the Villarreal aim.

And as soon as once more, Ronaldo got here to United’s rescue after Fred received the ball excessive up the pitch from a free-kick, and the star ahead lobbed it over Rulli to provide United a late lead.

Ronaldo practically grabbed a brace when he obtained onto the tip of Juan Foyth’s weak header again to the goalkeeper however his toe poke was simply astray, and Rashford had a low strike pushed behind by Rulli.

Sancho sealed United’s victory with an emphatic end into the highest of the online on the counterattack as stoppage time approached.

Here’s how the away gamers rated…

De Gea saved United once more, shock / Aitor Alcalde/GettyImages

David de Gea (GK) – 8/10 – Dealt with no matter was thrown his means, as has been the case for many of this season.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 6/10 – Looked like Bambi on ice at any time when on the ball however was no less than sturdy on the again as the clock ran down.

Victor Lindelof (CB) – 7/10 – Was respectable, however was a busy man as a result of lack of assist in entrance of him.

Harry Maguire (CB) – 6/10 – Much higher than he was within the loss at Watford however he was despatched off there so the bar wasn’t that top.

Alex Telles (LB) – 4/10 – Pino had pleasure out extensive while not having to get out of first gear due to Telles’ ineptitude.

McTominay was abysmal / Eric Alonso/GettyImages

Scott McTominay (CM) – 3/10 – Clumsy off the ball and on it. Dani Parejo and Etienne Capoue squashed him.

Fred (CM) – 7/10 – Endured a combative recreation in midfield and needed to do most of McTominay’s work for him.

Donny van de Beek (AM) – 4/10 – Hardly even observed he was taking part in. Wasted an enormous probability to impress on a uncommon begin.

Ronaldo got here to United’s rescue as soon as once more / Aitor Alcalde/GettyImages

Jadon Sancho (RW) – 7/10 – Probably his greatest recreation in a United shirt, which is not saying a lot. Had a couple of respectable dribbles and touches however his lack of tempo is discerning. Excellent end, thoughts.

Cristiano Ronaldo (CF) – 7/10 – Was dreadful for a lot of the sport and but nonetheless bagged the winner as per.

Anthony Martial (LW) – 3/10 – Played as if he had vertigo. All over the place positionally and could not preserve management of the ball.

Bruno Fernandes (AM, 66′, for Van de Beek) – 8/10 – Made United’s greatest probability of the sport inside 5 minutes of his introduction.

Marcus Rashford (LW, 66′ for Martial) – 6/10 – Like Fernandes, his power helped United rise up the pitch and really threaten Villarreal.

Nemanja Matic (CM, 90′ for Ronaldo) – N/A

Juan Mata (RW, 90′ for Sancho) – N/A

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