Player Ratings: Matic shines as Mkhitaryan struggles in Man United’s 1-0 victory over SL Benfica

David de Gea – Was untested for the most part. Had to make a couple of standard saves, but nothing out of the ordinary. 6/10

Antonio Valencia – Grew into the game. Buccaneered up and down the right-hand flank in typical Tony V fashion. 6/10

Chris Smalling – Put his head on absolutely everything. He played well. 7/10

Victor Lindelof – Probably the best game that Lindelof has played in Manchester United colours. Cool, calm and composed. 7/10

Daley Blind – Positionally, he struggled. He’s just not quick enough to play as a left-back on a regular basis. 4/10

Nemanja Matic – Controlled the middle of the park single-handedly. Won tackles, got his team moving in the right direction and became the heartbeat of our team. 7/10

Ander Herrera – Not bad on the whole, but he gave the ball away far too often. 5/10

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Awful. After making a stunning start to the season, he’s dropped off the pace massively in recent weeks. 2/10

Juan Mata – His interplay is breathtaking at times. He makes United tick. 6/10

Marcus Rashford – Made a slow start, but was the main threat in the second-half until going off with an injury. He scored the all-important goal, with a bit of help from the opposing goalkeeper. 7/10

Romelu Lukaku – Was isolated through no fault of his own. Wasn’t given any clear-cut opportunities to show his goalscoring prowess. 5/10

Subs:

Anthony Martial – Threatened from the off.

Jesse Lingard – Made some nice runs.

Scott McTominay – Not enough time to mark.

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