Player Ratings: United 3-2 AS Roma

Sam Johnstone – It was nice to see the youngster get his chance, and he did well. Good distribution, punched the ball out well and made some routine saves. 6/10

Jonny Evans – The most senior defender in the United squad at the moment. He won the aerial battles and made life tough for the Roma attack. 6/10

Phil Jones – Rock solid. As always he wasn’t afraid to put his body on the line. 7/10

Tyler Blackett – Looked a little nervy early on, and the Roma attack were clearly targeting him as a weak spot. He’ll learn from it. 5/10

Antonio Valencia – Wasn’t afraid to bomb forward, but his passing in the final third often let him down. 5/10

Tom Cleverley – Made captain for the day which would’ve been a great honour for him. Kept it simple, but often gave the ball away in dangerous areas. 4/10

Ander Herrera – Controlled the midfield as the first-half went on and linked up nicely with Juan Mata. Could be a huge player for United this season. 7/10

Reece James – Provided the width going forward, but was a little slow in getting back meaning the space was there for Roma. 6/10

Juan Mata – Took his goal excellently. Played some nice passes into the feet of the forwards and combined well with Danny Welbeck which led to a United penalty. 8/10

Danny Welbeck – Pace, power and work-rate were on display once again from Welbeck. Did well to win the penalty just before half-time. 6/10

Wayne Rooney – Scored an absolute worldie to give United the lead from 25-yards out, then turned provider for Mata’s cheeky chip. Finished off an excellent days work by scoring from the spot. Man of the Match. 9/10

Subs:

Ben Amos – Looked shaky after conceding to Pjanic, but grew in confidence as time went on, and made some impressive stops. 6/10

Michael Keane – Unlucky to be penalised for the Roma penalty. Looked nervy as Roma loaded players into the penalty box. 5/10

Chris Smalling – Made some excellent tackles after coming on as a substitute. 8/10

Luke Shaw – Showed real pace as he bombed forward. Final ball lacked in quality. 5/10

Shinji Kagawa – Picked some nice passes, but the forwards couldn’t capitalise. 6/10

Nani – Besides a tame shot at the Roma keeper midway through the half, Nani didn’t do an awful lot. 5/10

Jesse Lingard – Didn’t get on the ball as often as he’d like, but made some nice runs when in possession. Hopefully we’ll see more from him in the coming games. 6/10

Ashley Young – When he came on the game passed him by, he didn’t see much possession and struggled to influence the attacking play. 4/10

Will Keane – Great to see the youngster get his chance. Held up play well and put pressure on the Roma defence. Bright future. 6/10

Javier Hernandez – Looked lively but didn’t really have time to make an impact. 6/10

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