Manchester United safely progressed into the Europa League final four, though it was tougher than many anticipated. Still, several Red Devils impressed, with five faces included in the Europa League Team of the Quarter-Finals.
It comes from the excellent WhoScored, and with four matches to choose from, it’s the United stars who dominated this best XI. There’s also a spot in the side for Copenhagen keeper, Karl-Johan Johnsson, who had the game of his life in Cologne on Monday evening.
The highest-rating of the week actually went to Shakhtar’s Taison. He scored a mightily impressive 8.88 on the WhoScored metrics, with his teammate, Junior Moraes, coming in second with an 8.55.
Although there was no real standout performances for United against Copenhagen, it was an absolute team effort. That’s reflected nicely by WhoScored as you can see below.
Check out WhoScored’s Europa League Team of the Quarter-Finals in full here:
Let’s start with skipper, Harry Maguire. The Englishman hardly put a foot wrong defensively during 120 minutes, while setting the tone and leading by example throughout.
I’d also like to give him some credit for his excellent range of passing that was on full display. The fans certainly loved it, that’s for sure. He deserves his 7.52 rating and inclusion in this side.
Brandon Williams continued at left-back in place of the injured Luke Shaw and performed well. He’s a fighter, a battler, a scrapper, something this United side needs more of.
There were times when he looked a little flustered going forward, but don’t forget he’s a natural right-footer which can make it difficult. That said, it was an accomplished performance from a player who continues to improve.
Paul Pogba had a quietly-great game, scoring a 7.81 on WhoScored. He controlled the midfield, was spraying passes all over the show and looked to get forward where possible. It was a real mature performance from our Frenchman, in a game he had to fight for every second of.
Bruno Fernandes stepped up and slotted home the spot-kick when it mattered most. There were times when he struggled with his concentration, but he still did the business and scored the only goal of the game. Again, he was the creative force in midfield – despite looking absolutely shattered as United went into extra-time.
Anthony Martial was the star of the show. We’re reliably informed he didn’t misplace a single pass in 120 minutes, while some of those solo runs he made into the box were just incredible.
On another day, he’d be walking home with the match-ball after scoring three, though his finishing was slightly off. I expect him to put that right against Sevilla.