Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-1 FC Barcelona

De Gea – 9
The stopper was nothing short of his typical brilliance throughout the match, offering a reminder of how much of a blow it’ll be if he joins Madrid.

Darmian – 7.5
Tactically astute. Got forward and created well. Defended with physicality and intelligence. Not bad for a “2nd choice” right back.
Jones – 7
United’s rock at the back. Dealt with Suarez with a surprising amount of success and tenacity. Despite his clumsy demeanor, he’s beginning to emerge as the best centre back at the club.
Blind – 6.5
Looked good more often than not, but made some very poor positional errors at times. A good utility option, who may well develop into a good centre back with time, but as of now, United need more quality back there.
Shaw – 7
Defended with tenacity. Got forward well. Retained possession of the ball intelligently. A very solid and encouraging performance, which suggests the stage is set for him to justify his price tag after a less than impressive first season.
Schneiderlin – 6
Didn’t stand out in a good or a bad way. Kept the ball well but didn’t do much of note.
Carrick – 6
Similarly to Schneiderlin, had a very non-distinct performance. Whilst still a very good player, he’s likely to miss out once Schweinsteiger returns.
Depay – 7
Impressive once again. None of United’s central players had much space and time as they were closed down very quickly, but Depay managed to consistently create when in possession. The new man continues to impress, not only with his skill, but with his intelligence.
Mata – 7
Like Depay, he didn’t set the world alight but had a good game. He was very astute in possession, as per usual, and picked out some great passes. Whilst a lack of pace continues to hamper him, he looks a class above most and seems to have finally secured a regular spot in the first team.
Young – 6
Non-distinct but solid. Whipped in a nice corner for the first goal. Young is the consistent choice, but I’d like to see the more exciting Perreria or Januzaj in the right wing spot come the Tottenham match.
Rooney – 7
Took his goal very well. Typically good link up play and movement off the ball. Would’ve had more influence had United possessed more of the ball.
Second XI
Johnstone – 5.5
Did everything he was supposed to and didn’t have the chance to do much more. Couldn’t do much about the goal. Though, his distribution could’ve been better. Would like to see him handed the number two shirt this season. He’s raw but has bags of potential as he displayed in the Club America match.
Valencia – 5
Typical Valencia performance. Defended poorly at times and well at others. Too cautious when going forward. Doesn’t offer nearly as much as Darmian on either side of the ball.
Smalling – 6
Fairly solid. Did well in the air and positioned himself well. Doesn’t look as confident in possession as he did last year.
McNair – 6
Fairly solid. Not much to note. Usually brilliant at dribbling into the midfield and kick-starting moves, but he gave it away trying it a couple times.
Blackett – 6
Assisted Lingard’s goal very well but he was exposed more than he would’ve liked down the left flank by Barcelona’s attack. A player with a lot of potential but clearly a centre back and not a left back.
Fellaini – 5
Looks out of place in a Van Gaal team that have the ability to play on the ground. A brilliant target man, but certainly the odd man out on that pitch. Can’t see him as much more than an 80th minute long ball option this season.
Herrera – 6 
Kept play ticking over well. Didn’t do anything special; didn’t do anything wrong. Hopefully still gets on the pitch this season considering the midfield new boys.
Perreria – 7.5 
Another impressive performance from the Brazilian. Sent Barcelona’s midfielders the wrong way on multiple occasions with his tricky dribbling and their defenders the wrong way with his penetrative passing.
Lingard – 7.5
Took his goal very well and assisted Januzaj’s goal well. Didn’t have much further influence on the play, but a goal and an assist in 30 minutes against Barcelona isn’t bad.
Wilson – 7
Looked dangerous in his newfound wide spot. Lovely stutter and pass to release Blackett in the build up for the 2ng goal. Linked up with Januzaj and Perreria very well. Proving to LVG he can play out wide has to help his chances to get on the pitch more and begin to capitalize on his potential.
Januzaj – 8.5
The boy wonder was hugely impressive in the striker spot. The turn and finish for his goal were exquisite. His build up play was excellent, almost reminiscent of RVP in his prime. Held the defender off and the ball up like a number 9; created for his teammates like a number 10. Pace, dribbling, finishing, and an ability to hold the ball up and create. Hopefully in for a very big season, the Belgian has propelled himself up the squad rankings as he now looks like United’s second best striker.

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