• Sat. Oct 29th, 2022

Man United lost the Europa League final against Villarreal in a penalty shootout and here are how the players rated.

May 27, 2021

David de Gea
Let down by defenders as United conceded weakly to Gerard Moreno and had little else to do until the shootout. Did not get close to any of the penalties and missed his. 4
Aaron Wan-Bissaka
For all of the ball United had, their right-back disappointed too often with his crossing. Did little wrong defensively. 6
Victor Lindelof
Was fully aware of Moreno and barely put up a fight to thwart him for the goal. Blasted his penalty in, though. 6
Eric Bailly
Committed a clumsy foul early on. Not directly responsible for Moreno’s goal and generally solid. Predictably gave way in extra-time. 6
Luke Shaw
Blindsided by Moreno for the goal and admonished by Solskjaer for not staying high. Not at his usual high performance level. Penalty somehow squirmed in. 6
Scott McTominay
Shanked a shot when he should have hit the target but rallied to win the corner with some gutsy play and drove forward regularly. 7
Paul Pogba
Initially showed promise from deep but United would have been better off with Pogba further forward. Surprisingly made way in extra-time. 6
Mason Greenwood
Easily United’s best performer in the first-half and carried his form into the second-half. Energetic, ran incessantly yet somehow hooked first. 7
Bruno Fernandes
Said it all he clutched the ball hoping for a penalty to salvage his performance. Never really on it all night and just about converted penalty. 5
Marcus Rashford
Ran into defenders like a learner driver ploughing into cones. Contributed to the equaliser with his shot that bounced into Cavani’s path but this was a big game Rashford will want to forget. Somehow stayed on to take penalty and scored. 3
Edinson Cavani
Spurned a good opening at 0-0 but was in the right place at the right time to turn the rebound in and swing momentum United’s way. Stuck his penalty away, too. 7
Took penalty and converted nervelessly. 7
Daniel James
Came on to take penalty and scored. 7
Axel Tuanzebe
Took a great penalty. 7
Alex Telles
Brought on to take a penalty and scored. 7
Juan Mata
Brought on to take a penalty and scored. 7
Got it wrong in recalling Rashford and then lacked the bravery to substitute him – or make a substitution in the 90 minutes. Gutless to take Greenwood off. 4