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Wolfsburg 3-2 Manchester United: Player Ratings

Player ratings for Manchester United's players after their 3-2 loss in the Champions League to Wolfsburg.

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David de Gea 6

De Gea could do little with the three goals conceded, and pulled off a couple of competent stops at important times. You have to feel sorry for him, going from a terrible clown like Louis van Gaal to, possibly, a terrible clown like Rafael Benitez.

Guillermo Varela 6

Given it was his first start for United, he played well enough. He's third or fourth choice right-back, and performed admirably within those parameters. He was obviously inexperienced though, and given the lack of protection afforded to him, and the makeshift defence around him, it is more encouraging than worrying.

Matteo Darmian 5

He's a competent defender, and a poor attacking full-back, especially when he's playing on the wrong side of the defence. Still, this is only his first season in the side, and the manager is awful. Maybe next season.

Chris Smalling 6

Made an error in marking for the first equaliser, but United were swamped as Marouane Fellaini and Bastian Schweinsteiger got picked apart with ease.

Daley Blind 6

He's fine. We know he's fine.

Bastian Schweinsteiger 5

Looked knackered and slow, which is no surprise given the amount of work he's been doing with the injuries to Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin, but he needs someone energetic alongside him. There were few choices to do that last night, with Fellaini the only real option. Andreas Pereira should have been an option, but the incompetent manager has failed to give him minutes when United were winning earlier in the season.

Marouane Fellaini 5

Proved his limited worth with a header to bring about the second equaliser, not that it mattered. Otherwise, his passing is back to it was under David Moyes at United. He should be a last resort, not starting.

Juan Mata 6

A reasonable performance, but he gave the ball away plenty and has yet to learn how to stand up to other players. Someone with real ambition would have hit the gym by now - more muscle is hardly going to slow him down. As it is, he showed that he is nevertheless the best number 10 available to United right now.

Jesse Lingard and Memphis 5

They're fast and young, and in a better side they'd learn from those around them to improve and become more effective. Under this manager, it seems like they'll have spontaneity battered out of them, and be given nothing useful to learn because he hates attacking.

Anthony Martial 7

He's great. For his sake, he should leave before Van Gaal completely destroys his career and morale. The only striker capable of making a difference and trying something other than a sideways pass.


Cameron Borthwick-Jackson 6

No worse than Marcos Rojo or Matteo Darmian, which is an indictment of Van Gaal's buying policy.

Michael Carrick 6

He had a more effective display against West Ham, forcing the ball forward and making the forwards work, but the heart had gone out of the side by the time he was on.

Nick Powell 4

Van Gaal out.