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Zorya 0-2 Manchester United: Player ratings

Who fared well on the frozen pitch?

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Sergio Romero: With Zorya content to let United have the lion’s share of possession, Romero wasn’t overly troubled. But the Argentinian impressed with the way he maintained concentration and made a couple of neat saves when the home side mustered a hanfdul of shots. 7

Ashley Young: Starting at right-back, Young was solid if unspectacular; tackled well and was responsible in posession. 6

Eric Bailly: Ah, Eric, how we’ve missed you unorthodox yet remarkably effective ways. Tackles while on one knee, pings 40-yard passes and atempts bicycle kicks in the opposition’s penalty area: all in a night’s work. Welcome back. 8

Daley Blind: Didn’t have a great deal to do but was typically neat and tidy. 6

Marcos Rojo: Again, wasn’t overly troubled by Zorya’s uber-defensive tactics. The Ukrainian side opened up more in the second half, but Rojo, often a disaster at left-back, did ok. 6

Ander Herrera: Anchored the midfield allowing Paul Pogba to roam; used the ball well considering the difficult surface. 7

Paul Pogba: It didn’t all come off for Pogba but he was the one trying to make things happen for United. Always a threat and produced a suberp spinning, half-volleyed assist for the second goal. 7

Juan Mata: With Zorya sitting so deep and crowding the areas Mata likes to operate in, the Spaniard found it hard to get into the game; one of his more anonymous performances. Substituted after 65 minutes. 5

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: He wasn’t as constantly menacing as he has been in recent weeks, but Mkhitaryan always looks like he’s going to make something happen. Scored his first United goal in spectacular fashion, beating two defenders in a run from inside the centre circle before calmly finishing. That’s three man of the match performances in four games for the Armenian — worth the wait. 8

Wayne Rooney: After a couple of positive performances of late, this was one of those games where Rooney looked old. Forced a decent save from Igor Levchenko with a well-struck shot from distance at the end of the first half, did little else, though. Taken off with 20 minutes to go. 4

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The 35-year-old Swede was starved of service for most of the game but finished expertly at the death after being played in by Pogba, taking his tally for the season to 13. 6


Jesse Lingard: Crafted a couple of openings for himself but probably should have passed instead of shooting — as the look Ibrahimovic gave him suggested.

Marouane Fellaini: After coming off the bench to immediately concede a penalty at the weekend, Fellaini’s first act here was to lose his man at a free-kick, allowing Mikhail Sivakoc a free header which Romero did well to save. STOP BRINGING HIM ON WHEN WE HAVE A NARROW LEAD!

Timothy Fosu-Mensah: Only on the pitch for five minutes or so but got forward well from right-back.