A David De Gea inspired performance allowed Manchester United to leave Sevilla with a point after a goalless draw in the Champions League round of 16. José Mourinho approached the game in a defensive manner, benching the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial for Scott McTominay, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera. David De Gea leads as the lone stand-out performer and takes home the Man of the Match award, here are our player ratings:
David De Gea: 8.5 Man of the Match
Simply sensational display from arguably the best goalkeeper in the world. His two reflex saves at the end of the first-half were superb and incredibly influential for the remainder of the game. Smart hands and great reading of the game throughout. United relied on him massively this evening.
Antonio Valencia: 6
The captain was efficient in his role defensively without offering too much going forward. Got beat on the odd occasion but helped his side gain a clean sheet.
Chris Smalling: 5.5
Made a couple of blocks and was fairly good in the air, but would be worried about his defense allowing 25 attempts, eight on target.
Victor Lindelöf: 6
Good interception in the closing minutes of the first-half to prevent a clear scoring opportunity. Looked more composed than when we have seen him in the Premier League.
Ashley Young: 5.5
Defended reasonably well during the game, but the winger turned full-back was unusually unadventurous going forward.
Nemanja Matić: 5
Decent enough off the ball, breaking up play effectively, but found it difficult at times to cope with Sevilla’s fast paced play. Loose in possession throughout in another unspectacular showing.
Scott McTominay: 6.5
The young midfielder seems to be growing in confidence every time he plays. He was calm and composed on the ball, and never looked intimidated by the imposing away crowd.
Ander Herrera: N/A
The Spaniard lasted only 16 minutes in the game, forcing Mourinho into an early substitution. He appeared to hurt his ankle immediately after back-heeling a ball. Replaced by Paul Pogba.
Juan Mata: 5
Started brightly, but faded in the game too easily. Did not influence the game creatively or when United looked to maintain possession.
Alexis Sanchez: 5.5
A disappointing game from the Chilean, who usually is Manchester United’s most creative outlet. In a game that was stifled from any attacking imagination for the Reds, he never looked like supporting Lukaku upfront. Replaced by Marcus Rashford with 15 minutes left.
Romelu Lukaku: 6
Missed a good chance, and perhaps United’s only of the first-half, blasting over with a volley. Held the ball well but was so isolated up top. A frustrating evening for the big Belgian.
Paul Pogba (Sub, 16'): 6
The Frenchman was a ghost of a player in the first-half. He performed better as the game went on and looked more creative when Mourinho introduced Marcus Rashford and Martial.
Marcus Rashford (Sub, 74’): 6.5
The substitute came close with a free-kick and offered much more energy and enthusiasm, which had been lacking with the Reds.
Anthony Martial (Sub, 79’): 6.5
Similarly to Rashford, Martial’s appearance sparked some energy and life into United’s otherwise stagnant performance.
José Mourinho: 4.5
A typical Mourinho away performance in a big game. Less than convincing attacking coupled with efficient defending created a dull and lifeless showing from the Reds. Mourinho’s tactics, although efficient, relied heavily on the heroics of David De Gea. None of Europe’s big boys will be fearing United after this performance.