Man Utd 1-1 Young Boys: Player rating


Manchester United ended the Champions League group with a 1-1 draw at home against Young Boys when the new interim manager Ralf Rangnick continued to make his mark on the squad.

With United already confident of a top spot in the group and therefore a seeded place in the last 16, Rangnick was true to his word about rotating and giving players a chance to impress – which included starts for exciting youngsters Anthony Elanga and Amad Diallo.

Even the veteran’s third-choice goalkeeper Tom Heaton got a chance from the bench, while there were also senior debuts for the home-grown youngsters Zidane Iqbal and Charlie Savage.

The staff was different but the continuation of what Rangnicks United started against Crystal Palace was there to see – the intelligent pressure was such an effective tool.

Mason Greenwood’s opening goal was a moment of magic that once again repeated his merits as a superstar in the near future, improvising brilliantly to complete a post from Luke Shaw who had played a little behind him.

Amad was impressive but sometimes lacked calm at critical moments, especially when he saw a very good chance on the counter to go begging when he dropped the window to shoot and misplaced his last pass. At the same time, Greenwood showed coolness beyond his 20 years and a run later resulted in Juan Mata having a close-range effort excellent saved by Guillaume Faivre.

The equalizer came towards the game in the last moment of the first half. Donny van de Beek had a fantastic opportunity to put United up another goal 26 minutes into the match, but he fired just over the crossbar. Fabian Rieder made a great block, though.

Elanga should have restored the lead with a great chance just before the hour after a quick break, just to see his effort saved. Quentin Maceiras should soon have put Young Boys in the lead but could not find the target right in front of the goal.

The last quarter of the match was pretty cash. Both sides had the ball in promising positions and it was in many ways end to end, but clear chances were missed.

Dean Henderson rushed off his line more than once / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / GettyImages

Dean Henderson (GK) – 6/10 – Sharp when it comes to playing the kind of “sweeper keeper” role that Manuel Neuer is known for. Pulled back to give Tom Heaton a chance to play in the final 25 minutes.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 4/10 – Went forward with goal but was not good in ball possession. On the heels when Young Boys equalized and may have been seriously injured in stoppage time after colliding with the billboards.

Eric Bailly (CB) – 8/10 – Made several key blocks, tackles and interceptions.

Nemanja Matic (CB) – 4/10 – Did not always look very comfortable in the back four and was rescued by his partner more than once.

Luke Shaw (LB) – 7/10 – Marked his return to the page with an assist. Got an hour under his belt before being pulled back.

Amad Diallo made his first senior appearance of the season / PAUL ELLIS / GettyImages

Donny van de Beek (CM) – 6/10 – Seemed to be everywhere in an impressive performance in the first half. Betrayed by a sloppy touch that directly led to Young Boys’ equalizer and got a calmer second half.

Juan Mata (CM) – 6/10 – Has always been the best at playing central and that has not happened enough during his eight years at Old Trafford.Jesse Lingard (AM) – 7/10 – Pressed and countered well. Potentially a very good fit for Rangnick’s system going forward.

Amad Diallo (AM) – 7/10 – The first senior appearance of the season. Looked sharp and a threat, if it lacked a little peace when it mattered most.

Mason Greenwood scored an outstanding opening goal / Gareth Copley / GettyImages

Mason Greenwood (ST) – 8/10 – Started the game in style with an excellent improvised volley to break the deadlock. Be a constant threat.

Anthony Elanga (ST) – 6/10 – Involved in the construction of the opening goal. Faded a bit after that but started the second half bright, even though he missed a golden opportunity to restore United’s lead.

Even Tom Heaton got a chance from the bench / Gareth Copley / GettyImages

Teden Mengi (LB) – 6/10 – First senior outing since August 2020. Made a goal-saving block to compensate for his own unfortunate slip.

Tom Heaton (GK) – 6/10 – Finally made his debut at United 19 long years after he first joined the United Academy at the age of 16. Not very busy.

Shola Shoretire (LF) – 6/10 – Involved quite a bit after coming on.

Zidane Iqbal (CM) – N / A

Charlie Savage (CM) – N / A

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