United Players Rated from the 2-0 Win over Benfica

Here’s how the Manchester United players fared in the 2-0 victory over SL Benfica in their Champions League Group Stage game at Old Trafford:

De Gea- 7

Kept another clean sheet in a routine outing as he wasn’t threatened too much. Made a stunning save from Goncalves’ long-range effort, but was a routine save by his world class standards.

Darmian- 6

Rare chance to impress at right-back and he didn’t do anything wrong. Wasn’t too threatened in defence and after a slow first half where he let players fly past him, he improved drastically after the break. Was highly involved in attacks at times but unfortunately not much came out of them.

Bailly- 5.5

By his standards, this wasn’t a good game at all. Still looked rusty and a bit off the pace and could’ve given away a penalty but his stupidly rash foul went unnoticed by the referee. Got some much needed minutes under his belt ahead of the big game against Chelsea.

Smalling- 6.5

While Lindelof usually starts in midweek games, Mourinho trusted Smalling tonight since the English defender is more comfortable in a back four. Stuck well to his basics and had a solid game without too many nervy moments.

Blind- 6.5

Was heavily involved in attacks in the first half but not so much after the break. Made one superb cross-field Pogba-esque pass which caught the eye. Slotted home a penalty in the second half.

Matic- 7

Another solid game for the midfielder, who was paired with the inexperienced McTominay in the midfield. Had a superb game and his majestic strike led to his side’s first goal.

McTominay- 6.5

Wasn’t an eye-catching performance but was flawless on his first UCL start. Made a couple of vital challenges and excited fans with his noteworthy skills.

Mata- 5.5

As usual, wasn’t too comfortable on the right wing. Drifted into the centre very often but failed to have any notable impact on his side’s attacks.

Lingard- 5

Came off at half time after an ineffective display. Looked to have been injured during an aerial challenge.

Martial- 6.5

Could’ve capped off a good game with a goal but saw his penalty saved by Svilar in the first half.

Lukaku- 6

Spurned a great chance to score but saw his tame effort saved by the 18 year old keeper. Frustrating game but that was mainly because he didn’t receive too much service.


Mkhitaryan- 6

Replaced Lingard at half time but didn’t do too much of note.

Herrera- 6

Was energetic and created an urgency as United started pressing the opponents.

Rashford- NA

Wasn’t on the field for too long but the birthday boy had an instant impact as he won the penalty which resulted in United’s second of the night.

Subs Not Used- Romero, Lindelof, Shaw, Young.