United Players Rated from the 1-0 defeat to Basel

Here’s how the Manchester United players fared in the 1-0 loss to FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League-

Romero- 6
Was superb throughout the game, apart from the last-gasp goal by the hosts, which he could do nothing much for. Made many smart saves and was always available to receive back passes when needed.

Darmian- 4.5
Hasn’t had many poor games this season but this was one of thoserare games. He offered very little in attack and missed two glorious chances by over-hitting the crosses. Was found out of position, gifting Basel the winner in the 89th minute.

Smalling- 6.5
Solid in defence and didn’t give the opposition any chance to capitalise on his team’s slow reaction to counter-attacks. Stuck to his basics well.

Rojo- 7.5
Was superb in his first game since his return from injury, and was undoubtedly United’s best player of the game. His brilliant block in the second half stopped a certain goal and he came agonisingly close to scoring as his thumping long-range strike struck the post after deflection.

Blind- 4.5
Didn’t offer anything much going forwards, and his poor pace was time and again exploited by the opposition. His under-par performance meant that Martial was left on his own through the left.

Pogba- 6.5
Started the game very well, with most of his passes and skills coming off. However, he came off as a peripheral figure in the 66th minute, and his substitution unfortunately lead to the home side dominating the latter stages of the match.

Herrera- 6
Tried his best but failed to break open an arduous defence. Was industrious and well-positioned but lacked the required level of creativity tonight.

Fellaini- 5.5
Maintained position well at times, and should’ve scored on two occasions- his first cleared off the line and his second coming off the post.

Martial- 6.5
Was exceptional at times, with his skills and passes coming off. However, he wasn’t supplemental well on the left which limited his effectiveness.

Lingard- 5
Worked had and tried to run between spaces but couldn’t do anything of note. Made way for Rashford in the second half.

Lukaku- 4
Received a lot of service but squandered chances very easily. Should’ve scored an early one-on-one, and missed two glorious chances- from Martial and Pogba’s cross and through-ball respectively, which meant that he was rightly blamed for the poor performance.


Matic- 5
Was solid while defending but not so good going forwards. Lost possession which led to Basel scoring the winning goal.

Rashford- 5
Came on to help his side score but was ineffective and did very little to help his side.

Ibrahimovic- 5
Came on too late to do anything of note. Linked up well with Lukaku but the final pass eluded him.

Subs Not Used- Pereira, Lindelof, Shaw, McTominay.