Man Utd 0 PSV 0: Player ratings as Jesse Lingard impresses

Player ratings as Jesse Lingard is the pick of Man Utd's players in goalless draw with PSV

By Jonathan Hogan

Manchester United

David De Gea Little to do early doors as United dominated possession early before he was forced into a smart save on the half-hour as an end-to-end contest bubbled to the surface. Had to make a couple of saves, which he made look comfortable, in those periods, becoming a reassuring presence as the host’s nerves jangled. 8/10

Matteo Darmian Almost provided the opening with two inviting crosses inside the opening quarter but team-mates not quite on the same page. Full of running but effort never really paid off and caught out on the break. Replaced by Mata late-on. 6

Chris Smalling Strong, steady and the most assured of United’s outfield defensive setup, much like the story of his season so far. Occasions in second half when he was forced to push forward with the ball – a measure of his improvement on the ball. Stepped up literally and figuratively with the points in the balance. 8

Daley Blind Provided a textbook clipped through ball to find Young inside 20 minutes. Crucial headed clearance with just over 10 minutes to go and not a bad display by the centre-halves all-in-all with most of PSV’s efforts from range. 7

Marcos Rojo Not an attacking wing-back so no surprise he didn’t offer a lot going forward, which felt like it was needed by the full-backs, though did provide a few crosses which cried out for a centre-forward’s finish. 5

Bastian Schweinsteiger Typically comfortable on the ball with a measure of calmness that allowed United to dictate the early phases, but only that, and vulnerable as PSV hit on the counter. Could have got forward more as the Schneidsteiger partnership flattered to deceive. Replaced by Fellaini. 4

Morgan SchneiderlinSuspect when, as a holding midfielder, not strong enough in the tackle at times in the first-half, ousted on a few occasions as PSV came into the game on the counter. Had two decent sightings of goal from corners either side of the interval but couldn’t quite adjust. 4

Jesse Lingard Seemed to play with more freedom than some of his team-mates and covered a lot of ground, drifting in-between the lines and taking up threatening positions without applying a telling finish – especially frustrated when found by Young’s cutback and couldn’t keep the ball down. 6

Wayne Rooney Started back in the hole where he was expected to bear an increased influence in United’s build-up play and creativity, but was sniffed out by a rigid PSV display for large parts and struggled to inspire what became a largely predictable display, though not without effort. Often found himself going deeper and deeper to receive ball as Fellaini pushed on and the burden of midfield fell to the captain. Cannot be blamed for a lack of pace but it showed as a tiring United looked void of ideas. 5

Memphis Depay Made a bright opening and looked like he had the beating of Santiago Arias, particularly when an untimely slip just inside the box ended a promising move, but his influence became more and more sporadic as the game went on. Replaced by Young. 5

Anthony Martial Struck what was probably United’s best chance of the first half straight at the keeper then tested him again at the near post with a better effort before the break. Movement inside the box seemed to be an issue, perhaps in two minds after a spell on the left flank in previous games, but a danger nonetheless. However, on return, that threat fizzled out in the second half. 5

Substitutes

Ashley Young Added some much-needed positivity and wilful running to the United attack and looked one of the most likely players to make an opening. 6

Marouane Fellaini His presence wasn’t really felt the way Van Gaal will have hoped when brought on. Half chance at back post with five minutes to go but heavy touch. 4

Juan Mata Came on in the 84th minute and had little influence, or time. N/A

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