Player Ratings: United v Club Brugge – Memphis Shows Rooney How It’s Done

Romero – Little to do and yet still managed to balls things up on a number of occasions, mostly notably a back pass from Schneiderlin. 5
Darmian – Provided a reliable outlet on the right by running the channels and recking havoc. Reliable in his defensive responsibilities too. 7
Smalling – Another big performance from the Englishman as he grows into his roll as United’s main defender. Composed and astute when called on. 8
Blind – Adapting at his new role within the club and is doing very well. Nearly caught out the one time but did excellent to recover. 7
Shaw – Bullied the opposition fullback and ran endlessly. Looks sharper than ever. 8
Carrick – Misread the ball and lashed out which led to the goal. Improved after but subbed off at half time. 5
Schneiderlin – Looked more dynamic than his midfield partner and helped spread play from the middle of the pitch. 7
Mata – Tidy on the ball but would have wanted him to take more risks as they were pegged back for long periods of the game. 6
Januzaj – Looked dangerous when on the ball but faded as the game drew on. Subbed for Hernandez. 7
Memphis – The man of the hour. After a disappointing start to the game for United, he dragged the side out of the gutter and scored two blinders to turn the tie around singlehandedly. A world class performance. 8
Rooney – A poor first half but improved as the match proceeded. Taken off late on. 5
Schweinstiger – Added to the attack and helped secure the win. 6
Hernandez – His hard work resulted in the opposition’s red card. 6
Fellaini – His last-second header may have won the tie for United. 8
Louis van Gaal – A poor start to the game was quickly turned inside out by United’s new number 7. The manager was quick to turn things around too which helped ensure the win. Considering the way the first two games have panned out, it was a relief to see the side attacking with impetus and flair. In hindsight, the scoreline could have been one of a bigger margin but the result was a relief and may just be enough. LvG took the risk of bringing on Fellaini once they went down to ten and his gamble paid off when other managers would have played it safe and shut out at 2-1. A big win.
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