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Man United wins 2-1 against PSG

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Manchester United surprised a lacklustre Paris Saint-Germain to earn a 2-1 win in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

PSG came close early on through Angel Di Maria and Layvin Kurzawa, but Anthony Martial won a penalty which Bruno Fernandes scored – at the second attempt, after his initial saved effort was ordered to be retaken.

United missed several chances to add a second on the counter-attack, with Marcus Rashford spurning one chance in particular.

Anthony Martial did eventually score – but at the wrong end, heading in off a PSG corner for the equaliser, but Rashford found the route to goal late on to seal the points.

Here are the player ratings from the game in Paris.


Keylor Navas – 7. Furious his penalty save didn’t count. Two good saves in the second half.

Alessandro Florenzi – 5. Absolutely nothing offered going forward and didn’t exactly shut down his flank defensively either.

Abdou Diallo – 6. Clumsy with clearances and challenges. Good recovery run before half-time to thwart Rashford.

Presnel Kimpembe – 5. Bit of a shambles for the captain. Missed some big tackles and headers.

Lavin Kurzawa – 7. Good when able to get forward, putting in a few crosses and having a chance to score himself. Defended well too for the most part.

Idrissa Gueye – 5. Very passive on the ball and not his usual destructive self against the opposition counters. Subbed at the break.

Danilo Pereira – 7. Easily his side’s best midfielder, which wasn’t saying much. Great tracking back to tackle Rashford in the second half.

Ander Herrera – 5. Ineffective with most parts of his game other than wild shots and winning a few free-kicks.

Angel Di Maria – 5. One good effort which tested De Gea. Mostly ran into blind alleys and overhit set-pieces.

Kylian Mbappe – 7. His team’s best attacker, but it always seemed to have to be individual moments. Twice denied after good runs.

Neymar – 6. Lots of tricks, but often in deep areas. Grew more frustrated and less effective.

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David de Gea – 8. Made two very good saves and was generally strong with his handling.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7. Lots of big tackles to shut out the left-wing threat of PSG.

Victor Lindelof – 6. A few clearances but probably the quietest of United’s back line, more relying on positional intelligence than needing to make the big challenges.

Axel Tuanzebe – 7. The chance he has been waiting so long for this year and certainly proved his worth on the night. Twice ousted Mbappe with pace and power.

Luke Shaw – 7. Quietly impressive as the left-centre defender.

Alex Telles – 7. Decent enough debut, some good set-pieces. Much more to come from him.

Scott McTominay – 8. Nothing flashy, everything effective. Won the ball, blocked the runs, cut out the passes.

Fred – 6. Hard-working but probably lost the ball as many times as he won it back.

Bruno Fernandes – 7. Fortunate to get another chance with his penalty, but his all-round game was very good in the first half. Less influential after the break.

Marcus Rashford – 7. Movement was ten out of ten, end product was about a five. Should have taken on one chance he tried to pass and skied another chance – then won the match late on.

Anthony Martial – 6. Good skill to win the penalty but little other positive impact. Unfortunate with the own goal.

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