Man United player ratings from 3-2 loss to Wolfsburg: Schweinsteiger disappoints on German return

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Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg on Tuesday night was one of the most entertaining matches in the Red Devils’ recent history.

However, it also resulted in the English giants losing their place in this season’s Champions League.

Check out the ratings below to see how Louis van Gaal’s men performed on a frustrating evening for the club.

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GK: David De Gea – 8/10

Made two incredible saves to deny Andre Schurrle during the second half. None of Wolfsburg’s goals were De Gea’s fault.

RB: Guillermo Varela – 7/10

Having been thrown in at the deep end, Varela impressed on his first United start. The 22-year-old Uruguayan made eight tackles – more than any other player on the pitch.

LB: Matteo Darmian – 5/10

Only lasted 42 minutes before injury forced him off to make way for teenager Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (6/10), who did OK on his Champions League debut. During his brief time on the pitch, Darmian managed to collect his seventh yellow card of the season.

CB: Chris Smalling – 7/10

Smalling – the only member of United’s squad to play every minute of their European campaign so far this season – had a very busy evening. The England centre-back was totally dominant in the air, but he struggled to cope with the trickery of the German side’s attack, as he committed two fouls.

Smalling picked up a knock late on, but he stayed on the pitch because Van Gaal had already made three subs. In fact, he ended the match as a makeshift striker and very nearly made it 3-3!

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CB: Daley Blind – 6/10

Made four clearances and one tackle, but wasn’t his usual composed self.

CM: Bastian Schweinsteiger – 5/10

Having been preferred to Michael Carrick as United’s chief holding midfielder, Schweinsteiger failed to do the business. He was replaced by Carrick (6/10) 22 minutes from the end.

CM: Marouane Fellaini – 6/10

Did a decent job defensively, but produced too many inaccurate passes. Fellaini got his head – or at least his hair – on the corner from which Josua Guilavogui’s own goal gave United brief parity late on.

AM: Juan Mata – 7/10

Set up Martial’s opener with a perfect through pass and was involved again when United thought they’d scored a second. However, Mata was in a offside position and interfering with play, so Lingard’s last-minute first-half strike was chalked off.

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Mata left the field after 68 minutes, when Nick Powell (7/10) was thrown on as Van Gaal’s wildcard sub.

AM: Memphis Depay – 5/10

Lacked the confidence which he seemed to possess in spades when he first joined United. Only once did Depay beat a Wolfsburg defender with his dribbling skills.

AM: Jesse Lingard – 7/10

Lingard burned plenty of energy. His closing down was second to none and he was always positive when he got on the ball.

Anthony Martial goal vs Wolfsburg

ST: Anthony Martial – 7/10

Took his goal brilliantly. Wayne Rooney will be lucky to replace Martial once he returns from his latest injury layoff.

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