Manchester United player ratings: Martial stars in Liverpool draw while Varela struggles

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Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Liverpool in the second leg of their Europa League round-of-16 clash at Old Trafford on Thursday night, which in turn saw the visitors progress 3-1 on aggregate.

Anthony Martial opened the scoring for the Red Devils, but a superb solo goal from Philippe Coutinho killed the tie just seconds before half time.

Both sides had chances in the second half, but United’s momentum had been disrupted by Coutinho as they saw their Europa League run come to an end while Liverpool will take their place in Friday’s quarter-final draw.

Find out how Martial and his teammates ranked in our player assessment below:

Anthony Martial causing havoc against Liverpool (video)
Coutinho magic deals hammer blow to Man United (video)

GK David De Gea – 7

Produced a string of great saves to deny a dangerous Liverpool side on the counter attack and was beaten by a sublime Coutinho finish. Was alert to their threat and was unfortunate to end up on the losing side over the two legs.

DF Guillermo Varela – 5

A really disappointing night for the youngster as he struggled in both aspects of the game. Wasteful in possession and caught out of position regularly, it was no surprise that Louis van Gaal opted to replace him at the interval.

DF Chris Smalling – 7

A commanding display for the most part from the England international, as he made some timely interventions to deny Liverpool clearer chances.

DF Daley Blind – 7

Similar to Smalling in that he was able to make key interceptions in dangerous situations. Built play well from the back and can’t be faulted for much.

DF Marcos Rojo – 7

A tireless effort from the Argentine left-back as he was up and down the left flank all night before he was replaced. A reassuring influence at the back for United.

MF Michael Carrick – 7

Did well to dictate the flow of the game in the first half which in turn allowed United to get a foothold. Was perhaps not probing enough thereafter, with Liverpool’s pressing pushing the hosts back.

MF Marouane Fellaini – 6

An energetic effort from the combative midfielder, but was fortunate to avoid seeing red for his constant use of his elbows to gain leverage over his marker. Had two great chances to score, fluffed his lines on both occasions.

MF Jesse Lingard – 6

Was a problem for Liverpool with his pace and movement between the lines, but wasn’t decisive enough in the final third and more is naturally expected of him.

MF Juan Mata – 6

The Spaniard didn’t seem particularly comfortable starting out on the right hand side, but as he continued to be the hub of creativity for United, he was unable to prise Liverpool open.

FW Anthony Martial – 8

Every time the young French international got the ball down the left flank, he was a problem for Nathaniel Clyne. Won the penalty and cooly slotted home from the spot, and looked like he could make something happen whenever in possession.

FW Marcus Rashford – 7

The youngster deserves plenty of credit for his effort and discipline having been left isolated at times. Battled hard against the Liverpool backline and his pace, movement and technical ability with the ball at his feet displayed promising signs.


DF Antonio Valencia – 6

Injected some pace and energy down the right hand side and would have been a welcome sight for United fans to see him back on the pitch.

DF Matteo Darmian – 6

The Italian international offered more defensive solidity and energy after replacing Rojo, and he will hope to force his way back into the starting line-up.

MF Bastian Schweinsteiger – 5

Booked for a cynical foul on Adam Lallana, and was otherwise not particularly influential after replacing Carrick in the latter stages of the game.

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