May 14, 2021

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Manchester United player ratings: Paul Pogba and David de Gea good

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David de Gea

His most impressive contribution was a perfectly clipped pass to Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the first-half. Good point-blank save late on. 8

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

There was a moment where, if United had a proactive right-back, they might have been played in for a go at goal. But Wan-Bissaka remains reluctant. 6

Victor Lindelof

Usually, Lindelof is barely audible but he was in the absence of Dean Henderson and Harry Maguire. Embraced senior status. 7

Axel Tuanzebe

A steady return on his first start since January, helped by the guidance of Lindelof. Kept composed whenever under pressure. 7

Alex Telles

Proactively supported Paul Pogba down the left and was not quite as adventuruous without him after the pause. Assisted late own goal. 6

Fred

Pressed purposefully to push United higher up the pitch but his shooting was back to normal. 6

Nemanja Matic

Perceptively teed up Bruno Fernandes, was prudent with the ball and not always risk-aversive. A much-needed run-out. 6

Mason Greenwood

Got into auspicious openings but his execution was often awry. Should have converted Donny van de Beek’s cross. 6

Bruno Fernandes

Volleyed a half-chance over and bungled other good openings. Pointlessly played on beyond the 70-minute mark. 6

Paul Pogba

The headed assist for Edinson Cavani was deliberate and just as technically proficient. Harshly booked and in talismanic form again. Sensibly substituted at the pause. 8

Edinson Cavani

A fine finish for his second goal in as many games to ensure smooth passage through to the semi-finals. Could have had a second. 7

Subs

Donny van de Beek

Picked out Greenwood brilliantly, who should have earned Van de Beek an assist. 6

Daniel James

Energetic but created nought. 5

Juan Mata

A classy cameo. 6

Brandon Williams

Came on for the final 10 minutes. 5

Amad

Needed more time to impress. 6

Manager

The strong team selection was justified and removing Pogba at half-time was wise. Fernandes should have come off sooner and Amad gone on sooner. 7

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