Ratings: Manchester United 1-4 Borussia Dortmund – Shanghai, China #MUTour2016

In their first pre-season tour game, Manchester United took on Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai, where United were on the receiving end of a 4-1 hammering in the International Champions Cup. However much this game was about testing the fitness and abilities of the touring players, it’s never nice to be beaten in such a manner, especially with the players out to impress Jose Mourinho. Dortmund started the game off much brighter than United and it proved to be the case when Castro put Dortmund into the lead on 19 minutes after some sloppy goalkeeping from Sam Johnstone. Aubameyang added a second for Dortmund before half-time from the penalty spot after captain Antonio Valencia handled the ball in the box. Ousmane Dembele then added a terrific third before Henrik Mkhitaryan scored his first goal for United against his former club allowing Manchester United a slim chance of getting something from the game. That was until Castro added a fourth for Dortmund from outside the area leaving Romero with no chance.

Not the start Mourinho and his men would have wanted to their pre-season however, Dortmund is a quality side and have been in China for a longer period of time as well as having played four games prior to this one. There were a few positives to take out of the game, Luke Shaw looks fit and ready for the new season, Eric Bailly brings strength and pace to the defence and Henrik Mkhitaryan scoring his first goal for the club. On the other hand, Memphis looked sluggish and even if he did improve through the first half, didn’t really impress. Both Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo looked poor and were partially at fault for a goal each. Juan Mata looked disinterested and lazy for most of the game but did provide the assist. Here are the ratings for the game, not a pretty sight.

Manchester United

Sam Johnstone

Only played the first half but dealt poorly with the free-kick and following shots that resulted to the goal, showed his inexperience in the game but that is to be expected in difficult conditions against a strong opponent.


25 Antonio Valencia

Gave the penalty away with a handball in the first half and didn't really offer much going forward but did make a few good tackles and clearances, not a captain's performance.


3 Eric Bailly

The score line doesn't do Bailly any justice, looked assured on the ball and when he did slip up, his pace allowed him to recover well against Aubameyang, got booked late on for kicking the ball away but was arguably United's best player.


4 Phil Jones

Looked completely out of sorts and was replaced at half-time, it was probably just to rotate the squad but he certainly deserved to be removed. Missed tackles and couldn't clear the ball when he needed to before the first goal.


23 Luke Shaw

Like Bailly, Shaw played well. getting up and down the left-hand side well and at a good pace. Did make a rash decision to jump in on Dembele who touched the ball past him easily but was good up to and after that.


21 Ander Herrera

Showed some very good moments in the game including some fancy footwork but again he had little time on the ball overall and couldn't show his full potential, however, Herrera is certainly making his case to remain under Mourinho.


17 Daley Blind

Didn't really get too involved in the game much, misplaced easy passes and still looks like he is unsure of his place in the team.


22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Starved of the ball in the first half meaning we didn't see much of the former Dortmund player, he took his goal well but was harder to miss in that situation. Didn't play as well as he did against Wigan but weather conditions and a better opposition are largely to blame.


8 Juan Mata

Had an appalling first half and really didn't look like he cared one bit, did settle better into the second half, providing the assist with some unselfish play, but was not anywhere near his best.


14 Jesse Lingard

Looked relatively bright when he got on the ball and showed good awareness getting himself into a 1-0n-1 position but fluffing his lines with a tame effort on goal.


Ratings: Manchester United 1-4 Borussia Dortmund – Shanghai, China #MUTour2016

Looks like he has put on a few pounds of muscle in the summer which is normally a good thing but it's slowed him down quite noticably, his touch was better as the game went on but couldn't do much with the possession he had.



20 Sergio Romero

Replaced Johnstone. Could have had a better go at Dembele's goal but had no chance for the second Castro goal, didn't have much else to do.


5 Marcos Rojo

Replaced Jones. Very poor defensively again, at fault for the Dembele goal after being left for dead by the young Frenchman and because he isn't playing at left-back can't add anything going forward.


Ratings: Manchester United 1-4 Borussia Dortmund – Shanghai, China #MUTour2016

Replaced Blind. Couldn't really do too much but in the same sense didn't do much wrong. Made the simple passes and was back defending when he needed to be.


Adnan Januzaj

Replaced Mkhitaryan. Slowly looking better is Adnan Januzaj but couldn't get a foothold in the game today, played on the right-hand side when he came on but a lack of attacking threat meant he didn't have much to do.


18 Ashley Young

Replaced Lingard. Added a more direct threat on the left-hand side in the second half, made a couple of sloppy challenges late on but did put some genuine pace back into the team.


Andreas Pereira

Replaced Valencia. Had 15 minutes of the match to show the manager what he could do. Like United as a whole, not a lot. Needs more time to show his class and skills.


19 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Memphis. Similar to Young in the fact he immediately adds pace and passion into the team. No one really stood up and provided any opportunities for Rashford to run onto but did press hard all game.



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