Ratings: David De Gea kept Manchester United in the game, Marouane Fellaini won the game; still too many players not performing to the required standards

Manchester United beat Young Boys 1-0 in what was a boring encounter at Old Trafford, once again. There were chances galore for United, also for the Swiss side. It took Marouane Fellaini to find the back of the net a minute into stoppage time for United to shithouse their way to victory. They are now into the round of 16 stage of the UEFA Champions League this season, with one game still to play. Youth incoming in Valencia?

It was a game with little to write home about, although I still managed to write more than 2,000 words in my match report. There were chances for both teams, more for United with neither side managing to pull anything out of the bag. Fred played well for United, at times, and should be utilised a little bit more, perhaps in place of Nemanja Matic, who is becoming a problem in this team. The midfield should be able to create things for the attacking players and with that happening sparsely, it needs to happen more.

Marouane Fellaini was a handful for Young Boys on more than one occasion with his shithousery coming through a minute into added time by finding the only goal of the game. Jose Mourinho’s response to Fellaini’s goal might be costly for him, as some will say he could have killed someone after he kicked a water bottle holder, spilling the contents before picking up the other and slamming it to the ground. If Jurgen Klopp can aggressively scream at a match official for it to be called passion, this can too.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Made a great save to deny the Young Boys from embarrassing United, even though they deserved it. The fact he's not signed a new contract is telling. Why would he want to stay at this menagerie of a club. Rotten from the top to the bottom. Kept United in the game at times, although they should have kept themselves in the game by scoring from the many chances that were created.


25 Antonio Valencia

Back after two months and could be out again after coming off injured. Played well but he's not the player I see in this position for the long-term,. Diogo Dalot needs to be given an opportunity to carve his name into this team. Boy does this team need some new blood in it.


12 Chris Smalling

The 29-year-old set up a good chance for Rashford in the first half, one of many for the striker to miss against the Young Boys. Defended well and tried to get forward himself on a few occasions.


4 Phil Jones

Another comeback for Jones. Defended well and got forward on many of occasions. However, his final ball on the attack was poor, which suggests he should not be in this position, leaving it for a player who is more competent in going forward.


23 Luke Shaw

The England left-back defended diligently throughout the game. Put a ball through for Rashford, which he should have scored from. he will be glad to be back in action after being suspended for the draw with Palace at the weekend.


27 Marouane Fellaini

The Belgian played a more advanced role against the Young Boys. He was largely ineffective but found himself in some dangerous positions. Was the unlikely goalscorer in added time, saving United once again. He has been a let down but under Mourinho, a (slightly) different Fellaini has emerged.


31 Nemanja Matic

Helped United in midfield, although his pace let him down, as it has done for the majority of this season with the Serbian not having a good game yet. Booked for a cynical foul, which was right, in my opinion. Needs to stand up more and push his teammates to do the same. Some seem to be hiding so far this season.


17 Fred

The Brazilian had some good moments in the game and showed his ability with the ball. However, he was wasteful in possession and maybe did not do what he was expected to do. Was replaced by Pogba in the 65th minute of the match.


14 Jesse Lingard

He and Rashford looked to be two of the best players in stages of the first half. He overhit a pass to Rashford when United hit on the counter. He was replaced by Lukaku in the 65th minute of the match. Might still be rusty after his layoff?


10 Marcus Rashford

Missed chance after chance. Some say he should be the main striker at the club but this shows why he is not yet ready. You need luck as a striker and Rashford had none against Young Boys. He might need to create his own. Mourinho was incensed with his miss at the start of the match. His workmate was impressive though and he never gave up.


9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman, despite playing well, had little impact in this game. This is worrying considering how his faction celebrate his brilliance. They paint a picture of him which suggests he is the world's best player. No where near that feat right now.



6 Paul Pogba

Replaced Fred 65'. Made an immediate impact when he replaced the Brazilian, sending a ball into the box, creating something for Rashford, who blazed his shot wide of the target. Should have started but probably needed to be rested ahead of a busy month for United.


Romelu Lukaku

Replaced Lingard 65'. Missed a headed opportunity once again. Got a touch which became an assist for Fellaini's winner. Needs to up his game as each minute he plays is costly for United right now, despite the fact every forward player cannot score a goal at this moment.


8 Juan Mata

Replaced Valencia 73'. Got involved in the game. Would have been a worthy starter but the rest will keep him fresh this month.


Goals: Marouane Fellaini 90+1′

Assists: Romelu Lukaku 90+1′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia (Mata 73′), Smalling, Jones, Shaw; Fred (Pogba 65′), Matic, Fellaini; Lingard (Lukaku 65′), Rashford, Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly; Pereira, McTominay

Bookings: Nemanja Matic 23′, Antonio Valencia 72′

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