Ratings: De Gea the Man of the Match; Pogba rusty in Sevilla draw

Manchester United drew 0-0 with Sevilla in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 clash. David De Gea became the man of the evening after making a few great saves to deny the home side from taking the lead in the match. United, with De Gea in goal, have kept 19 clean sheets this season – 20 being the most for him in a season. This match will now be decided at Old Trafford.

Key Moments:

16′ Ander Herrera injured himself whilst running into the Sevilla box. He immediately took his left boot off and sat down – unable to continue. Paul Pogba warmed himself up and was brought on within a minute to aid United.

42′ David De Gea made a save by diving to his left to deny Joaquin Correa from scoring the opening goal of the match.

45′ Victor Lindelof made a huge challenge on the edge of the box cutting out Sergio Escudero’s pass giving Sevilla a corner. David De Gea made a superb save to deny Steven N’Zonzi scoring at the end of the half, tipping the shot over the crossbar.

Man of the Match: David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper was the man of the moment for United, keeping them in the game after a great striker by Lucas Muriel was dealt with by an even better save. This was where De Gea would be the hero of the game in an important match in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League – and it has been a long wait for that – five years to be exact.

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Man of the Match for me. The Spanish number one made a great save to deny Muriel just before half time. This was his 19th clean sheet of the season - the most he's had is 20 clean sheets in a season.


25 Antonio Valencia

Valencia played well at times but going forward left the defence exposed at times with him being caught out of position.


2 Victor Lindelof

The Swede played well but a mistake between him and De Gea could have seen the hosts take the lead. Needs to play a lot more to build his confidence after arriving last summer.


12 Chris Smalling

The England defender was made to put in a shift after Sevilla's attack saw him have to put his heart into his game.


18 Ashley Young

I would rather see Luke Shaw at left-back. Young was stretched defensively and lost possession of the ball too many times to be efficient in his role.


21 Ander Herrera

The Spaniard lasted 17 minutes after suffering an injury when United were on the attack with Herrera running into the box and pulling up.


31 Nemanja Matic

Matic made a few fouls and was lucky not to be booked. Played well with McTominay in midfield and Herrera before he was injured which saw Pogba come on.


39 Scott McTominay

McTominay played a great game. He is not world class but is of United standard. Not the star but a player with the ability to get involved. Had a first half shot saved and was very tidy in possession.


8 Juan Mata

The Spanish attacking midfielder was busy throughout the game but there was no real end product fro United's attacking.


Romelu Lukaku

Got stuck into the game and worked hard throughout. The Belgian volleyed an effort over the crossbar in the first half and did score in the second half, but it was denied for handball after hitting the top of his arm.


Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean was full of energy and determination to win. Booked late in the first half for pulling back Navas.



6 Paul Pogba

Replaced Herrera 17'. Seemed rusty. Had a chance to get himself back into the side ahead of Sunday's Chelsea clash. Failed to prove a point but did put in a shift.


10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Sanchez 75'. Came on late in the game. Took a free-kick which was just wide but could not change the game for United.


9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Mata 80'. Had ten minutes plus stoppage time. Navas will remember him.


Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young; Herrera (Pogba 17′), Matic, McTominay; Mata (Martial 80′), Lukaku, Sanchez (Rashford 75′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly, Darmian; Lingard

Bookings: Alexis Sanchez 41′

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