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Ratings: Feyenoord 1-0 Manchester United – UEFA Europa League 2016/17

Manchester United found themselves beaten 1-0 by Feyenoord in their opening match of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night in Rotterdam. United manager Jose Mourinho made many changes to his squad for the match in the Netherlands, starting in the 4-3-3 formation with a midfield trio of Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera, and Paul Pogba, with Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in the three-man attack. On paper, United should have had enough on the pitch to walk away the victors in their opening match, but instead left ruing a goal, which was offside, and heading back to Manchester know that they have lost their last two matches, with a tricky trip to Watford on Sunday where they will need to bounce back and return to winning ways, or face the onslaught of the media as you can see the vultures gathering to cause problem with their non-stories. United missed many players this evening; Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who came on just after the hour but struggled to get much from the match despite having a few chances, including a free-kick in the dying minutes of the match which was on target but did not trouble the goalkeeper. United have some big matches ahead of them.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spaniard was largely untroubled throughout the match making a few saves here and there, but the goal, which was offside, saw De Gea exposed and beaten easily.

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36 Matteo Darmian

Damian had the chance to state his case for a position in Mourinho's squad this season but failed to impress as United looked short of the mark in the Netherlands, again. Defensively, he was not all that great, neither was he at getting forward to be honest.

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3 Eric Bailly

The Ivorian had a good game, at times, cutting down the space for his opposition, putting in a few challenges and generally doing what he has done since the start of the season.

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12 Chris Smalling

The England defender made his first start of the season, playing well at times, but looked a little rusty, which was to be expected. Gives United another option in defence, which could see Bailly and Blind raise their game to avoid being dropped.

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5 Marcos Rojo

What a poor display, again, for the Argentinian. Not a United player. Atrocious defending. Was out of position for the (offside) goal. Gave nothing defensively, although he got forward at times. Not good enough though!

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Ratings: Feyenoord 1-0 Manchester United – UEFA Europa League 2016/17

Did well in midfield, kept things ticking over, but seemed rusty and lacked anything creative. I am sure he will get better, give a run of matches.

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21 Ander Herrera

The Spanish midfielder did well one again in the middle of the pitch, but seemed to lack the ability to get forward as much as he should have. Early days get for this midfield trio, but in time it could be the start to something good. I am always suspicious if something works the first time, a bit of adaptation and this could be United's midfield set for the foreseeable future.

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6 Paul Pogba

Not his best performance, and probably not his worst. Still that will not stop the media from mocking the 'world record signing'. Needs the time to settle, needs to see himself in the role he plays the best at United. Judgement should not be made yet!

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11 Anthony Martial

Had a few moments which looked like he was on the road to finding form again, but became anonymous towards the end of the first half and into the second. Was soon replaced by Memphis.

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19 Marcus Rashford

Seemed isolated for the majority of the time spent on the pitch. Got forward, took on his man but seemed to be challenged a lot, which resulted in a few fouls against him. Good experience for him, but it didn't worker him tonight. It does not mean it will never work for him though.

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8 Juan Mata

Hardly got into the match and seemed unable to find much space in the role he was playing in. Perhaps not the best option tonight, but should have done much better with his teammates than they actually did. Replaced by Young just after the hour.

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Ratings: Feyenoord 1-0 Manchester United – UEFA Europa League 2016/17

Replaced Martial. Given a chance to shine - he did in stages. Had the chance to create something, but the opportunity was wasted just before Feyenoord scored.

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18 Ashley Young

Replaced Mata. Helped add something late into the match. Got into the box and aimed to get balls into the box, but his accuracy was not the best.

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9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Replaced Rashford. Looked dangerous after his introduction, but it did not happen for the Swede in Rotterdam. Took a decent free-kick, but the keeper thwarted his effort.

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