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Ratings: Scott McTominay can hold his head high after Barcelona defeat at Old Trafford

Manchester United saw themselves beaten once again under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Barcelona won 1-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford. It was a lacklustre affair with Luke Shaw scoring the own goal which put Barcelona in the driving seat, even if it was awarded by VAR.

Barcelona opened the scoring in the 12th minute of the match which was ruled as offside but VAR gave the goal. Lionel Messi was played in over the top, swivelled inside the box and chipped the ball towards the back post where Luis Suarez was waiting. The ball deflected off Luke Shaw and into the back of his own net.

In the 19th minute of the match, Shaw was booked, meaning he will miss the next leg of this game, along with the two Premier League matches he will miss, meaning he will be out of contention against West Ham United, Barcelona, and Everton, which is not a great position to be in. Sergio Busquets was booked two minutes before Shaw.

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Man of the Match: Scott McTominay

The Scotland international never seems to get much respect from the Old Trafford faithful, well those on Twitter anyway. They don’t seem to be able to see what others can, but according to them, that is delusion. I rate McTominay and I am proud to say I do. He is going to be a decent midfielder in this team. Tonight, he showed his class.

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one did not have many saves to make against the Catalan club but what he did do was important in the game, especially in the fact that Barcelona could not double their lead.

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18 Ashley Young

The veteran right-back did the minimum in defence but showed signs of what United were getting with him. Going forward, he just was not good enough to warrant a place in the team. His delivery of the ball was poor and one of the reasons United were poor overall.

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12 Chris Smalling

The long-serving defender played a part in the match against Barcelona and was superb in the air. He kept the Barca players pretty quiet at times and he could have been one of the reasons that only one goal was scored, and that was by a United player.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swedish international did well against the La Liga leaders. The defence were protected by the midfield and Lindelof mopped up the loose balls and did not have to do as much as he may have been expected to.

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23 Luke Shaw

The England left-back was unfortunate to be the player the ball deflected off, scoring the only goal of the game, an own goal. Shaw was solid in defence but rarely broke forward on the attack.

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39 Scott McTominay

Seems to get the short straw when he gets named in the starting XI but likes to show his critics that he has the skills to play for this club. What do they know, eh? Great at moving forward with the ball, played many long-range passes, which most of the time were delivered to a teammate. His partnership with Fred may be considered a success, so far, at least.

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17 Fred

This has to be the Brazilian’s best performance for United so far, which could give him the confidence to continue. Put in a shift both defensively and in a more creative role going forward. His passing range will have impressed the gaffer.

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6 Paul Pogba

It was not a poor game for the Frenchman but he was outplayed by his midfield teammates, which was good to see. It shows that United has other options, especially if Pogba did leave in the summer. May need to pull something out of the bag to keep his place this weekend.

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20 Diogo Dalot

Grew in confidence throughout the game. Had a great chance in the game, which may have changed the scoreline. Good to see him get the game time which will help him grow as a player.

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Romelu Lukaku

His hold up play was pretty good against the La Liga leaders. However, as the striker in this team, he does need to find the clinical aspect of his game. If Lukaku is not scoring goals, who is?

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10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward had plenty of energy in the game. He put his head down and worked hard for his team but it was just not his night. United will be lucky they only conceded one goal. Perhaps next week, at the Camp Nou, it could be Rashford’s and United’s night once again?

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Substitutes

9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Lukaku 68'. Had a through ball played in by McTominay but miscontrolled it. Should have done much better.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Dalot 74'. Booked soon after his introduction. Got little involvement in the game. Should have been better coming off the bench.

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15 Andreas Pereira

Replaced Rashford 85'. Cameo appearance but he got forward for United and tried to create. Received a few good balls from McTominay.

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Goals: Luke Shaw 12′ o/g 

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Dalot (Lingard 74′), Lukaku (Martial 68′), Rashford (Pereira 85′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Jones, Rojo; Mata

Bookings: Luke Shaw 19′, Jesse Lingard 76′, Chris Smalling 85′; Sergio Busquets 17′, Arturo Vidal 71′

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