Ratings: Victor Lindelof was one of the stand out players in Juventus victory; Romelu Lukaku poor, again!

Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Juventus in the UEFA Champions League, their first defeat in the competition this season. It was Paulo Dybala who scored the winning goal in the 17th minute of the game. Cristiano Ronaldo, making another return to the Theatre of Dreams could not beat United’s defence during the game. There was a difference in class between the two teams with United needing to find a lot of improvement.

It was a game many wanted United to win. Looking at the scoreline, many will think they gulf was not as big as it was. United seem to be miles behind Juventus right now. Victor Lindelof had a good game, seemed defensively astute at times but gave far too many corners away. However, in a period when United’s best defence is unknown, it looks good to see him get minutes against some of the worlds best footballers, seemingly getting the better over them, despite the one goal conceded at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

The Juventus away match will be one that will either see Juventus as the group winners or see United take back some control, despite not being able to win the group. The fact that Valencia and Young Boys drew will be a positive outcome, which means United sit second in the group, two points ahead of Valencia, and three points ahead of Young Boys. United will face Everton on Sunday in the Premier League, which gives them four full days to prepare, which needs to see them earn points in the Premier League, not lose them.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Made a few good saves. The double save, which started from the Ronaldo free-kick saw the best of De Gea come through again.


18 Ashley Young

Booked in the second half. Also fouled Ronaldo, which gave Juventus a free-kick, which Ronaldo nearly scored, if not for a fine save by De Gea.


2 Victor Lindelof

Defensively, the Swede as sound. He had to battle the Juventus forwards, who gave him a game. He got the better of them most of the time. Gave away too many corners though, but that was better than giving away goals.


Chris Smalling

Had his hand in for the Juventus goal, failing to clear the chance Cuadrado made for Dybala, who found the back of the net. However, he worked hard and got stuck in when he needed to, other than for the goal.


23 Luke Shaw

Juventus' goal came from the left flank. Martial did not do enough to help out. Ronaldo got away from the pair to cross the ball into the box. Shaw got forward a little and got stuck in. This will be a learning curve more than something to be angry about for him.


8 Juan Mata

Needs to play in the number ten role more often. There is no better player at the club right now, in this position. Tried to create, however, he did not do enough with the ball for my liking.


31 Nemanja Matic

Tried to be the guy that got United purring. However, his passing was not the best, at times. Put the effort in throughout the game.


6 Paul Pogba

Not as effective as he needed to be. He knew how Juventus played, spending four years there. Had a great shot on goal in the second half, hitting the post, which was a shame.


10 Marcus Rashford

Defended at times with Juventus in control of much of the match, if not all of it. Could have been good with him leading the line. Lukaku needs to be dropped, which could see him in the middle, or Martial, or both!


Romelu Lukaku

Eight games without a goal now. Need I say more? Needs to understand that with him in the team and not scoring, it's pointless. Not sure he could score in a month of Sunday's at the moment.


9 Anthony Martial

His defensive aspects of the game let him down as he failed to track Ronaldo, which led to the opening goal. Not all his fault. Ronaldo tracked back to deny something similar from happening in the first half. No reason Martial can not do that too. A lively player on the attack, however, he was largely ineffective.


Goals: Paulo Dybala 17′

Assists: Juan Cuadrado 17′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Mata, Matic, Pogba; Rashford, Lukaku, Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly, Darmian; Pereira, Fred, Herrera; Chong

Bookings: Blaise Matuidi 59′, Giorgio Chiellini 82′; Ashley Young 77′

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