Ratings: Paul Pogba the Man of the Match as the creativity disappeared when he left the pitch

Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Basel in the UEFA Champions League despite United dominating the first half with many chances, three fell to Marouane Fellaini alone. United could have confirmed their place in the knockout stages, but will now have to go all out for the point, or victory over CSKA Moscow in the final group stage match, which is sandwiched between a trip to Arsenal and the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

United could have easily been 5-0 up at the end of the first half, but none of the chances created made their mark on goal. It was an unlucky position for United to be in, but they still had the second half to make the difference and despite the odd chance, it was Basel who were dominating the half. You can see why no English team has ever kept a clean sheet at the St Jakob Stadium. It is not the end of the world though, it just means that United will have to dig deep for three matches in a row in the busy nine match run of December.

Manchester United: Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Rojo, Blind; Herrera, Fellaini; Lingard (Rashford 64′), Pogba (Matic 66′), Martial (Ibrahimovic 74′); Lukaku

Substitutes Not Used: Pereira; Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay

Bookings: Matteo Darmian 83′

Manchester United

22 Sergio Romero

The Argentinian number one played well and did what he needed to do. His alertness was top-notch as he was there whenever he had something to do. Was unlucky to conceded a late goal, which United deserved as they were unable to kill the game in the first half when they had plenty of chances.


Matteo Darmian

Defensively, Darmian did what he needed to do but when he got forward, his delivery was sloppy which shows that United need a full back with the ability to defend and attack.


Chris Smalling

The (omitted) England player was dilligent throughout the game, although he could have done more to close doan Lang, who scored the winning goal.


16 Marcos Rojo

The Argentinian was solid after his return from a seven month absence with a knee injury. He had the chance to score, hitting the post with a long-range effort. Good to have him back as another option.


17 Daley Blind

He's not the left-back United need. Left exposed at times and was easily bullied by Basel. His deliveries from set-pieces were the highlight of the game for him. Should have done so much better.


21 Ander Herrera

In the first half, Herrera had a good game. His take-down was applauded by Mourinho and he was dilligent throughout but could have got involved more in the second half. After Pogba left the pitch, United's creativity was not present.


27 Marouane Fellaini

Had the chance to score a hat-trick of headers in the first half with United dominating the game. After that, his influence in the game was non-existent.


14 Jesse Lingard

On his 100th appearance for United, he covered much of the pitch but never really got a hold on the game. Replaced by Rashford on the 64th minute.


6 Paul Pogba

The Frenchman was the Man of the Match for United again. He set up Lukaku early in the game, but nothing came of the attempt. When Pogba left the pitch, the creativity went with him, which should not have been the case. United rely on Pogba too much. There are passengers in this team and that needs to change.


9 Anthony Martial

Had a lively match. Got amongst the chances and created some of his own. The cross to Fellaini which clipped the post, then he was denied by the goalkeeper himself.


Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian put in the effort but could not find that goal. He had the chance one-on-one with the keeper, but failed to find the back of the net.



10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Lingard 64'. Put in the effort, could have scored but his shot was just wide. Tried.


31 Nemanja Matic

Replaced Pogba 66'. Did what he needed to do. A lack of creativity by the team after Pogba left stunted United and left them getting what they deserved.


10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Replaced Martial 74'. Got involved in the game. Had a combined effort with Lukaku, but missed his shot. Early days to write him off.


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