It was a quiet night for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot and Scott McTominay got the better of him in their Champions League quarter-final first leg clash on Wednesday.
Concise News brings to you how each player was rated during the cause of the match.
David de Gea: 7
De Gea produced an excellent save in the 36 minutes as he used his feet to deny Luis Suarez then thwarted Jorda Alba when Barcelona put their foot down.
Ashley Young: 4
Young was wasteful as he wasted possession 30 times, he looked so ordinary without being able to make a decent cross of the ball into the 18yard box of the opponent.
Chris Smalling: 7
Looked fully up for this one and clattered Lionel Messi midway through the first half which did take the edge off Barcelona for the remainder of the encounter. Suarez knew he was in a game up against the United centre-back.
Victor Lindelof: 6
Lindelof was overwhelmed in the first 45 minutes but came back stronger with an Improved game after the break.
Luke Shaw: 6
Luke Shaw was Unfortunate to have scored the only goal that separated both teams. His deflection from Suarez’s header took the ball past De Gea. However, he was at his best with a disciplined defensive work.
Diogo Dalot: 7
20-year-old, Diogo Dalot was one of the sensations of the night as he was neat and tidy with the ball while also providing his front-men with good service, unlike most of his team-mates.
Scott McTominay: 7
McTominay got himself involved in the game from the beginning to the end he was Busy and full of aggression.
The Brazilian showed good energy but was not particularly dominant against a Barcelona midfield that was strolling in second gear for large parts.
Paul Pogba: 6
Pogba did not do much as he was below per with his performance. players of his quality should be making the difference yet he went missing for the majority.ore.
Romelu Lukaku: 4
Poor hold-up play on his part restricted United’s ability to build their attacks, especially in the early period which was dominated by Barcelona. His substitution for Anthony Martial was met with cheers from some sections of the home crowd.
Marcus Rashford: 6
The service into him was non-existent. He bubbled towards the centre of the game on a couple of occasions but his long-range shooting let him down with all four of them woefully off target.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen: 7
A clean sheet but he was not called into action against a toothless United attack.
Nelson Semedo: 8
His direct approach down the flank provided a great outlet and carried the quality to feed his attackers.
Gerard Pique: 8
Produced one of a few important tackles – this particular one on Martial – with the clock ticking down.
Clement Lenglet: 5
A very nervy showing from a player that has been earning rave reviews domestically. Rashford should take plenty of confidence from this battle ahead of the second leg.
Jordi Alba: 7
Full of energy and quality. Pushed United back.
Sergio Busquets: 6
Constantly fouling in the first half and was perhaps lucky not to pick up a second booking for three fouls that looked yellow card worthy.
Ivan Rakitic: 7
Classy. Kept things ticking over in midfield.
Moved the ball stylishly down Barcelona’s left with Philippe Coutinho and Alba without ever having a major influence on the game.
Luis Suarez: 7
On the end of some verbal treatment from the home galleries and Smalling coped well with his threat. However, it was his header that proved the difference.
Philippe Coutinho: 6
Some silky flicks and close control helped Barcelona edge ahead in the early stages. You feel he will have a greater influence at the Nou Camp when Barca decide to put their foot down.
Many will have wanted to see more from ‘the Messiah’ on just his second Champion League visit to Old Trafford.
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