Sheriff vs Manchester United Player Ratings

Sheriff Tiraspol vs Manchester United Summary

Manchester United secured a routine 2-0 win against Sheriff in the Europa League with Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho getting themselves on the scoresheet. Despite the win, United have all to play for with Real Sociedad top of Group E.

Erik ten Hag put out a strong United team following their defeat in their first group stage match. The first few minutes were nervy from the Reds, with the home side seeing plenty of the ball. However, after the initial pressure, the Red Devils took control of proceedings.

Sancho and Eriksen got themselves on the ball and United were in full control. Following a beautiful passage of play, Sancho put his side 1-0 up. Eriksen found the Englishman with a delightful reverse pass and Sancho kept his composure to slot United into the lead.

Sancho, 22, thought he had his second of the night, however his effort was cleared off the line. Moments later and Diogo Dalot was taken down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Cristiano Ronaldo put the ball on the spot and converted expertly.

After getting his first goal of the season, Ronaldo began to grow in confidence. The striker was unlucky not to add to his tally in the second half, with some great last ditch defending from Sheriff on display. For the remainder of this encounter, United kept the ball well, but they couldn’t extend their lead.

Manchester United vs Sheriff Player Ratings

David de Gea 7/10

Didn’t have much to do but dealt with everything thrown his way. A well-earned clean sheet for the Spaniard.

Diogo Dalot 6/10

Had some wayward moments especially in the first 20 minutes. Didn’t offer much down the right hand side with Antony. Won the penalty and was decent in possession.

Raphael Varane 8/10

A confident and assured perfromance from the Frenchman. Brilliant aerially and on the ball. Seems to be building a special relationship with Martinez.

Lisandro Martinez 8/10

Sharp to cut out counter attacks and proactive on the ball. Made numerous defence splitting passes. A solid shift from the Argentine.

Tyrell Malacia 7/10

Another promising performance from the young man. Showed his versatility when he switched to right back. Looked comfortable when occupying central positions.

Scott McTominay 7/10

A physical and dominant performance in the middle of the park. Involved in the goal and much more effective in possession.

Christian Eriksen 9/10

A man of the match display from the Dane. Simply sublime on the ball and a joy to watch. Demonstrated his excellent range of passing. Grabbed an assist by putting it on a plate for Sancho.

Bruno Fernandes 7/10

Calm on the ball and tried to unlock the Sheriff defence. Combined well with Ronaldo and saw his effort saved in the second half.

Antony 6/10

Involved in the goal but a quiet evening for the Brazilian. Showed some glimpses of his ability but didn’t get himself on the ball enough.

Jadon Sancho 8/10

Ruthless in front of goal. Controlled the ball expertly then kept his composure to beat his man and find the back of the net with his weaker foot. Almost got a second and looked much more confident. Absurd to think that Southgate didn’t call him up to the latest England squad.

Cristiano Ronaldo 7/10

Made some great runs and on another day he would have more goals to his name. Appears to be finding rhythm and looks more settled in the team. Converted his penalty with conviction.

Subs

Casemiro 6/10

Came on at half time and immediately got stuck into some challenges. Still needs time to adapt to United life.

Luke Shaw 6/10

Came on to seal the victory.

Anthony Elanga 6/10

Was involved in some nice build up play.

Harry Maguire N/A

Came on late.

Alejandro Garnacho N/A

Had insufficient time to impact proceedings.

Manager Erik ten Hag 7/10

Picked a strong team after defeat in the first game against Sociedad. Will be pleased with aspects he saw in this performance, especially in terms of build up play. Has also given minutes to players, who haven’t featured much.

Man of the Match: Christian Eriksen

Author: Rajan Sangha

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