Manchester United falter again in Europa League, Lose to Feyenoord of Holland
Manchester United stumbled once again in the Europa League on Thursday night, losing 1-0 in Rotterdam to Feyenoord.
Jose Mourinho made eight changes from the starting line up that had faced Manchester City on the weekend; few of the newcomers shone.
Interestingly, Mourinho in his pre-match conference did sound quite uncharitable with the Europa league competition all but calling it a waste of his time. It would appear his players felt the same way as they looked disinterested most of the game whilst the hosts looked like they wanted it more.
Here are ratings of the Players:
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1)
DAVID DE GEA – 6
Left with very little to do for most of the night, and let down badly by his defence on Feyenoord’s goal, a brilliantly-worked (if offside) counter attack.
MATTEO DARMIAN – 5
Outpaced by the opposition on a few occasions and unable to make much case for himself as a viable alternative to Antonio Valencia.
ERIC BAILLY – 6
Looked solid starting alongside mooted first-choice central defence partner Chris Smalling for the first time. Survived a first-half injury scare when he picked up a dead leg after being struck in the thigh making a clearance.
CHRIS SMALLING – 5.5
Composed if a little slow in his first start since returning to full fitness. Should be in line to hold onto his place in Jose’s plans.
MARCUS ROJO – 4
Clearly short of match practice, and caught out enough times to give Feyenoord a gameplan: ‘have a go at that lad’. United’s poorest on the night.
ANDER HERRERA – 5.5
Brought into the side along with Schneiderlin in a double-pivot to provide Pogba with additional cover going forward. Looked vulnerable for Feyenoord’s goal.
MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN – 5
Read the game well in the middle of the park with some key first-half interceptions, but didn’t offer much push in his duties as a deep-lying playmaker.
JUAN MATA – 5.5
Failed to provide width in a quiet performance, and was well worth his substitution just past the hour mark.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC (for Rashford 63) – 6
Made his physical presence known immediately, opening up aerial options.
ASHLEY YOUNG (for Mata 63) – 5
Fluffed a good chance with five minutes remaining.
MEMPHIS DEPAY (for Martial 63) – 5
Made a key covering tackle when United were throwing the kitchen sink forward.
MANAGER: JOSE MOURINHO – 5
Not to be left out, he placed too much faith in the players who started the match to get a job done. Showed decisiveness in his triple substitution, but it didn’t bring the result he was looking for.
FEYENOORD (4-1-4-1): Jones 7, Van der Heijden 6.5, Kongolo 7, Botteghin 6.5, Karsdorp 6.5, Trindade 7, El Ahmadi 8, Kuyt 6.5, Berghuis 6 (Basacikoglu 68, 6), Jorgensen 6, Toornstra 6.5
Referee: Manzano (ESP) – 7
Kept a capable hold on the game; the missed offside call was his assistant’s