Manchester United vs PSG player ratings: Angel Di Maria stars, Ashley Young struggles

Player ratings: How every player performed in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg

Mark Critchley
Old Trafford
Tuesday 12 February 2019 23:12

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered his first defeat as Manchester United caretaker manager and Paul Pogba was sent off as Angel Di Maria returned to haunt his former club and help Paris St Germain take control of this Champions League last-16 tie.

The first competitive encounter between these sides went the way of the visitors at Old Trafford, where the Norwegian's first European game in charge saw the end of his 11-match unbeaten start to life in the hotseat.

PSG may have been without Neymar and Edinson Cavani but they boasted a player with a point to prove against United.

Di Maria rose to the occasion amid the jeers to superbly provide assists for Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe in a comfortable 2-0 first-leg win for the visitors.

As if Solskjaer's men were not already facing a mountain to climb on March 6, Pogba will miss the trip to the French capital after picking up a late second booking to compound injuries to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.

Player ratings

Manchester United

David de Gea - 7 out of 10

United’s stand-out performer, as usual. Denied Mbappé superbly with a second-half reaction save, having already frustrated PSG’s frontman in the first half.

Ashley Young - 5 out of 10

Up for the challenge, as the robust challenge on Di Maria showed, but found dangerously out of his depth.

Victor Lindelof - 5 out of 10

A performance to forget for the much-improved Swede, who had few answers to Mbappé, Di Maria and Draxler’s movement.

Eric Bailly - 5 out of 10

Preferred over Jones due to his speed but that extra yard of pace counted for little once Mbappe put on the afterburners.

Luke Shaw - 6 out of 10

Unable to support the attack as much as he would have liked though kept an ageing Dani Alves in check.

Nemanja Matic - 5 out of 10

Began well, intercepting play at key moments, but lost Kimpembe on the costly corner. He and United never recovered.

Paul Pogba - 6 out of 10

Marked closely by Marquinhos but managed to occasionally break loose. Late red card prevents him from a return to Paris.

Ander Herrera - 7 out of 10

Another who began well defensively but, like many of team-mates, tired and tailed off as PSG began to take control.

Jesse Lingard - 7 out of 10

United’s brightest outfield player in the first half until his evening was cut short by an apparent hamstring injury. Replaced by the woeful Alexis Sanchez.

Marcus Rashford - 5 out of 10

Failed to carry his domestic form into European competition and, short of a few moments of good link-up play, led the line ineffectively.

Anthony Martial - 5 out of 10

A subdued presence on the left flank until, like Lingard, his evening was cut short by injury.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been appointed manager of Oldham Athletic

Paris Saint-Germain

Gianluigi Buffon - 6 out of 10

The greatest goalkeeper of his generation spent the evening relatively undisturbed.

Thilo Kehrer - 7 out of 10

Picked out by some as a potential weak link but kept watch over both Martial and Sanchez, limiting their impact.

Thiago Silva - 8 out of 10

A reminder of his old, dominant self. Shut down the few United attacks which managed to make their way past PSG’s equally impressive midfield.

Presnel Kimpembe - 7 out of 10

Walked a tightrope after an early booking for fouling Rashford and had several hairy moments but more than made up for them with the goal.

Juan Bernat - 6 out of 10

Clattering tackle on Young earned a yellow. Appeared vulnerable when up against Lingard until his opposite number was forced off.

Marquinhos - 8 out of 10

Sat on Pogba when United were in possession and dominated the midfield contest, strangling Solskjaer’s attempts to prise open the visitors.

Marco Verratti - 7 out of 10

Started despite concerns over an ankle injury and performed well in the circumstances.

Dani Alves - 6 out of 10

Not his old, marauding self but that is understandable at 35 years of age.

Julian Draxler - 8 out of 10

Linked up well with Di Maria and Mbappe playing off him, even if he did not have a hand in either goal.

Angel di Maria - 8 out of 10

Booed from his very first touch and suffered from nerves in a difficult first half but responded brilliantly after the break, powering the Parisians to victory.

Kylian Mbappé - 8 out of 10

Had a quiet start, then suddenly hit the gas, motoring through United’s defence and scoring a deserved goal in the second half.

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