Here are the Manchester United player ratings from their victory against FC Sheriff in the second group-stage match of the 2022/23 Europa League. A steady performance culminated in a much-needed three points as the Red Devils secured their first victory in the current Europa League campaign, beating the Moldovan League Champions by 2-0 on last Thursday.
Having deployed a strong starting line-up, Erik ten Hag’s side remained the dominant team for most of the game, with the Red Devils now expected to deliver a result against rival Manchester City in their next Premier League outing in October.
A lethargic start to the game saw United struggle to maximise possession with the home side having resorted to a cautious approach. Following a slew of missed opportunities in the initial minutes of the game, a display of exceptional control followed by an incisive finish saw Jadon Sancho open the scoring on the evening as the visitors continued to grow into the game over the remainder of the first half.
Whilst the Moldovan side continued to physically impose themselves on the opposition in a bid to nullify United’s progression up the pitch, a mistimed tackle on Diogo Dalot inside the penalty box resulted in the hosts conceding a penalty in the 39th minute of the evening.
Yet to open his goal-scoring account for the season ahead of the decision, a confident Cristiano Ronaldo ensured that United doubled their lead against Sheriff from the spot before the break, with the visitors then subsequently resorting to simply managing the game over the course of the second half.
Although rusty in their application on the pitch owing to a disruption in fixtures, United will be keen on readying themselves for a significant tie against City in October, with Ten Hag expected to settle for nothing less than three points at the Etihad against their derby rivals.
Man United Player Ratings Vs Sheriff: Starting XI
David De Gea (GK) – 6/10: Relatively untested throughout the ninety minutes, De Gea remained a reliable figure between the sticks. Although having found himself at the end of a couple of nervy moments around the penalty box, the United keeper delivered a decent performance against Sheriff.
Diogo Dalot (RB) – 6/10: Having struggled to impose himself on the opposition, Dalot remained a relatively passive presence for most of the ninety minutes. Although expected to remain a regular part of the starting line-up, the Portuguese full-back will be keen on delivering consistent performances moving forward.
Raphael Varane (RCB) – 6/10: Consistent in his application, Varane remained rock solid at centre-back on Thursday. Unlikely to be displaced anytime soon, the Frenchman will be hoping to remain fit whilst continuing to contribute to the team’s prospects over the coming weeks.
Lisandro Martinez (LCB) – 7/10: Brilliant in his approach in possession while serving as an imposing figure in the backline, Martinez delivered a notable performance against Sheriff. Expected to play a vital role in the team’s prospects for the season, the Argentine will be keen on continuing to remain consistent over the coming fixtures.
Tyrell Malacia (LB) – 6/10: Having established himself as a vital part of United’s defensive robustness in recent weeks, Malacia emerged amongst the reliable performers on Thursday. Unlikely to be displaced anytime soon, the Dutch full-back will be keen on continuing to deliver notable contributions moving forward.
Scott McTominay (CM) – 6/10: Substituted at half-time, McTominay delivered an average performance against Sheriff. Expected to retain his place in the starting line-up against City, the Scotsman will be keen on delivering notable performances over the coming weeks.
Christian Eriksen (CM) – 7/10: Having established himself as a vital part of the team’s capabilities in possession, Eriksen delivered a notable performance against Sheriff. Having registered an assist for the opening goal of the evening, the Danish midfielder is expected to remain a vital cog in executing Ten Hag’s philosophy on the pitch moving forward.
Antony (RW) – 6/10: Although unimpactful for most of the game, Antony remained a viable threat on the flank on Thursday. Expected to retain his place in the starting line-up moving forward, the new summer signing will be keen on improving his contributions over the coming weeks.
Bruno Fernandes (CAM) – 6/10: Disciplined in his approach, Fernandes remained a calculative figure on the pitch against Sheriff. Having undergone a transformation in his game subject to Ten Hag’s requirements, the Portuguese midfielder is likely to continue enduring a period of transition moving forward.
Jadon Sancho (LW) – 7/10: United’s most potent threat in attack on Thursday, Sancho delivered a stellar performance against Sheriff. Having contributed with important goals this season, the winger will be keen on delivering notable displays over the coming weeks.
Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) – 6/10
Although having converted the penalty, Ronaldo only managed to deliver a minimal contribution to United’s attacking prowess against Sheriff. Unlikely to retain his place against City, the Portuguese international will be keen on making a case for a spot in the starting line-up moving forward.
Man United Player Ratings Vs Sheriff: Substitutions
Casemiro (CDM) – 6/10: Introduced at half-time, Casemiro emerged as a robust presence in midfield. Having added tenacity in defensive transitions against Sheriff, the Brazilian will be keen on securing a starting spot over the busy period of fixtures.
Luke Shaw (LB) – 6/10: Introduced to gain valuable minutes on the pitch following his recovery, Shaw will be keen on making a case for a starting spot moving forward.
Anthony Elanga (LW) – 6/10: Replacing Ronaldo late into the game, Elanga emerged as a lively presence for the last ten minutes against Sheriff. Expected to be given cameos across all competitions over the congested period of fixtures, the Swedish winger will be keen on delivering notable cameo performances over the coming weeks.
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Harry Maguire (RCB) – 6/10: Introduced in the dying minutes, Maguire remained a steady presence in the backline. Unlikely to regain his place in the starting line-up anytime soon, the centre-back will be hoping to best utilise his opportunities moving forward.
Alejandro Garnacho (ST) – 6/10: Introduced alongside Maguire, Garnacho remained a steady presence in attack. With the squad expected to be heavily rotated owing to the fixture list, the youngster will be hoping to gain valuable game-time over the coming weeks.
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