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Manchester United swede past FC Basel on Wednesday at Old Trafford and came out victorious in the first Champions League match in group stage.

Manchester United won the match with an emphatic scoreline of 3-0.

The Red Devils started the European campaign with a positive result having played their first Champions League match in two years.

Again the match against FC Basel turned towards United after Marouane Fellaini stepped onto the field having substituted for Pogba. Paul Pogba limped off after succumbing to a hamstring injury.

Pogba lead the side as captain against FC Basel only to leave the match after 19 minutes.

FC Basel never lost at Old Trafford in the previous two meetings but they looked nothing closer to Manchester United’s dominance in the game.

Here we rate the player performances of United on a total of 10:

On Goal

David de Gea: 7.0

Had nothing much to do in his first European appearance since November 2016.

Made an amazing athletic save to fend off Elyounoussi in the second half.

Another deserving clean sheet. 100th for the club.

Faced no problem playing behind a new backline.


Daley Blind: 6.5

Again started the game as the left back after Darmian stuttered against Stoke.

Assist for Lukaku was the highlight of his performance against FC Basel.

Good balanced attacking in this match by Blind. Few moments of indiscipline in defense

Chris Smalling: 6.0

Won a number of headers against FC Basel players.

Have to be more commanding with rest of his backline to cement his place in the starting eleven.

But a good game to return to the team.

Victor Lindelof: 6.5

Showed composure with the backline except for some shaky moments due to lack of first team play.

Could have given a penalty in the second half due to rash sliding.

Enjoyed a relatively serene night.

Ashley Young: 8.0

In the starting line-up for the first time this season, shone as a right back.

Alert throughout the match both up and down, troubled Basel’s 3-4-3 formation with his play.

His superb assist to Fellaini set Manchester United going in the first half.

Almost bagged himself a goal in the second half with some trickery.


Paul Pogba: 6.0

Started the game as the captain for the visitors.

Not much effective for United as he suffered an injury in the 19th minute and was substituted.

But was creative as usual and showed his physical presence until he came off.

Nemanja Matic: 7.0

Another excellent performance from the Serb. Showed his conventional vigilance and positivity on the field.

His positional awareness backed Fellaini to thrive and move forward at will.

May not hit the headlines, but controlled the midfield with his physicality.

Anthony Martial: 6.0

His most subdued performance for the season so far. Couldn’t have much impact on the game.

Troubled the Basel defense with his trickery and pace before being replaced.

Was out-performed by his teammate on the opposite flank as most of the attack came from the right flank in the first half.

Juan Mata: 6.5

Is a compulsory player for a 4-2-3-1 formation. Often interchanged positions with Mhkitaryan with ease.

Struggled to impact the game due to bad weather conditions.

Proved clever at moments and was tidy in possession.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 6.5

Lively throughout the game but faded during the second half.

Came close to scoring a goal having hit the post in the 6-yard box.

Enjoying a better second season with United but needs a goal to cap off his performances.


Romelu Lukaku: 8.0

Netted his sixth goal for the season with great header. Showed his goal scoring prowess.

Though not known for his hold-up play, created a no. of chances for his teammates and invited them regularly.

Was constant handful for the Basel backline and displayed his selfless play with a deserving goal.


Marouane Fellaini: 8.5

Again scored after coming as a substitute. Slowly proving why Mourinho relies on him so much.

Even assisted one for Marcus Rashford.

Was commanding in the midfield having Matic holding his back.

His importance is increasing. Excellent performance from the Belgian.

FC Basel

Marcus Rashford: 7.0

Third goal of the season for the young English international.

Another debut goal, this time in the Champions League. Continues to impress at all stages.

Composed during the match with another great performance.

Jesse Lingard: 6.0

Freshened up the play after coming on.

Needs to play much better to go ahead of Rashford and Martial.

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Amiya Saha
Avid follower of Manchester United FC. Have blind faith on the Red Devils at any point. Waiting to see Manchester United bring back the Ferguson era. Has a dream to watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford live.

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