Manchester United are through to the last-16 of the Champions League but there’s not too much to shout about at Old Trafford right now.
In what should have been a comfortable night against Young Boys, Jose Mourinho’s side needed an injury-time goal for Marouane Fellaini to seal a 1-0 win.
They may have picked up all three points and progressed to the knockout stages of the competition, but it was far from convincing.
While fans weren’t too impressed with the 90 minutes, Mourinho was just happy to have qualified.
“We have qualified, that’s good,” Mourinho said.
“It was a very difficult group and to qualify with one match to go is obviously good. The performance had lots of good things but also lots of disappointed things. We lost too many chances, crucial chances in crucial moments of the game.
“In the Champions League we have qualified with one goal scored at home. It is a negative record. But it is fantastic that we have qualified from such a difficult group. So I think the boys feel it on their shoulders, but I have very tired players and that is what I like. It means that they gave everything and their effort was big.”
Mourinho might have defended his players in the post-match interview but Manchester Evening News weren’t quite so forgiven.
They did their usual player ratings following the win - and it was pretty ugly.
Six players were given a 5/10, while Anthony Martial was rated a shocking 3/10.
MAN UTD PLAYER RATINGS
Check out the ratings below:
David de Gea | 8/10
Antonio Valencia | 5/10
Chris Smalling | 7/10
Phil Jones | 7/10
Luke Shaw | 6/10
Nemanja Matic | 5/10
Marouane Fellaini | 7/10
Fred | 5/10
Jesse Lingard | 5/10
Anthony Martial | 3/10
Marcus Rashford | 5/10
Romelu Lukaku | 7/10
Paul Pogba | 6/10
Juan Mata | 5/10
That’s not pretty.
With the job done and dusted in Europe, United will now turn their attention to the Premier League - where they currently occupy seventh place.
And with clashes against Arsenal and Liverpool coming up in December, it could be a crucial month for Mourinho and his side.News Now - Sport News