World Cup Russia 2018


Manchester United v Inter Milan - Player Ratings - United win on penalties

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Manchester United joined Inter Milan at FedExField in Washington as they continued their journey in the International Champion Cup, the contest would see the English side meet with Nemanja Vidic for the first time since his departure from the club.

Louis Van Gaal once again rolled out his preferred formation of 3-5-2 but left big summer singing Luke Shaw on the bench after the left back was ordered to train on his own to work on his match fitness, instead the dutchman employed Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young as his wing backs for the contest.

The game was a cagey affair with United having the better of the opportunities, however due to the rules of the International Champions Cup, when the game reached 90 minutes the players headed for a shootout.

Some expertly dispatched penalties were presented before substitute Marco Andreolli crashed Inter's fourth attempt against the bar and captain Darren Fletcher stepped up and sealed the victory for United with a confident spot kick, 0-0 (5-3) Manchester United on penalties.

Player Ratings

Anders Lindegaard - (Sub off 45) - Never really troubled by the opposition after being given the start by Van Gaal, most of his work came through distribution - 5

Chris Smalling - (Sub off 45) - Often using his strength and positioning to ease the strikers out of scoring opportunities, the back three including Smalling prevented any clear cut chances for the opposition strikers - 5

Phil Jones - (Sub off 45) - Jones had the best opportunity of the first half when the big centre back connected with a corner and fired his diving header towards goal, great save by the keeper halted Jones grabbing an opener - 6

Jonny Evans - Willing to throw himself into the tackle and make the required block's from long range efforts, Evans again looked comfortable working in a back three and even moved forward looking to probe with his passing - 7

Antonio Valencia - (Sub off 45) - The winger is adjusting to life as a wing back under United's new system but the friendly really showcased the strengths Valencia possesses, the Ecuadorian is willing to bomb forward and also track his man defensively, unfortunate to be yellow carded - 6

Darren Fletcher - Once again selected as captain, Fletcher marshalled the midfield and played the full allotted time for his club, the Scot has completely taken to the style of play wanted by Van Gaal and is comfortable to get the ball forward to his fellow playmakers, Also scored the winning penalty for the Red Devils - 6

Anders Herrera - (Sub off 45) - A quieter performance from the big summer signing but still found himself linking well with the players in more advanced positions, exudes confidence whilst in control of the ball - 6

Ashley Young - Young selected as the left wing back instead of Shaw showed a valuable competency at the position and his potency from wide was a prosperous outlet for his team, creating chances with his whipped delivery adds to another impressive outing, fantastic opening penalty in the shootout - 7

Juan Mata - (Sub off 45) - The little spaniard continues to employed just behind the striker and his sharp passing and work off Rooney is a joy to behold, had a few sights of goal including a fired effort which drifted just wide of the post but the one touch football he is very much a part of is encouraging - 7

Wayne Rooney (Sub off 45) - Rooney looked lively and alert for United and his movement off the ball gave the Inter defenders a lot of trouble, with inventive and creative intentions, Rooney fashioned a few chances in a cagey first half but was unable to find the net - 7

Danny Welbeck - (Sub off 45) - Consistently offered himself as an outlet ball up front, Welbeck's pace in behind kept the defenders honest and allowed playmakers like Mata and Rooney to operate, unfortunately opportunities did not present themselves for the forward - 6 

David De Gea - (Sub on 45) - Made one brilliantly agile save to deny a long range free kick attempt, gloriously tipping the ball over the bar, close to a few efforts in the shootout - 6

Michael Keane - (Sub on 45) - Keane worked within the ethos the side is developing and took to his centre back role with a determination and willingness to work for his fellow teammates, provided a solid shift - 6

Tyler Blackett - (Sub on 45) - Naturally a left back, Blackett took up the position as the left sided centre back when entering the fray and faired well with cover for Shaw who was encouraged to get forward, neatly passed out from the back - 6

Tom Cleverley - (Sub on 45) - Full of energy and very much involved in United going forward, bridged the gap between defence and attack, he also wasn't afraid to mix it up in the middle of the park, side footed his penalty and sent the keeper the wrong way - 7

Luke Shaw - (Sub on 45) - Believed to have been working on his fitness earlier in the day, Shaw started the game on the bench before being introduced in the second half, keeping it simple the 19-year-old is still appears to be adjusting to his new team - 5

Shinji Kagawa - (Sub on 45) - Following in the performance of Mata, Kagawa once again played in the attacking midfield position and looked to set his wingers and strikers on runs ahead of him, joining the play later from deep. Comfortable penalty in the shootout - 5

Wilfried Zaha - (Sub on 45) - Showed his youthful exuberance and willingness to dribble at defenders despite it not coming off on occasions, however his determination created opportunities in the second half - 6

Luis Nani - (Sub on 45, Sub off 76) - Nani was brought on at half time to be featured up front alongside Zaha, however chances did not fall his way and he was brought off for the introduction of 'Chicharito' - 4

Javier Hernandez - (Sub on 76) - With his usual enthusiasm and energy off the bench, Hernandez harried defenders and often looked for little openings of goal to find his opportunity, stroked his penalty home well - 6

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