Brilliant Mkhitaryan – The Best And The Worst Rated Manchester United Players vs Zorya

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The Red Devils secured qualifications for the next rounds of the Europa League after earning a 2-nil victory against Zorya at Ukraine.

Despite a poor pitch condition that had threatened to postpone the game earlier on, and a frustrating first half, Manchester United still managed to bag 2 goals via Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic.

The win saw them finish as runners-up in Group A behind Fenerbahçe, and Mourinho will now hope to get favourable draws in the subsequent knockout stages.

Here is how his men fared against the Ukrainian side on a cold evening.

Romero

Made some fine saves and was at alert on the few occasions the hosts threatened United’s goal.

Rating : 8/10

Young

Had a fine performance on the right side of the defence as he kept Zorya’s attackers well in check.

Also made few attacking dashes towards the hosts’ half.

Rating : 7/10

Bailly

Eric Bailly made his first appearance for United since October

Returned to action for the first time in many weeks following a knock and made vital blocks, interceptions and clearances, showing no sign of rustiness. Had an attempt on goal following a scissors kick.

Was lucky to escape a needless 2nd booking seconds to the end of the game.

Rating : 8/10

Rojo

A solid and assuring performance from the Argentine who dispossessed Karavayev to allow Mkhitaryan race towards the hosts’ box to open the scoring in the 2nd half.

Rating : 8/10

Blind

Lacked pace as usual and couldn’t help to contribute to the attack on the left wing.

Looked out of position and lacking in match fitness.

Rating : 7/10

Pogba

A lot of showboating and extravagant display from the £89 million – man.

Laid in a fine assist for Zlatan’s goal and did attempt some long-range efforts himself.

Rating : 8/10

Rooney

Except for a shot Zorya’s goalie had to make a crucial save for, the skipper didn’t do anything noteworthy, with his passes too weak and his speed too slow.

Could have been as a result of the weather and little match fitness.

Rating : 7/10

Herrera

Controlled the midfield, was influential in linking with the frontline well and also did pretty good to shield his defenders.

Rating : 8/10

Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's superb solo goal guided Manchester United into the Europa League last 32

His first goal in a Manchester United Jersey just had to be pure class.

He opened the scoring after United’s struggles with a trademark run few metres away from the centre circle, fooling the defenders into tracking Rooney, and nutmegging one before sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to finish calmly.

Rating : 9/10

Ibrahimovic

Scored the decisive goal with a cool finish having been let through by Pogba’s key pass with only the goalie to beat.

Rating : 8/10

Mata

Pedestrian display that saw him rightly withdrawn in the 2nd half.

Perhaps the cold weather and the poor pitch condition combined to limit his performance.

Rating : 6/10

SUBSTITUTES

Lingard

Came close to getting United’s 2nd upon his entrance and looked to inject urgency into the attack.

Rating : 7/10

Fellaini

Hit a header off target with an opportunity and kept the hosts from creating much in midfield upon his introduction.

Rating : 6/10

Fosu-Mensah

Came on as a very late sub and couldn’t do much.

Rating : N/A

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