Manchester United put visitors Feyenoord to the sword as they defeated the Dutch side 4-0 at Old Trafford. United began slowly taking a lead through captain Wayne Rooney, but took the control of the game as the game wore on.
It was an attacking masterclass from United in the second half as goals from Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and an own-goal from Feyenoord goalkeeper Brad Jones meant the Red Devils ran clear winners.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan returned to action from his long exile and showed why he is such highly regarded in the football world. Wayne Rooney put in a performance that would have made his critics eat their words as he reached to within two goals of becoming United’s highest ever goal-scorer.
On a night where Old Trafford was set alight with some majestic football, we take a look at how each player fared:
Sergio Romero – 7
Made a brilliant double save early in the game to deny Feyenoord the lead with the score at 0-0. Wasn’t called upon much after that. Looked composed with the ball at his feet. Deserved the clean sheet.
Antonio Valencia – 7
Another strong showing at right-back for the Ecuadorian as he kept Elia in check for most of the game. Was always available for support when United attacked, setting up Lingard’s late strike.
Phil Jones – 7
Struggled at times when Elia cut inside from the left but wasn’t troubled much apart from that. Another good showing by the Englishman after returning from injury.
Daley Blind –7
Looked sharp as he did not give an inch to Jorgensen throughout the match. Picked good balls from the deep regularly.
Luke Shaw – 7
Marked his return to first team action with a neat display, combining well with Mkhitaryan on the left on the overlap.
Michael Carrick – 7
Carrick at his best for United as he controlled the game brilliantly from deep. His range of passing was spot on and was solid enough defensively as well.
Paul Pogba – 7
Displayed great energy throughout the duration of the game covering every blade of grass. Was caught in possession a couple of times but other than that, a good game for the record signing.
Juan Mata – 8
Was brilliant as has been the norm this season playing on the right flank. Linked up brilliantly with Rooney for his goal, the second for United. The goal was his last touch as Mourinho replaced the Spaniard with Rashford.
Wayne Rooney – 8
Showed signs of his past self with some slick passing and a delicately taken goal in the first half. Became United’s highest goal-scorer for United in European competitions with his 39th strike. Capped the performance with a masterly assist for Juan Mata’s strike. Subbed off with less than ten minutes remaining.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 8.5
Wow. Where had Mourinho kept Mkhitaryan till now? Was at the heart of everything good for United, his touches, his energy, his link-up play with the likes of Rooney, Ibrahimović and Mata was everything a United fan would have hoped for. Made a huge statement. Deserved a goal for his performance.
Zlatan Ibrahimović – 6
Looked lethargic in the early stages of the game, but grew in as the game progressed. Held up the ball beautifully to assist his captain Rooney for United’s first. His cut-back led to United’s third goal, off the feet of Feyenoord’s goalkeeper.
Marcus Rashford – 7
Started superbly with a marauding run down the left-hand side. Was involved in the third goal for United, putting the match to bed. Impact substitution for the Red Devils.
Memphis Depay – NA
Did not make any sort of impact in attack after coming on for Rooney in the 82nd minute.
Jesse Lingard – 8
Came on for Mkhitaryan late in the game. Forced Brad Jones into making a couple of good saves before finally beating the Feyenoord goalie with a brilliant strike to make it 4-0 in the stoppage time.