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Man Utd 1-1 Villarreal (AET – Villarreal win on pens): Player ratings as Red Devils downed by Yellow Submarine

Player ratings from the Europa league final as Villarreal…




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Villarreal secured their first ever Europa League triumph as they beat Manchester United on penalties in Gdansk following a 1-1 draw after extra-time.

Unai Emery’s side took the lead against the run of play as Dani Parejo’s floated free kick found
Gerard Moreno at the back post and the Spaniard slotted home having escaped the attention of
Victor Lindelof.

Just ten minutes into the second half United finally drew level as the ball ricocheted around the Villarreal box following Marcus Rashford’s fierce strike, before Edinson Cavani showed his striker’s instinct to react first and tap into an empty net.

United continued to push forward in search of a winner but the Villarreal backline stood strong as the game entered extra-time, and after a turgid 30 minutes the referee’s whistle signalled it was time for penalties.

Every single penalty was converted with the score at 11-10 before David de Gea was forced to step up and his penalty was saved by Geronimo Rulli to hand Villarreal the win.

Let’s get to those all important United and Villarreal player ratings…

Eric Bailly challenges for a header
Eric Bailly challenges for a header | Adam Warzawa – Pool/Getty Images

David de Gea (GK) – 6/10 – Little he could do about Moreno’s opener but looked shaky with his distribution in the early stages. Hard to score him down considering he literally did nothing for most of the game except miss the penalty obviously.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 6/10 – Looked to surge forward a little more after United fell behind but couldn’t find any real moments of quality in the final third.

Victor Lindelof (CB) – 5/10 – Appalling defending for the Villarreal opener as he let Moreno run past him from a free kick and wasn’t strong enough or fast enough to recover.

Eric Bailly (CB) – 5/10 – Sat much too deep and invited pressure onto his side. Added plenty of pace to the backline which came in handy as Villarreal sprung the counter, but his defensive nous just isn’t there.

Luke Shaw (LB) – 7/10 – Played more like a left winger for much of the first half. Integral to United moving up the field as they pressed for an equaliser,

Paul Pogba brings the ball under his spell
Paul Pogba brings the ball under his spell | Michael Sohn – Pool/Getty Images

Scott McTominay (CM) – 7/10 – Should be embarrassed at himself after appealing for a penalty after falling over himself in the box. That aside, was the driving force in the midfield for United and one of the few to offer some urgency.

Paul Pogba (CM) – 7/10 – Sat a little deeper than normal and completed his defensive duties superbly. United really missed his attacking play in the final third with him back in the midfield.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) – 6/10 – Might as well have been sat watching from home given how little he impacted the game in the opening 45 minutes. Looked a little better in the second half but not his usual self.

Marcus Rashford started on the United left
Marcus Rashford started on the United left | Michael Sohn – Pool/Getty Images

Mason Greenwood (RW) – 7/10 – Looked very menacing down the United right but struggled with his final ball in the opening stages. Continued to work hard and didn’t give the Villarreal backline a second on the ball.

Edinson Cavani (ST) – 7/10 – Showed a great desire to work for the team but became increasingly frustrated and gave away some cheap free kicks. Real poacher’s goal to level the scores.

Marcus Rashford (LW) – 4/10 – Looked lively on the ball at times but nothing would come off for him and he endured a very frustrating night. Not the performance United needed from him on the big occasion.

Fred (CM) – 6/10

Axel Tuanzebe (CB) – N/A

Daniel James (RW) – N/A

Juan Mata (CM) – N/A

Alex Telles (LB) – N/A

Alfonso Pedraza shrugs off Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Alfonso Pedraza shrugs off Aaron Wan-Bissaka | Adam Warzawa – Pool/Getty Images

Geronimo Rulli (GK) – 6/10 – Looked like he’d been down the pub 15 minutes before kick off with the way he was flapping about at times. Not tested enough by the United forwards. Would have got a 5/10 if it wasn’t for his goal and winning save in the shootout.

Juan Foyth (RB) – 6/10 – Did well to step forward and deny Rashford too much room early on. Picked up a knock in the opening stages but battled on. Lucky not to be sent off following a bad challenge on Shaw.

Raul Albiol (CB) – 8/10 – Rolled back the years and looked an absolute monster at the heart of the Villarreal backline. Threw his body in the way of everything and was in the wars for the majority of the contest.

Pau Torres (CB) – 6/10 – In what was possibly his biggest audition for a move to United he was outshone by his ageing centre-back partner. That being said, he didn’t do too much wrong on the night.

Alfonso Pedraza (LB) – 5/10 – Given a bit of a torrid time by Mason Greenwood down the left-hand side, though he stuck to his task before being replaced late on.

Yeremi Pino holds off Luke Shaw
Yeremi Pino holds off Luke Shaw | Michael Sohn – Pool/Getty Images

Yeremi Pino (RM) – 7/10 – Very useful on the break and helped to drag his side up the field as United started to pile on the pressure.

Etienne Capoue (CM) – 6/10 – From Watford to the Europa League final – fair play. Forced to do a lot of defensive work and did it well, though little in the way of quality on the ball.

Dani Parejo (CM) – 7/10 – A little too eager to leap into challenges and gave away a number of needless free kicks. Nevertheless, did a lot of good work in his own half and swept up in midfield.

Manu Trigueros (LM) – 6/10 – Plenty of endeavour and running down the left-hand side but struggled to really impact proceedings in an attacking sense.

Gerard Moreno moves away from Paul Pogba
Gerard Moreno moves away from Paul Pogba | Michael Sohn – Pool/Getty Images

Gerard Moreno (ST) – 7/10 – Handed his side the lead with a neat finish at the back post. Looked busy all game and was the only one of the Villarreal side you thought could actually trouble David de Gea.

Carlos Bacca (ST) – 5/10 – Tasked with leading the line for the Spanish outfit. Very isolated for much of the game and was withdrawn in the second half.

Francis Coquelin (CM) – 5/10

Paco Alcacer (ST) – 6/10

Mario Gaspar (RB) – 6/10

Alberto Moreno (LB) – 5/10

Moi Gómez (AM) – 6/10

Source: 90 Mins

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