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Atletico Madrid 1-1 Manchester United: the Red Devils player ratings 

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Despite showcasing a productive display, Atletico Madrid failed to beat Manchester United in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 as the game ended by 1-1. 

The hosts started the game in a blistering manner and got the lead early in the game thanks to the contribution from Joao Felix. The Rojiblancos dominated the first half and didn’t let the visitors play. Meanwhile, the Red Devils looked out of sorts at the start and the midfielders gave the ball away cheaply which allowed Diego Simeone’s side to impose their authority in the game. 

Ralf Rangnick’s side finally got the equaliser, 10 minutes from the time when Reinaldo made a bad mistake which allowed substitute Anthony Elanga to finish off the chance. 

Manchester United player ratings against Atletico Madrid:

David De Gea – 6/10 

Despite the hosts’ dominance, the Spaniard did not require to make any save as the Rojiblancos only managed one shot on target which ended up in the back of the net. 

Victor Lindelof – 7/10 

The Swedish defender started in an unfamiliar position but did extremely well and made a crucial block in the first half. 

Raphael Varane – 6/10 

The Frenchman looked shaky in the first half but settled down well as the game progressed. 

Harry Maguire – 4.5/10 

Failed to mark Felix on the goal and with the ball he was too slow. 

Luke Shaw – 5/10 

The Englishman didn’t have a great time and was taken off in the second half. 

Fred – 5/10 

Failed to take control of the midfield and lost ball multiple times which created transitional moments for the opponent. 

Pogba – 4/10 

Looked lethargic in the first half and lost balls on several occasions. But, played better in the second half. 

Bruno Fernandes – 4.5/10 

Although assisted the goal, he had a torrid time. Struggled to cope with the intensity of the opponent and misplaced passes on multiple occasions. 

Marcus Rashford – 3/10 

The Englishman continues to struggle in this season and failed to produce anything positive for his team. 

Jadon Sancho – 6/10 

The youngster didn’t have much joy going forward but worked hard off the ball and made a crucial interception in the first half. 

Cristiano Ronaldo – 5/10 

The Portuguese star was anonymous and he was isolated in the opposition box. 

Substitute:

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6/10 

Did well after coming on and didn’t allow the opposition to attack from his side. 

Alex Telles – 6/10 

Defensively he looked a bit shaky but going forward looked threatening. 

Nemanja Matic – 6/10 

Took control of the midfield after replacing Pogba. 

Anthony Elanga – 7/10 

Took the opportunity brilliantly and should start ahead of Rashford. 

Jesse Lingard – 6/10 

The Englishman did not have enough time to influence the game. 

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