Manchester United secured their progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League in the last gameweek itself but won against 2nd place AZ Alkmaar tonight to confirm their finish atop the group. Although the away side started off looking very strong in the first half, four goals in the space of ten second-half minutes threw light on the situation. Mason Greenwood got on the scoresheet twice, while Juan Mata and Ashley Young picked up a goal each as well.

Here are the Manchester United players rated in their win over AZ.

Sergio Romero – 6

Although the away side were the dominant force for around sixty minutes of the tie, they never really managed to test the Argentine veteran in between the sticks.

Ashley Young – 6.5

Got forward well once United began to gain control in the latter stages, and passed it around well too. Had to take a shot on from a tight angle, but made sure to put it right in the top corner.

Axel Tuanzebe – 5

The youngster didn’t have a very good game in the heart of defence as his display was filled with unnecessary individual errors. Came back stronger towards the end though.

Harry Maguire – 6.5

The Englishman didn’t have too much to deal with in terms of balls into the box and hence had a rather comfortable evening. Ventured out in possession from the back at times.

Brandon Williams – 7.5

The full-back seems to be going from strength to strength, and his passing and movement was spot on tonight as well. Undoubtedly Ole’s best option at left-back right now.

James Garner – 6

The midfielder put up a good display with no moments of hesitation in the middle of the park. He moved the ball around well and tried to bring the United attackers into the game.

Nemanja Matic – 6

The Serbian was playing his first game since October but looked like he has picked up exactly where he left off. The long sweeping ball that he often plays will be a huge weapon for United.

Andreas Pereira – 6.5

The tricky midfielder showed excellent composure to keep the ball in some sticky situations, as was seen in his deft pass on the way to the United opener. Played some neat passes into space as well.

Juan Mata – 7

Although the Spaniard didn’t start very strong, once United took the lead, it’s as if his mood changed completely. Was a constant bundle of energy in the second half, and deservedly got a penalty goal.

Mason Greenwood – 8

The youngster keeps proving with every opportunity that he deserves to start for Manchester United, and the two brilliant goals he scored on the night showcase exactly why as well.

Anthony Martial – 5.5

The striker didn’t make any impact whatsoever and spent most of the night in Mason Greenwood’s shadow. Had a golden chance from less than six yards out, but leaned back and blasted over.


Tahith Chong – 6

Came on and played some good passes in and around the midfield area. Needs to work on his final delivery when inside the box though.

Ethan Laird – 6

Decent performance by the young full-back who was brought on to be given a little bit of game time.

Phil Jones – 6

The Englishman had a largely uneventful evening and was thrown on as United cruised to a comfortable victory.

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