Player ratings: Ajax 0 Manchester United 2

Player ratings: Ajax 0 Manchester United 2

Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan got the all-
important goals as Manchester United saw off Ajax
in the Europa League final, but how did all the
players stack up individually?
AJAX
Andre Onana: 5
The former Barcelona youngster looked nervous
early on and was beaten by United's first shot on
target, although there was not much he could do
about Pogba's opener following the wicked
deflection off Davinson Sanchez. Did well to deny
Valencia halfway through the first half, but
conceded again on United's third attempt on goal
as Mkhitaryan poked home from close range.
Joel Veltman: 6
Hardly ever troubled during the opening 45 minutes
as he kept Mkhitaryan at bay with ease. Lost a
crucial duel early in the second half, though, as the
Armenia international reacted alert to make it 2-0.
Davinson Sanchez: 6
Was unfortunate to deflect Pogba's shot past
Onana for the opener. Strong as ever in the
personal duels, but uncharacteristically sloppy on
the ball.
Matthijs de Ligt: 7
Became the youngest ever player in a major
European final with his appearance in Stockholm
and was Ajax's best defender on the night. Put in a
strong performance to keep Rashford quiet and
was tidy on the ball.
Jairo Riedewald: 5
Took the suspended Nick Viergever's place in the
starting XI, but endured a difficult evening. His poor
throw-in led to the opener and he was beaten too
easily by Valencia in the 23rd minute, allowing the
right-back to test Onana with a powerful shot.
Davy Klaassen: 5
The Ajax captain was partned with Pogba and
came out second best for the majority of the game.
Allowed the France international too much space
as he unleashed a shot from the edge of the box
that led to the opener.
Lasse Schone: 5
A rare experienced head in the Ajax XI, but he was
unable to show the Amsterdammers the way. Never
stood a chance against Fellaini in the air as he
was beaten time and time again by the Belgium
international.
Hakim Ziyech: 5
Ajax's big-money signing failed to add some
much-needed creativity to his team as their
attackers were hardly ever reached. Kept out of the
game by Herrera.
Bertrand Traore: 7
The Chelsea loanee made a lively start and caused
Darmian all kinds of problems before the break.
Forced Romero into a good save with a powerful
shot in the ninth minute.
Kasper Dolberg: 4
Hugely talented, but endured a miserable evening
as he hardly touched the ball. Unable to shake off
Smalling and unsurprisingly hooked after the
break.
Amin Younes: 5
Made an encouraging start when he danced past
Valencia before setting up Traore, but largely
anonymous from there on.
Substitutes
David Neres: 5
Took the disappointing Dolberg's place after the
break. Poor finishing prevented him from adding
his name to the score sheet well into stoppage
time.
Donny van de Beek: 6
Brought on for Schone with 20 minutes left on the
clock and could have pulled one back in the 87th
minute, only to aim a shot straight at Romero.
Frenkie de Jong: Too late to mark
MANCHESTER UNITED
Sergio Romero: 7
Was not tested too much, but showed his class
whenever called upon. Made a fine save to deny
Traore in the opening stages of the game.
Antonio Valencia: 7
Beaten too easily by Younes early on, but
recovered well to keep the German winger quiet.
Came close to finding the net when he tested
Onana with a stinging shot from a tough angle.
Chris Smalling: 8
Solid as a rock in defence as he completely
nullified Dolberg. Capped a fine outing by providing
the assist for the 2-0 by winning the aerial
challenge after a corner.
Daley Blind: 6
Provided his fellow defenders with cover whenever
needed. Made a vital interception before the break
when Traore appeared to be on his way to Romero.
Matteo Darmian: 6
Had a difficult evening against Traore as the
Burkina Faso international kept on taking on his
direct opponent. Held his own in the end, but did
need Blind's help on one or two occasions.
Paul Pogba: 7
Might have had a fair bit of luck, but scored the
crucial opener to put United in command. Held the
edge over Ajax captain Klaassen throughout the
game, not shying away from his defensive duties.
Ander Herrera: 7
Did a great job shielding United's back-four and
shutting out Ziyech. Did not get involved too much
on the ball, but has every reason to be satisfied
with his display.
Marouane Fellaini: 8
Did well to set up Pogba for the 1-0 and was key
to United's tactic on the evening, winning the large
majority of his aerial duels as Jose Mourinho's
men went for the direct route forward.
Juan Mata: 5
Got the nod ahead of Jesse Lingard down the right,
but did at no point proved Mourinho right.
Ineffective throughout the game and fortunate not
to be dismissed for a late tackle on De Ligt.
Marcus Rashford: 5
United's main man up front lacked the support to
make much of an impact, often finding himself up
against at least two defenders. Bullied off the ball
more than once by De Ligt and Sanchez.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 6
Put in an absolute horror performance in the
opening 45 minutes, losing possession time and
time again as well as conceding a yellow card
after a number of silly fouls. Had one good moment
all evening, but it was a decisive one as he
doubled United's lead with a clever finish from
close range.
Substitutes
Jesse Lingard: 5
Replaced Mkhitaryan in the 74th minute. Could
have netted a third, but hesitated too long.
Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney: Too late to
mark

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