Manchester United beat Partizan Belgrade 1-0 to win their first away game in all competitions for the first time since March, with one player performing really well in midfield.
Anthony Martial scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot late in the first-half on his return to the starting line up for the Red Devils.
There were numerous good performances from many United players in a difficult night for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
Phil Jones won six aerial duels and attempted five tackles as he was rated by WhoScored as the best player on the night.
Harry Maguire also performed valiantly for the north-west side in a difficult encounter. The former Leicester City man made the most clearances and won the second-most aerial duels in a key defensive display.
However, it was £18m-rated Scott McTominay in the middle of the park who provided the team with both defensive solidity and a key threat pushing forward into attacking areas.
Let’s start off in defensive positions, where the Scotland international made the most interceptions and the joint-most blocks as he shielded the back four well. This limited Partizan to just two shots on target, as he made an effective contribution to the side.
However, it was his passing which proved to be the biggest asset to the Old Trafford giants. The Scotsman completed 86% of his passes, the joint-third highest out of the United side. McTominay also played more than 55% of those passes forward, showing his willingness to push the team into attacking areas.
The Manchester Evening News agreed with this assessment as they gave the 22-year-old a six out of 10, commenting on his impact from midfield.
They said: “Endeavoured to offer some thrust from midfield but was guilty of overplaying it at times and missed an easy header.” (Source: MEN)
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