Man Utd player ratings: Bruno Fernandes redeems himself after Liverpool horror show but David de Gea is too sloppy

MANCHESTER UNITED bounced back from their Liverpool humiliation with a brilliant 4-1 win over Real Betis in the Europa League.

Despite their Anfield mauling, boss Erik ten Hag opted to field an unchanged starting XI for the visit of the LaLiga side to Old Trafford.


Man United got themselves back on trackCredit: Getty

And redeem themselves they did; with goals by Marcus Rashford, Antony, Bruno Fernandes and even Wout Weghorst seeing off Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

SunSport’s Martin Blackburn rates and slates each Man United performer on the day.

David de Gea – 5

Could not get his kicking right in the first half and it almost cost United dear on a couple of occasions. Otherwise it was a quiet night as Betis scored with their only effort on target.

Diogo Dalot – 5

Looked uncertain for much of the first half up against the lively Juanmi and did not reappear for the second half as Wan-Bissaka was on instead. The full-back has had a difficult week.

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Raphael Varane – 7

Decent battle with on loan Leicester man Ayoze Perez but the French ace was assured for most of the night. Picking him and Martinez was a real show of support from ten Hag and did not let the boss down.

Lisandro Martinez – 7

After a testing day at Anfield on Sunday, this was just what he needed. Looked a class act and was rarely ruffled. Enjoyed himself when the home side got their noses in front in the second half. 

Luke Shaw – 7

Great low cross for Weghorst. Managed to get something on Ayoze’s deflected effort to turn it onto the post in first half stoppage time. Supplied the corner for Fernandes to head home number three.

Casemiro – 7

Showed his quality with a cross early on which Weghorst should have converted. A few uncharacteristic mis-placed passes like at Anfield but had a hand in Anthony’s goal which helped United re-take the lead.


Man United plundered four goals in their first leg triumph


Man United plundered four goals in their first leg triumphCredit: EPA

Fred – 6

Seems to link up well with his countryman Casemiro in the middle. Helped United keep control of the game apart from a spell at the end of the first half. Had one late chance after some nice work by Sancho but his shot was weak.

Antony – 7

Much more like it from the Brazilian who sent over some dangerous crosses then curled a beauty to restore United’s lead. Had a chance to kill the tie but chipped his effort onto the roof of the net. If only he could use his right foot.

Bruno Fernandes – 8

Retained the armband and repaid his manager’s faith with a much improved display. Had a hand in the first two goals and then thumped a header home for number three. Rightly yellow carded for poor challenge on Bravo.

Bruno Fernandes bounced back from his Anfield horror show


Bruno Fernandes bounced back from his Anfield horror showCredit: EPA

Wout Weghorst – 7

Chested in an early goal but denied by the offside flag – typical of the way his luck is going. Missed a couple of other golden chances and it looked like another of those nights – until he swept home a loose ball late on to FINALLY get his goal.

Marcus Rashford – 7

Hammered in a superb opener to make it 26 for his excellent season and give United a perfect start. Denied on a couple of other occasions before being given a rest midway through the second half.


Aaron Wan-Bissaka (for Dalot, 46)

Home side much better after his introduction.

Tyrell Malacia (for Shaw, 65)

Slotted in at left-back for the final quarter.

Jadon Sancho – (for Rashford, 65)

Some nice touches as United pushed to finish the tie on the night.

Scott McTominay (for Fred, 82)

His shot was saved but led to the goal that Weghorst swept home.

Facundo Pellistri (for Antony, 82)

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Played his part in the fourth goal with some clever work on the wing.

Subs not used: Heaton, Butland, Lindelof, Maguire, Mainoo, Garnacho, Elanga

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