Manchester United player-ratings against Brugge: Depay outstanding; Shaw not far behind

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Taking a look at how Manchester United's players performed against Club Brugge.

Manchester United took on Clube Brugge in the Champions League qualifying round at Old Trafford earlier this week, with Louis van Gaal’s side running out 3-1 winners.

Here we take a closer look at how the United players involved rated for their individual performances.

Sergio Romero 6

Romero conceded his first goal in United colours when Michael Carrick put through his own net early in the first half.

The Argentine stopper had little to do for the rest of the match but he showed hesitation when a back-pass came his way in the second period and that almost cost United what would have been a tie-changing second away goal.

Matteo Darmian 8

The Italian right-back has looked brilliant since making his United debut against Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day and that continued against Brugge.

He bombs forward but also defends with composure and he looks like being the best right-back at the club since Gary Neville.

Chris Smalling 8

Chris Smalling looked like he had fallen down the pecking order during pre-season but Phil Jones’ injury has given him a chance and he has not looked back.

Solid throughout he looks set for a huge season at the heart of United’s defence.

Daley Blind 7

Blind is not the centre-back United fans wanted this summer but he continues to impress with his calm manner and he broke up plenty of plays with relative ease.

Luke Shaw 8

This is likely to be Shaw’s season and on one particular occasion he almost played a significant role in what would have been a goal-of-the-season contender.

This was a great showing from a great young player.

Michael Carrick 7

Carrick played some wonderful passes prior to being substituted at half-time and he should not be remembered solely for his own-goal.

Morgan Schneiderlin 7

The French midfielder was making his Champions League debut and he continues to prove he is exactly the type of player Unite have needed for years.

Juan Mata 6

This was a relatively quiet game for the Spaniard, who did what he did well but did not really threaten a goal of his own.

Memphis Depay 9

The star-man on the night and a future United legend if this performance is anything to go by, Depay scored twice and cold have had a hat-trick if he had not blasted over when clean through on goal.

The Netherlands international announced himself in brilliant fashion and expect many more goals to follow.

Adnan Januzaj 7

The Belgian international hustled and harried and did his part but much like Mata he could not apply the finishing touches to anything.

His movement was a constant threat for the visitors though and it would be a big surprise if he headed out on loan after his last two appearances.

Wayne Rooney 6

The most disappointing player on the night, Wayne Rooney looks way below his best even if he was better than his last match against Aston Villa.

On this evidence United need a new striker to ease the burden on their skipper.

Subs:

Bastian Schweinsteiger 7

The German international came on and bossed the midfield, looking composed throughout and having a cracking shot that was blocked when it looked destined to fly past the ‘keeper.

Javier Hernandez 5

Hernandez was brought on to score the vital third goal but he could not manage that, doing little but always looking busy

Marouane Fellaini 8

Fellaini was not on the pitch for long but his contribution was vital, his late goal changing the whole tie and ensuring United will have a far easier ride in the second leg next week.

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