Manchester United player ratings vs Villarreal after Europa League Final heartbreak

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Manchester United lost an incredible Europa League Final penalty shootout 11-10 as David De Gea missed the vital spot-kick against Villarreal.

Man Utd player ratings

David De Gea 5

Favoured as United's cup goalkeeper over current No1 Dean Henderson, Solskjaer still showed faith in the Spaniard on such a huge night. Could do little about Villarreal's opening goal, and had little to do outside picking the ball out of his net.

Couldn’t save any of the 11 shootout penalties he faced, and missed his sudden-death effort. Nobody can blame a keeper for having to take a penalty in the first place, but it just wasn’t his night.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka 6

Has improved his attacking this season, but Unai Emery's men knew to close down his right foot. Little to do at the back given Villarreal’s gameplan. Found more time and space to attack after the break.

Eric Bailly 4

Handed a start over Axel Tuanzebe, who has arguably been in better form with Harry Maguire out. Neither he nor Lindelof prevented the main threat - Moreno - a simple tap-in off a simple set-piece as Raul Albiol easily blocked him off. Got lucky as he missed an acrobatic clearance early in the second half, booked for a needless push, and was generally nervy. Subbed off late in extra time.

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Victor Lindelof 4

Tasked with leading the defence in Maguire's absence, but still lacks a physical and aerial ability - and it showed in his miserable marking of Moreno for Villarreal's opener, even if he was not alone in failing to do his job. Got better as the game went on as he saw plenty of the ball, but Villarreal always looked dangerous on their few attacks.

Luke Shaw 6

Unable to find his usual space on the left flank with Villarreal sitting deep and blocking him well - and was caught ball-watching as Moreno ghosted past him to get the run on Moreno. A stellar season, lost form in the last few games of the season and was flat here until the second half.

Scott McTominay 7

Offered plenty of energy in the absence of Fred, and was not afraid of getting forward. Battled well against a similarly fierce Villarreal midfield, and helped turn the tide as his opposite numbers wilted with fearless runs.

Paul Pogba 6

He has excelled in a more advanced role on the left of late, but was deployed deeper with Fred out. Tasked with dictating the play like former team-mate Andrea Pirlo, or an NFL quarterback spinning high passes over the top, but Villarreal's deep lines closed up the gaps quickly. Livened up with the cup at stake after the break, and looked far more comfortable given licence to roam forward. Missed a free header late on, and curiously subbed off late in extra time.

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Mason Greenwood 6

Trusted to keep his impressive scoring run going on the right flank. One of the few United forwards to drive at Villarreal to try and make something happen in a drab first half for the Red Devils. Less involved after the break despite United taking control, and was replaced in extra time.

Bruno Fernandes 6

Captained the side in place of the injured Maguire. Frenetic as usual, it's a sign of his frustration when he drops deeper - and sitting at left-back at one point told the story of his first half. Grew into the game as Villarreal tired after the break, but his passing was off.

Marcus Rashford 3

Arguably fortunate to start given Fred's lack of fitness saw Pogba shifted back into midfield, Rashford had a point to prove. He didn’t. Has struggled with injuries and a loss of form during the run-in, and failed to make any real impact in the opening 45 minutes. Inexplicably missed an absolute sitter with the scores level, put two poor volleys wide not long after, and departed with an injury during extra time.

The sort of performance which could genuinely put his England squad role for the Euros at risk.

Edinson Cavani 7

Came into the game in red-hot form, but his touch was off in the first half and conceded the free-kick from which Moreno eventually scored. Still, the mark of a winner is to react in these moments - and he pressed from the front before pulling United level by reacting quickest off a loose ball. Quite simply a big-game player, and surely one of the great free transfers for any Premier League side.

Substitutes

Fred (Greenwood, 100’)

Not fit enough to start, but was introduced in the first half of extra time. Sat deep to allow McTominay further forward.

Dan James (Rashford, 115’)

On far too late given Villarreal had long since tired.

Axel Tuanzebe (Bailly 115’)

A late change.

Juan Mata (122’)

On for penalties.

Alex Telles (122’)

On for penalties.

Subs not used: Henderson, Grant, Maguire, Williams, Matic, Amad, Van de Beek

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