Lindelof got a run-around from Atlético as poor Pogba got hooked for the second game in a row.

Manchester United managed to avoid a draw with Atlético Madrid thanks to Anthony Elanga.

Joao Felix put the Spaniards ahead with a header in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League.


Victor Lindelof had a difficult evening against the pace of Renan LodiCredit: Environmental Protection Agency
Anthony Elanga Saved Manchester United From A Draw In Madrid


Anthony Elanga saved Manchester United from a draw in Madrid1 credit

But after losing in the first half, United bounced back in the second and managed to level the score with ten minutes left thanks to a 19-year-old substitute.

Here’s how Gary Stonehouse rated each of the United men fielded in the Spanish capital:


Dean Henderson could have been in goal and the pair still wouldn’t have stopped Joao Felix’s header.

There was not much to do, despite the dominance of Atlético.


Was a surprise choice as a right back over Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot and he made a great sliding call to tap Jose Luis Jimenez early on.

After a bright start, he began to struggle to stop the impressive full-back Renan Lodi and would have been happy to hear the whistle for a break.

Warning at the hour mark for a foul on Felix.

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It’s just that he doesn’t appear to be as reserved defensively as he was in France or during his time in the city at Real Madrid.


Reacted slowly and let Joao Felix go through him for the first goal.

Until now, there are question marks at the highest level above it.


Limited to defensive duties as his team failed to take the lead and entered the judges book seconds after the restart.

Unfortunately, I was replaced, but the tactical changes paid off.

FRED – 5

Was beaten too easily by Renan Lodi when the Atlético player crossed and scored the first goal.

Atlético’s midfield constantly bypassed him and actively fought against their pressure.

Banned in the second half for a clumsy challenge, but at least it worked consistently – that’s the minimum requirement.


Caught in possession several times during the first period and struggled in a midfield battle with Geoffrey Kondogbia, his frustration boiled over when he fouled an opponent shortly before halftime.

Shot to the 70-minute mark for the second game in a row after another bad night.


His pace was one of United’s few outings, but he struggled to create a lot and had Cristiano Ronaldo boil in the first period after failing to find him in a rare attack.

Tracked well – though he’s not on the team for that – and his frustration was visible to all as he sped several miles from about 40 yards.

Replaced late after another night to forget.


Wasteful in the first half with corners, and then broke the free kick right on the field of Jan Oblak.

This continued into the second half and his behavior was typical as he cleared the ball straight for a goal kick that was neither a cross nor a kick shortly after the restart.

But it’s in games like this that United need him the most, and despite an unforgettable night, he showed great patience, bringing in Anthony Elanga brilliantly to equalize.


Limited service all night but ran a lot from the ball.

Starved throughout the competition before Jesse Lingard replaced him.


Barely touched the ball before pulling his first shot from afar in the 36th minute.

Throughout the night, Atlético’s defense did not serve or replace, much to the delight of the home supporters.

Shot a free kick with ten to go.


ALEX TELLES (On 66 minutes) – 6

Stood in place of Shaw. Yellow card for a foul on Marcos Llorente.

AARON WAN-BISSAKA (66 minutes) – 6

He did well when he stopped Atlético’s supply line on the other side.

NEMANJA MATIC (66 minutes) – 6

Replaced Pogba to try and stop Atlético’s midfield dominance and fought well.

ANTHONY ELANGA (at 75 minutes) – 8

Hero came off the bench to score in his second consecutive game with his team’s first shot on goal.

The Swedish striker kept his cool after Fernandes led him to goal and scored a vital away goal despite missing a clean. Top marks for a teenager.

JESSE LINGARD (At 82 minutes) – 4

Replaced Sancho belatedly but had no chance of making an impact.

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