Who was Man of the Match at the Nou Camp?

Thursday 16 February 2023 20:59

Manchester United played out an exhilarating 2-2 draw with Barcelona in the first leg of our Europa League play-off tie at the Nou Camp.

Erik ten Hag's side hold a strong position heading into the second leg at Old Trafford next week, with Marcus Rashford in fine form once more, as he netted his 22nd goal of the season during the encounter.

Former Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso opened the scoring in Catalonia, before a quickfire response from the Reds saw Ten Hag's side turn the scoreline around in just seven second-half minutes, with a Jules Kounde own-goal following Rashford's equaliser.

Raphinha answered back for the hosts, who unleashed a late onslaught, but United's players dug deep late on, with it all to do again back in M16 next week.

Who gets your vote for United's Man of the Match following the entertaining first-leg contest with Barcelona?poll

Who gets your vote for United's Man of the Match following the entertaining first-leg contest with Barcelona?

There were many impressive performers throughout the 90 minutes, with Casemiro and Fred forming a solid midfielder partnership, anchoring between the defensive and attacking side of the game superbly.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka supplied strong support down our right flank, while Tyrell Malacia on the opposite side did well to deal with the ever-threatening Raphinha in Catalonia.

But there was one clear winner of our poll...

Claiming the prize for a second successive game, Marcus was our standout player for his display against Xavi's side, having a huge part in both our goals.

After latching on to Fred's clever pass - moments after falling behind in the game - our no.10 lashed the ball beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen to restore parity.

The England international slipped past former Leeds man Raphinha to create the opening for our second goal too, before Kounde put the ball into his own net to make it 2-1.

Marcus was a constant threat against the La Liga outfit and Ten Hag felt he could have won a penalty, or had Kounde sent off, when the Frenchman appeared to trip him late on.

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David De Gea made some superb stops to keep the Reds in the game late on, denying Ansu Fati with a wonderful save and our no.1 claimed second place in the polling.

Casemiro returned to the starting XI and was magnificent as ever, breaking up the ball while thwarting any advances Barcelona attempted to spring. He claimed third place overall in the polls, with 17 per cent of fans choosing him as their standout performer.

But it was Marcus who claimed the overall prize, as he continues to go from strength-to-strength under Ten Hag this term.

Congratulations, Rashy!