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Man Utd winners, losers & ratings as McTominay saves Ten Hag's blushes in stoppage time

00:24 EAT 14/10/2022
Scott McTominay Manchester United Omonia 2022-23
A 93rd-minute winner from substitute Scott McTominay saved Manchester United from an embarrassing home draw to Omonia Nicosia.

For the second week in a row, the Red Devils only just squeezed past their Cypriot opposition in the Europa League.

In both games, substitutes brought the winning goals and it was Scott McTominay's turn to steal the headlines as he provided the difference after replacing Casemiro with 10 minutes left.

The goal came from Manchester United's 34th shot which just highlights the performance of Omonia's stand-in goalkeeper Francis Uzoho who had the game of his career between the sticks for the visitors.

Below, GOAL takes you through the winners, losers and Manchester United player ratings from another narrow, but important, win in Europe's secondary club competition.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Francis Uzoho Manchester United Omonia 2022-23

    The Winners

    Francis Uzoho:

    A monster performance from a man who isn't even his side's number-one goalkeeper. He dealt brilliantly with everything that was thrown at him and was unbelievably unlucky to finish the game on the losing side.

    His 12 saves showcased a number of different ways to keep a football from going into the back of the net. He saved long-range strikes, point-blank efforts and a couple of one-on-ones. Had it not been for his heroics, United could have scored five or six goals in the first half alone.

    He won't be short of potential suitors if he's unhappy playing second fiddle in the Cypriot top flight!

    Scott McTominay:

    Maybe a surprise that he didn't start the game given the fact he is suspended for the visit of Newcastle on Sunday. However, he came into the action with 10 minutes left and made the vital difference right at the death.

    For the majority of his cameo, McTominay frustrated the home fans with speculative, hopeless long shots but he stayed cool when it mattered most. A good finish from the Scotsman to ultimately earn his side an extremely important win in the context of their Europa League group.

    The Omonia supporters:

    In the absence of any real stand-out performers from the winning team, the travelling supporters were phenomenal throughout the match. They travelled in their considerable thousands and didn't stop singing for the whole match.

    They get an extra shout out for a special Manchester City chant during the half-time break!

  • Marcus Rashford Manchester United Omonia 2022-23

    The Losers

    Marcus Rashford:

    It wasn't necessarily one of his worst performances but the sheer amount of shots he took without scoring cements his place at the top of the losers section. He had 10 shots throughout the 90 minutes which equalled 1.5 xG!

    It's worth mentioning that Uzoho made a couple of excellent saves from his efforts but that doesn't excuse Rashford. The biggest chance of his lot came relatively early in the first half and, had he taken that one-on-one opportunity, it would have more than likely led to a comfortable evening for the hosts.

    Jerome Brisard:

    The referee looked a long way out of his depth at Old Trafford. He made several questionable goal kick and corner decisions which he then had to level out with even more confusing calls.

    He really should've sent Moreto Cassame off in the second half for a shocking two-footed, full-bodied lunge on Casemiro. Although, VAR did him no favours as they agreed with his decision.

    Erik ten Hag:

    It seems odd to include the manager of the winning team in this section, especially as one of his substitutions won the match. However, it is another Europa League game in which he has selected an almost full-strength starting XI and only just scraped past significantly inferior opposition.

    This was a game he should have been able to win with a rotated squad but he nearly failed to get all three points with his best players on the pitch. With Newcastle the visitors to Old Trafford on Sunday, any fitness issues for the Red Devils will certainly be punished.

  • Diogo Dalot Manchester United Omonia 2022-23

    Ratings: Defence

    David de Gea (6/10): A very quiet night for United's goalkeeper. Had one save to make and completed all 18 passes he attempted.

    Diogo Dalot (6/10): Not his best performance but far from his worst. Made a mistake that could have led to a big chance or a goal for Omonia but made up for it with a couple of great deliveries into the box.

    Victor Lindelof (5/10): Never looks particularly confident in the heart of the defence and seems to inspire a lack of confidence in whichever centre-back he partners. Was terrorised by the opposition on a couple of occasions.

    Lisandro Martinez (5/10): Perhaps his worst performance since joining United. His passing wasn't anywhere near as accurate as it usually is and he was fortunate not to concede a foul - which could have led to a red card - when he barged one of the opposing forwards away from the ball.

    Tyrell Malacia (6/10): An indifferent performance. Didn't particularly stand out but didn't put a foot wrong either. His brightest moment of the match saw him beat his opponent and get to the byline but his low cross was hit far too hard for Ronaldo to divert it goalwards.

  • Casemiro Manchester United Omonia 2022-23

    Midfield

    Casemiro (7/10): He just exudes class does the Brazilian. He's not spectacular in the way that other £60m midfielders are but he's so solid in the middle of the park. The highlight of his performance was a fantastic lofted ball for Rashford to run onto but he fluffed his lines in front of goal.

    Fred (5/10): Another performance that showed why he shouldn't be a regular fixture in the midfield for the Red Devils. Missed a huge chance in the first half and was often caught on (or under) the ball by the visitors. Deservingly substituted midway through the second half.

    Bruno Fernandes (7/10): Ran the show for the hosts once again. He created seven chances for his teammates and deserved at least a couple of assists. He almost opened the scoring in the first half as well but his curling effort just dropped wide of the bottom corner.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Omonia 2022-23

    Attack

    Antony (5/10): While he continues to impress in the Premier League, it isn't quite working in the Europa League. Lots of fancy flicks and skills but absolutely nothing in terms of end product which led to his substitution on the hour.

    Cristiano Ronaldo (6/10): Despite United having 34 shots in the game, there weren't any clear-cut chances for the main man. It certainly wasn't a bad performance though as he continues to show that he is adapting to the demands of Ten Hag's system.

    Marcus Rashford (4/10): How he didn't score is a mystery. 10 shots and no goals is really poor against a team such as Omonia, regardless of how well the opposition played. In the form he has been in, he should have ended up with a hat-trick and maybe more!

  • Scott McTominay Manchester United Omonia 2022-23

    Subs & Manager

    Luke Shaw (7/10): Another strong performance from the bench in the Europa League. He is quickly becoming the stand-out left-back again at Old Trafford.

    Jadon Sancho (7/10): A strong, much-needed cameo from the young winger. He was lively as Omonia defenders tired and it was his deflected shot that fell to McTominay for the winner.

    Christian Eriksen (6/10): Not as effective as he has been in other games for United but it was a hard game to come into as a creative midfielder with Omonia sitting so deep.

    Scott McTominay (7/10): The match winner. It was a frustrating performance from the bench until he became the only man to breach Uzoho's defences with time running out.

    Erik ten Hag (5/10): His subs changed the game but it feels ultimately like another disappointment for the Dutchman. He put a starting XI out that should have won a game like this convincingly but they struggled. More work to do for Ten Hag.