Man Utd player ratings: Harry Maguire shines with winning goal as Eric Bailly struggles

MANCHESTER UNITED made it into the FA Cup semi-finals after a 2-1 win against Norwich after extra time.

Odion Ighalo stabbed home a goal in the 51st minute to spark some life into a previously stale game before Norwich also scored from their first shot on target thanks to a swerving Todd Cantwell effort after 75 minutes.

Odion Ighalo opened the scoring for Manchester United with their first shot on target
Todd Cantwell hit back for Norwich in the FA Cup
Maguire squeezed in the winner with the game heading for penalties

The first ever FA Cup tie in June saw a late red card for Timm Klose in the 89th minute after he dragged down Ighalo when the Nigerian was through on goal.

But the Canaries survived six minutes of stoppage time to force extra time and were resolute for the majority of the 30 minutes before United captain Harry Maguire slid home a late winner.

SunSport’s Josh Graham delivers his verdict on the Red Devils’ performances.


Sergio Romero – 5/10

Very little to do before picking the ball out of the net.

Should have done better to stop Cantwell’s effort.

Diogo Dalot – 4

Unconvincing as Norwich had plenty of joy down his side of the field.

Seemingly destined to be a bit part player and future quiz question answer.

Eric Bailly – 4

Horrific start to the game with two massive gaffes in the first ten minutes.

He propelled himself skyward in an outrageous dive to buy a free-kick on the touchline before standing on the ball to provide Norwich with an opening.

Never improved.

Harry Maguire – 8

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire with the ball against Norwich

Couple of important blocks before half-time stopped the Canaries from taking the lead.

Looked comfortable bringing the ball out, an assured all-round display from the skipper.

Almost bagged a winner in extra time with a well-placed header but Tim Krul somehow scooped it out.

Did finally seal the game for the Red Devils as he slid home in the 118th minute to break Norwich hearts.

Luke Shaw – 7

Showed a nice turn of pace to get back at Teemu Pukki when Norwich broke through on goal on the half hour mark.

Threatened after the break, overlapping nicely down the left.

Scott McTominay – 6

Combative in midfield and not afraid to get his hands dirty for the side.

Fred – 6

Not at his disruptive best but still hard for Norwich to bypass.

The odd classy touch.

Jesse Lingard – 5

Noticeably busy after falling down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order – the only player to have had more than one shot in the first half.

Not a great deal to show for it, however. The new whispy goatee failing to deliver the goods.

Bruno Fernandes – 8

Bruno Fernandes continued where he left off in the Premier League in the FA Cup

The Portuguese ace really knows how to pull the strings.

Yet another masterclass in the middle of the park.

Juan Mata – 5

Got caught in possession too easily.

Seems to have lost a touch of the quality that made him a threat from the start in years gone by.

Odion Ighalo – 7

Odion Ighalo won the foul that saw Norwich reduced to ten men

Stabbed home the opening goal to breathe some life into the game.

Right place, right time – what more can you ask for?

Showed good strength to draw a foul and red card for Timm Klose.


Brandon Williams (on for Dalot, 63) – 6

Tracked back well from an unfamiliar role on the right side of defence.

Mason Greenwood (on for Mata, 63) – 6

Looked dangerous cutting in onto that lethal left foot from the right.

Marcus Rashford (on for Lingard, 63) – 6

It was a slow burner for the nation’s lockdown hero.

Fired off a nice couple of shots and looked more and more threatening as the game went on.

Nemanja Matic (on for McTominay, 78) – 5

Fitted into his familiar anchor role.

Paul Pogba (on for Fred, 78) – 7

Keen to make his mark on the game and was denied by Krul seconds before the end of the 90.

Showed strength and determination to fashion a number of openings.

Anthony Martial (on for Bailly, 96) – 6

Last time’s hat-trick hero was understandably full of confidence but perhaps should have bagged again when Rashford put it on a plate for him at the end of the first period of extra time.


By: Josh Graham
Title: Man Utd player ratings: Harry Maguire shines with winning goal as Eric Bailly struggles
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Published Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2020 19:06:25 +0000

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