Lost possession 11 times: Man Utd liability let Ole down against Villarreal – opinion

Lost possession 11 times: Man Utd liability let Ole down against Villarreal – opinion

Manchester United secured a dramatic late victory over Villarreal in Group F of the Champions League thanks to an injury-time winner from Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Red Devils were disappointing for large periods during the clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s charges fortunate to come away with all three points.

Paco Alcacer’s 53rd-minute opener was cancelled out by a magnificent Alex Telles volley, before Ronaldo popped up with a late winner, ending United’s two-game losing streak.

One player who struggled more than most, though, was stand-in right-back Diogo Dalot. The 22-year-old was handed a rare opportunity to impress from the off in midweek thanks to Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s suspension, but he couldn’t grasp his opportunity.

Former Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma terrorised the youngster from start to finish, twice testing goalkeeper David de Gea in the opening 15 minutes and then teeing up Alcacer for a goal-bound header just moments later.

The Dutchman continued in the same vein in the second half, again presenting Alcacer with a golden opportunity just eight minutes after the interval, and this time the striker made no mistake, poking the ball home from close range.

And at the opposite end, Dalot was just as ineffective. Time and time again, the Portugal international overhit his crosses and failed to pick out a teammate, breaking down multiple United attacks on a frustrating evening.

His underwhelming performance saw SofaScore award him a match rating of just 7 out of 10, one of the lowest totals awarded amongst his colleagues.

Dalot gave away possession a whopping 11 times during the 90 minutes, was dribbled past by an opposition player on two occasions and was unable to pick out a fellow United player with any of his attempted crosses.

It was a poor performance from the full-back who let Solskjaer down on an important evening for the United boss, and he’ll be hoping better evenings lie ahead.

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