Rashford and Martial push Cristiano Ronaldo FURTHER down

MARCUS RASHFORD and Anthony Martial ensured Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to feature on the bench after saving Manchester United in a 3-2 win over Omonia.

The Red Devils fell behind in the first half after an unfortunate mistake by Tyrell Malacia saw the home team level.

Rashford and Martial saved United blushesCredit: Reuters
Ronaldo could remain on the bench after the cameos of Rashford and MartialCredit: AFP

Karim Ansarifard finished well at David de Gea’s near post to take the lead.

Erik ten Hag was furious with United’s stars and hooked Malacia and Jaden Sancho on the stroke of half-time.

Luke Shaw and Rashford came on at the start.

And the latter made an instant impact, scoring the equalizer with a curling effort.

Rashford then played a clever strike to substitute Martial to give United the lead.

The England international then grabbed his second goal of the night, hitting the back post.

United managed to avoid a late scare, although Nicolas Panayiotou pulled one back for Omonia.

The win takes United’s Europa League points tally to six.


However, they are three points behind Real Sociedad, who they lost to in their first group match.

Here’s how SunSport rated the Red Devils.

David de Gea – 5

It should have been better for the opening of Omonia.

The Spaniard was beaten at his near post with a powerful effort.

There wasn’t much he could do about Omonia’s second.

Diogo Dalot – 5

A relatively quiet night for the full-back.

Looked decent in the second half after a shaky start to the game.

Beats the keeper and leveled Ronaldo late in the second half, but his compatriot hit the post.

Caught for the second of Omonia.

There isn’t much competition in the right back department with Aaron Wan-Bissaka struggling with injury.

Victor Lindelof – 5

Not one of his best performances in a United shirt from the Swede.

Partners Lisandro Martinez in the heart of the defence.

United’s second-half dominance took the pressure off him.

Lisandro Martinez – 6

Confident in possession and will continue to lead United’s backline.

Tyrell Malacia – 3

A disastrous mistake that led to a goal for the hosts.

The full-back lost the ball on the halfway line and United were caught on the break.

He was taken off at half-time and replaced by Luke Shaw.

Casemiro – 5

Big money signings require patience.

He was brought on as a starter after sitting on the bench against Manchester City at the weekend.

A relatively quiet evening.

Was replaced by Scott McTominay with ten minutes remaining.

Christian Eriksen – 4

A night to forget for the Dane.

Largely sluggish and did not cover himself in glory when he tried to defend Omonia’s goal.

Bruno Fernandes – 5

Was denied by the post in the first half.

Assisted Rashford’s equalizer early in the second half.

Was substituted for Martial in the 62nd minute.

Jaden Sancho – 4

Largely ineffective.

They struggled to get into the game and make an impact.

Like Malacia, he was suspended at half-time and replaced by Rashford.

Antony – 6

Missed a big opportunity in the first half by trying to be smart and play the ball back to Fernandes.

He almost got revenge with a shot that was saved by the goalkeeper.

I wasn’t afraid to take a shot.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 5

Was denied a club goal of 700 in the early stages of the game.

Brazilian goalkeeper Fabiano made a smart save to deny the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Missed a golden opportunity in the second half, hitting the post from six yards after being leveled by Dalot.

However, he assisted United’s third goal.

The performance wouldn’t be enough to force Erik ten Hag’s hand back into the team, especially with the form Martial and Rashford are in.


Shaw (for Malaysia, 45) – 6

Malacia may have just returned the starting left-back spot to long-serving Luke Shaw.

The England international was safe at the back.

Marcus Rashford (for Sancho, 45) – 9

Came off the bench to save United blushes.

Made a great break behind the back line, took his time and picked his spot to draw the Red Devils level.

The academy product provided the assist for Martial’s goal, playing a clever strike against the Frenchman.

Finished the match with a strike at the back post, assisted by Ronaldo.

Anthony Martial (for Fernandes, 62) – 7

Martial took just a minute to make an impact after replacing Fernandes.

The striker was met by a clever strike from Rashford and finished well to add to the two goals he scored against Manchester City at the weekend.

Fred (for Antony, 72) – 5

Not much time to make an impact.

Scott McTominay (for Casemiro, 80) – 5

It did its job, helping us see the win.

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