Manchester United are in a strong position to qualify for the Europa League group stages after winning away against Partizan Belgrade.

A penalty from Anthony Martial in the 43rd minute was enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to take charge of Group L.

Here is a look at the three United players who impressed the most in Belgrade.

Brandon Williams

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It seems only a matter of time before Williams’ Europa League form merits an opportunity to impress in the Premier League.

The 19-year-old built on his first start against AZ Alkmaar with another solid display.

There weren’t as many marauding runs forward, but the one he did produce, created the match winning moment.

After being fed down the left by Juan Mata, Williams showed his positive intent by driving into the box with a surging run and drawing a foul.

The defensive side of Williams’ game also really stood out. He was up to every challenge and seems to be growing in stature with every passing game.

Scott McTominay

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The Scot was deployed further forward then his usual holding midfielder role and he was driving towards the penalty area every time he got in possession.

McTominay should have given United the lead in the 15th minute when a Mata free-kick was put on a plate for him, but his header into the ground hit the side netting. The Scot looked to have been put off by the Partizan ‘keeper.

McTominay’s leadership and growing maturity is priceless on nights when some of United’s youngsters are experiencing an intimidating atmosphere like the one in Belgrade for the first time. Defensively, he made more interceptions (4) than any United player.


With Paul Pogba still on the sidelines, keeping McTominay fit is crucial for Solskjaer with the hectic period of fixtures on the horizon.

Harry Maguire

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There was a case before the match for Maguire not to be risked, but with hindsight, United needed his leadership especially in the closing stages.

It wasn’t the greatest performance in a United shirt from the world’s most expensive defender, he did struggle to contain the awkward Umar Sadiq at times.

He was also worryingly left on his backside by Soumah in the second half before Romero saved his captains blushes with a good save.

However, when United came under the cosh towards the end of the match, it was Maguire who was martialling his troops and clearing his team;s lines with last ditch blocks and crucial headers.

Maguire made six clearances, the same as Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo combined.

The most important thing was for Maguire to come through the 90 minutes unscathed, which he did. Attentions will now turn to shutting out Norwich on Sunday.

Special mention for James Garner

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What a moment it must have been for the 18-year-old, being handed his full Manchester United debut, and what a venue to mark the occasion, the stadium was rocking.

Garner should be happy with his display, he was eager to get on the ball and made three crucial interceptions and ball recoveries for Solskjaer’s side.

He was replaced by Andreas Pereira in the 82nd minute and with United having two home games still to come in the group, Garner will be hoping to get more valuable first team minutes in the coming months.

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