​Ashley Young got most of the stick from ​Manchester United fans in their team's UEFA ​Champions League defeat to ​Barcelona on Wednesday, but French publication L'Equipe believed Paul Pogba was the worst player on the pitch, despite dropping a decent performance considering the players around him.


Not just Pogba, Lionel Messi too wasn't up to the mark, as perceived by L'Equipe.


Luke Shaw’s own goal was the difference as Barcelona secured a 1-0 win against Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. Despite giving a good account of themselves overall, United couldn't threaten Barcelona's goal when the chances came.


​L'Equipe are known to provide some harsh ratings for games and last night was no different.


Here are their ratings for Barcelona players and coach:


  • Marc-Andre ter Stegen | 5
  • Nelson Semedo | 5
  • Gerard Pique | 6
  • Clement Lenglet | 6
  • Jordi Alba | 5
  • Ivan Rakitic | 5
  • Sergio Busquets | 6
  • Arthur | 5
  • Lionel Messi | 4
  • Luis Suarez | 6
  • Philippe Coutinho | 5

Manager | Ernesto Valverde | 6


And here are their ratings for Manchester United players and coach:


  • David de Gea | 5
  • Ashley Young | 4
  • Victor Lindelof | 4
  • Chris Smalling | 5
  • Luke Shaw | 5
  • Diogo Dalot | 5
  • Scott McTominay | 7
  • Fred | 6
  • Paul Pogba | 3
  • Marcus Rashford | 4
  • Romelu Lukaku | 4


Manager | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | 5



​Paul Pogba was given the least rating among any player on the pitch last night (3) which is definitely quite harsh seeing that he did not perform that bad to be given the rating which he got. Messi, meanwhile got a rating of 4 despite being instrumental in Barcelona's away goal.


Just to compare these ratings handed out by L'Equipe, another famous news outlet ​The Guardian handed out their player ratings, which could be termed logical as they gave Paul Pogba a 7 and Lionel Messi an 8 rating out of 10.


For Pogba, the Guardian specified the reason for the rating as they said, "Pogba split the visitors open with a pass into Rashford and carried a positive intent with the ball."


And finally, for Messi, they stated, "Dropped deep on occasion and had eyes in back of his head to find Suárez for the decisive goal."