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It was a surprise to many when Paul Scholes (5/10) started his second consecutive match.
It is also a concern when Sir Alex says he will play his strongest side and Scholes is in. What does that say about Tom Cleverley's prospects; or Anderson for that matter. Remember when they were the hottest show in town this time last year?
Paul did, and always does, some things very well. A few lazy but brilliant passes cheered the crowd. But uncharacteristically he gave the ball away in dangerous positions far too often and got caught in position.
Sadly, he doesn't look fit enough to play two games a week. If Sir Alex wants a pacy edge to United's game, then why does he keep picking Scholes.
He plays too deep in the main, is late to react sometimes, still lunges with tackles that make you hold your breath and, sadly, slows the game down.
He is still possibly the most technically gifted player in the squad. Maybe Sir Alex was thinking the generally slower pace of Europe would suit Scholes' game. But Galatasaray are a physical and pacy side themselves. Don't expect Paul to reappear in the return leg in the Turkish "cauldron of fire."
Michael Carrick (8/10) never gets the ratings he deserves. Apart from scoring an opportunistic goal (where was Van Persie?), Michael didn't put a foot wrong all night.
Some fans keep moaning that he slows the game down and passes sideways or backward too much.
So here's the thing. Carrick is in the engine room. More and more sides are playing five in midfield against United's four. The two central midfield players are critical. If he wasn't there they would be overrun.
He hardly ever gets caught in possession, plays incisive passes, intercepts as well as anyone and has as good Opta stats as most top midfield players in Europe.
Watch the comparison with wunderkid Joe Allen at the weekend. The Liverpool midfielder is economical and efficient with his five-yard passes, but he doesn't dictate a game the way Carrick can.
Antonio Valencia (7/10) would have scored a higher mark if any of his many crosses had been converted.
He was back to his sizzling best down the right wing. Is there a better right wing in Europe, despite his one-footedness?
So was it the quality of his crosses, or the lack of positioning or anticipation by his goal-scoring colleagues, that meant a barrage of centres went begging?
Ferguson won't be too sad about that because against lesser teams the likes of Van Persie, Kagawa and especially Chicharito will get a hatful of goals.
Valencia's tackling ability is always useful too, and he was one of the few players who could go home contented (except for the lack of end product).
Nani (5/10). Some would disagree with even that score. Nani, Nani, Nani...if Sir Alex ever gets a heart attack, the Portuguese winger is bound to be the cause.
Why on earth does he think he deserves a new contract of £130,000 a week?
He's got one helluva lot to prove to his manager to restore his faith.
Frustratingly, when he gets the ball, he is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous players in England. He can turn defenders inside out.
He's also a great hair remover. Sir Alex must have had apoplexy when Nani grabbed the ball for the penalty that Rafael fairly won.
Surely the Boss didn't sanction this choice of penalty taker? When he picked up the ball and walked to the spot, the entire crowd groaned in anticipation. To a man, woman and child we all knew he would miss it. The attempt was embarrassing.
This is getting serious now. Including preseason, Rooney, Van Persie, Hernandez and now Nani have now missed penalties. None have lost a game...yet.
But this one could have put the game to bed early and we would all still have our fingernails.
If Van Persie is this world-class goalscorer, Sir Alex should nominate him every time. OK so he had a mare against Southampton, but he was Arsenal's penalty taker.
More to the point, if the Dutchman was having a night off, why doesn't Scholes take them? Surely you just put your foot through the ball rather than the "quickstep" or chip that we have seen this season.
Get it sorted, Sir Alex!