CFR Cluj vs. Manchester United: Rating the Red Devils' Performances
Manchester United recorded their second consecutive win in the Champions League, but the Red Devils were far from convincing.
The hosts took the lead through Kapetanos early on, but a brace from Robin Van Persie proved to be enough for the Red Devils as they continued their unconvincing winning run in the Champions League.
Here are my ratings for each Manchester United player from the tonight's game.
David De Gea
Couldn't do much about Cluj's first and only goal.
His lightning-quick reflexes were once again on display as he pulled off stunning saves to deny hosts an equaliser in the second half.
All in all, the Spaniard can be happy with his performance.
The Brazilian worked tirelessly on both halves of the pitch. Ventured forward at every given opportunity without neglecting his defensive duties and was one of his side's standout performers.
Late to deny Kapetanos' strike early on, but quickly grew into the game. Made some key interceptions to stop counter-attacks in the second half. Substituted.
Didn't allow the Cluj offense to get the better of him and read the game surprisingly well showing glimpses of old self. Could have been sent off for an aggressive tackle late in the game.
A performance worthy of a first-team place.
The United captain failed to track back in the buildup to Kapetanos' goal and was lucky not to get sent off for a dangerous plunge in the first half. Nevertheless, supported the attack well, stretching the Cluj defense on numerous occasions.
Overall, a decent performance.
Played in a deep-lying role allowing Anderson and Cleverley to venture forward. A passenger for most of the game as Cluj midfield failed to get a grasp of the game.
Kept things simple in the middle of the park, but failed to make a significant influence on the game. Lacked confidence and too often opted for the safe pass.
The 23-year-old linked up well with the forwards, but just couldn't find the killer pass. Nevertheless, Cleverley was more comfortable and efficient going forward than Anderson.
The Englishman might have failed to get on the score sheet, but his presence was strongly felt in almost every buildup. Enjoyed playing in the free role he was given and capped off a fine performance with two assists.
Javier Hernandez Chicharito
The Mexican forward continued his struggles as he once again failed to stamp a mark on the game. Replaced by Danny Welbeck in 83rd minute after his largely anonymous display.
Robin Van Persie
The Dutchman was perhaps a bit lucky to score his first goal, but he took his second one brilliantly. Another Man of the Match award-winning performance from the former Arsenal striker.
Came on for Evans in the closing minutes of the match to make his Champions League debut, but didn't have enough time to showcase his talent.
Replaced the disappointing Chicharito as United looked to see the game off. Perhaps should have been given more time.
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