Rating the Real Madrid Players vs. Manchester United

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2013

Rating the Real Madrid Players vs. Manchester United

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    Cristiano Ronaldo scored against his old club as Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United.

    Danny Welbeck headed home from a Wayne Rooney corner to give United a first-half lead at the Bernabeu.

    Madrid's reply was almost instant, though. Ronaldo saw Welbeck's header and then raised it, nodding home fantastically from Angel Di Maria's cross.

    It leaves the tie wide open heading into the second leg at Old Trafford.

    Here are the Real Madrid player ratings...

Diego Lopez

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    Lopez was not directly at fault for Danny Welbeck's goal, but a keeper who stands at 6'5" should command the box more than he does.

    He also had to be bailed out by Xabi Alonso, who cleared off the line when Manchester United looked set to go 2-1 up.

    That said, he had just tipped Robin van Persie's strike on to the bar, and he made a few saves across the 90 minutes, including another at the end from the Dutch forward.

    Match rating: 6.9

Alvaro Arbeloa

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    A typical Alvaro Arbeloa performance where he neither excelled nor looked completely out of his depth in the 1-1 draw.

    If and when Real Madrid look to strengthen, it is for exactly that reason that right-back may be the first position they look at.

    Arbeloa was lucky not to get booked against Manchester United after a string of fouls, but was tidy in possession.

    Match rating: 6.3

Fabio Coentrao

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    Like his colleague at right-back, Alvaro Arbeloa, Fabio Coentrao will consider himself lucky not to have been booked following a series of niggling fouls.

    That said, he was more involved than Arbeloa. Coentrao produced some timely challenges, used the ball well and won a few key headers.

    He also got forward to force man-of-the-match David De Gea into one of his many fine saves.

    Match rating: 7.1

Sergio Ramos

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    Ramos was punished for what looked like a deliberate elbow on Jonny Evans by his own poor defending for Welbeck's opener.

    He defended OK in the second half, though, and was quick to block Ryan Giggs' effort when the Welshman should have perhaps taken the shot on earlier.

    Ramos made three effective clearances and four tackles overall (via whoscored.com), but it won't go down as the Spanish defender's greatest European night.

    Match rating: 5.9

Raphael Varane

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    Raphael Varane shone brightly in last month's Clasico against Barcelona, but he was lucky to end the draw with Manchester United on the pitch.

    Did he tug Patrice Evra when the Frenchman raced clean through? The referee said no, but replays and common sense show the 19-year-old could have, and should have, been sent off.

    Aside from that, he once again didn't look too troubled defensively and demonstrated his blistering pace. But he also showed he's not quite the finished article.

    Match rating: 6.3

Xabi Alonso

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    For a man that wasn't 100 percent fit prior to kickoff, Xabi Alonso put in a solid performance in Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

    A constant source of long, often diagonal, balls, the midfielder completed 11 of his 15 attempted long passes (via whoscored.com)

    Alonso was replaced by Pepe with less than 10 minutes remaining.  He completed 81 percent of his passes and was one of Los Blancos' better performers.

    Match rating: 7.2

Sami Khedira

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    Khedira continued to show the license he seems to have been granted in recent weeks to get further forward, but to no great avail this time.

    He did little in the way of defensive duties, but was quietly involved in quite a few of Madrid's attacks.

    He had three shots, with only one forcing David De Gea into a save, and contributed with five key passes during the 90 minutes.

    Match rating: 6.9 

Angel Di Maria

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    Left out of the squad for the weekend visit of Sevilla, Angel Di Maria looked refreshed and carried a constant threat against Manchester United.

    The Argentinian crossed for the Cristiano Ronaldo's equaliser, flashed an effort wide early in the second half and looked dangerous carrying the ball, too.

    He was substituted with 15 minutes remaining, but not before having five shots, putting in six crosses and making three key passes (via whoscored.com)

    Match rating: 8.2

Mesut Ozil

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    So often, after Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil has been Real Madrid's main man, but tonight he didn't quite produce the performance he may have done against Manchester United.

    Dispossessed more than usual, he still managed to complete 91 percent of his 67 passes, three of which were defined as key (via whoscored.com).

    With it unlikely United will sit as deep at Old Trafford, the German will certainly look to have more of an impact.

    Match rating: 6.9

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    It was billed as his night, his former employers rolling into town and the 28-year-old made sure he had his say.

    Ronaldo had 10 shots in the match—although only two hit the target—and he would have been damned if he wasn't to score.

    He only got one though, a fantastic header from Angel Di Maria's cross, leveling Danny Welbeck's opener, and will have been aggrieved to see a late free kick ruffle the top of the net.

    Match rating: 7.9

Karim Benzema

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    Karim Benzema was preferred in the role of the central frontman ahead of Gonzalo Higuain in Jose Mourinho's starting 11.

    At times, he showed a hunger to win the ball back—one time setting Ronaldo away in the early stages of the second half.

    Overall though, it ended another big night where things didn't quite go for him, and he was replaced by Higuain on the hour mark.

    Match rating: 5.9


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    Gonzalo Higuain: 6.1

    Luka Modric: 6.0

    Pepe: 6.0

    Not used: Antonio Adan, Ricardo Carvalho, Michael Essien, Kaka