Rating Manchester United Players in the 1-1 Draw Against Real Madrid
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David De Gea: Two world class saves in each half do not begin to do justice to the Spanish stopper's performance today. His performance today should show all his detractors why Sir Alex Ferguson made him the second most expensive goalkeeper in history. Magnificent saves in the biggest game of them all showed his mettle! 10/10
Rafael Da Silva: Rafael had his hands full, trying to cope against the magnificence of Cristiano Ronaldo. The young Brazilian looked sort of dodgy in the first half, culminating in his booking towards the end of the half. However, halftime seemed to have calmed him down and he rarely put a foot wrong in the second half. 6/10
Rio Ferdinand: People who say Rio no longer has a future at United should watch this game. A colossus at the heart of defence, he showed lots of composure. His ability to marshal his defence against a firepower-packed Madrid attack was also clearly visible. He also made a couple of great blocks in the second half when United were put under the cosh. 8/10
Jonny Evans: Much-maligned before this season, Evans put in another accomplished performance to bolster his growing reputation. He was a study in concentration through the game and showed calmness and assurance throughout the game. 8/10
Patrice Evra: Evra's was probably the least impressive performance from the United back line. While he probably couldn't be blamed too much for Real's goal, his tendency to drift out of position did put the Red Devils in trouble a couple of times. He was also unfortunate not to get Raphael Varane sent off for a clear last-man foul. 6/10
Phil Jones: Jones was picked to do a job of shackling Ronaldo, and he did fulfill this mandate. His attitude summed up the Red Devils' mentality in this game, as they looked to return to Old Trafford with a minimum of parity in this tie. However, he needs to improve his distribution in the return leg, if United are to have greater control of the game. 7/10
Michael Carrick: It is ironic that three of the most criticized players at United—De Gea, Evans and Carrick—were among United's three most impressive performers. Carrick was amazingly calm and assured on the ball, as shown by his passing statistics. Carrick achieved an 87 percent pass success rate, the highest among his fellow United starters. He was also impressive defensively as he dovetailed well with Jones to provide a screen in front of the Manchester United defence. 8/10
Wayne Rooney: Rooney was probably United's least impressive performer in this game. While he did get the assist for United's goal, his overall play was disappointing. The ex-Everton man struggled to get into the game as he was first stationed on the right, then on the left and finally in the hole. United need Rooney to perform at his best in the return leg to stand any chance of securing their passage into the next round. 5/10
Danny Welbeck: What an inspired selection by Sir Alex! Welbeck's inclusion definitely came out of the left field, but the young England striker justified his manager's decision fully. Welbeck was full of running and caused Madrid quite a few problems with his speed and willingness to press. It was definitely a statement of Welbeck's performance tonight that he didn't look out of place in a game that had such a galaxy of footballing stars. 8/10
Shinji Kagawa: On one hand, Kagawa showed some good touches, and his ability to receive the ball on the half turn to create space for himself was evident. On the other hand, he struggled to cope with the physicality of the Real Madrid midfield. Overall, the Japanese international must do better. 5/10
Who was Manchester United's man of the match against Real Madrid?
Robin van Persie: Oh, how did he not score from his chance in the second half? While United might end up regretting RvP's miss, his play was generally very good in a game where he was involved very rarely. Hopefully, he will have his shooting boots back on for the return leg. 6/10
Ryan Giggs: The United veteran came on for his 150th European appearance for Manchester United but didn't really get involved in the game. There were also a couple of times in the second half when he was caught out in possession. Sir Alex and United fans probably expected more from their highest appearance maker. 5/10
Antonio Valencia: Once again, the United fans probably would have expected some more penetration and running from the Ecuadorian winger. However, Madrid dominated the possession in the time he was on the pitch and he didn't really see enough of the ball to make an appreciable impact. N/A
Anderson: The Brazilian midfielder had too little time to make an impact. N/A
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