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Manchester United vs. Shakhtar Donetsk: Live Player Ratings for United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10:  Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United challenges Taison (R) of Shakhtar Donetsk during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford on December 10, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 10, 2013

Manchester United host Shakhtar Donetsk in a UEFA Champions League Group A match Tuesday night at Old Trafford.

Player ratings for Manchester United appear below. The players were rated at half-time and full-time, with brief analysis included from each half.

Manchester United Player Ratings vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
PlayerHalf-timeFull-time
David De Gea67
Rafael78
Rio Ferdinand57
Jonny Evans77
Alexander Buttner66
Phil Jones79
Ryan Giggs66
Ashley Young56
Adnan Januzaj67
Shinji Kagawa67
Wayne Rooney77
SubstituteHalf-timeFull-time
Robin van PersieN/A7
Tom CleverleyN/A6
Antonio ValenciaN/ANo rating
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First half

David De Gea: Nearly conceded in the 12th minute, when Teixeira came within inches of putting Shakhtar ahead with a quick attack. 

Rafael: Bombing forward on the right to dangerous effect. Chipped in defensively with four tackles and two interceptions.

Rio Ferdinand: Out-paced easily by Douglas Costa in the box midway through the half, but Costa's cross came to nothing. Made three clearances.

Jonny Evans: Made four clearances and blocked two shots.

Alexander Buttner: His deliver on two early crosses was poor. Douglas Costa is proving a handful down Shakhtar's right flank. Buttner is, however, completing 95 percent of his passes, the best rate in the side.

Ashley Young: Took a poor corner early in the half. Should have scored late in the half from Giggs' fine pass. Missed badly again just before half-time when set up by Rooney. Clearly lacking confidence.

Ryan Giggs: Played a nice pass over the top for Young late in the half, a pass that should have set up a goal.

Phil Jones: Charged into the box trying to set up an early chance. Completed 90 percent of his passes in the first half.

Adnan Januzaj: The youngster is making his Champions League debut tonight. His giveaway in the 12th minute almost led to a Shakhtar goal. Later did well to chest down a cross, turn and shoot in the box, though the attempt was straight at the keeper.

Shinji Kagawa: Playing in his preferred role as central playmaker

Wayne Rooney: Serving as captain for the night, Rooney started as center-forward but often dropped into midfield to find the ball. He set up Young for a chance late in the half, and moments early was open for a tap-in, had Young squared the ball to him.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10:  Robin van Persie (L) and Tom Cleverley of Manchester United  prepare to come on as substitutes as Manager David Moyes looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donets
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Second half

David De Gea: Kept another clean sheet, his fourth straight in the Champions League.

Rafael: Solid on the right, both offensively and defensively. Made five tackles and three interceptions.

Rio Ferdinand: Better in the second half after a shaky opening period.

Jonny Evans: Made seven clearances, most in the side.

Alexander Buttner: An opportunity missed for the left-back

Ashley Young: Better in the second half before being subbed out in the 63rd minute. His first half was poor, though.

Ryan Giggs: Made way for Tom Cleverley in the 63rd minute, and United immediately looked more incisive.

Phil Jones: Got a crucial touch on Rakitskiy's shot early in the half, redirecting the ball onto the post to keep the score level. Took his chance well on the other end, scoring a goal that will go a long way toward righting the ship for United.

Adnan Januzaj: Showed flashes of his considerable skill and worked hard to win the ball back. A fine introduction to the Champions League.

Shinji Kagawa: All over the pitch for United.

Wayne Rooney: Came close with a chip from distance after noticing Pyatov off his line early in the half.

 

Substitutes

Robin van Persie: Replaced Young in the 63rd minute. His superior delivery from the corner led to Jones' goal, which was no coincidence.

Tom Cleverley: Replaced Giggs in the 63rd minute. Immediately added cohesion to United's midfield.

Antonio Valencia: Replaced Buttner late in the match and had little time to affect the outcome.

 

Stats via WhoScored.com

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