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

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 10, 2013

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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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
David De Gea67
Rio Ferdinand57
Jonny Evans77
Alexander Buttner66
Phil Jones79
Ryan Giggs66
Ashley Young56
Adnan Januzaj67
Shinji Kagawa67
Wayne Rooney77
Robin van PersieN/A7
Tom CleverleyN/A6
Antonio ValenciaN/ANo rating

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.



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.


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