Olympiakos vs. Manchester United: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterFebruary 25, 2014

PIRAEUS, GREECE - FEBRUARY 25:  Jose Holebas (L) of Olympiacos holds off the challenge of Wayne Rooney of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Olympiacos FC and Manchester United at Karaiskakis Stadium on February 25, 2014 in Piraeus, Greece.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Olympiacos will go to Old Trafford with one leg in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League after Tuesday’s historic 2-0 win over Manchester United in Greece.

Alejandro Dominguez opened the scoring for the hosts after deflecting Giannis Maniatis’ shot past David De Gea in the 38th minute, and Joel Campbell added a measure of insurance midway through the second half when his lovely, curling effort beat De Gea to the near post.

United, meanwhile, were as poor as they’ve been all season and placed only a single shot on target over the 90 minutes.

Following are player ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

PIRAEUS, GREECE - FEBRUARY 25:  Chris Smalling (L) of Manchester United holds off the challenge of Hernan Perez (R) of Olympiacos during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Olympiacos FC and Manchester United at Karaiskakis Stadi
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Olympiacos Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Olympiacos

Roberto: Looking solid, especially on United set-pieces.

Salino: Allowing Young and Evra to get behind him more than he’d like.

Manolas: Made a terrific block on a Young cross.

Marcano: Not giving anything away—not that he’s really been tested.

Holebas: More than holding his own opposite Valencia and Smalling.

Maniatis: Took the shot that allowed Dominguez to deflect the ball into goal for the opener.

N’Dinga: Completed an eye-popping 97% of his passes during the first half.

Campbell: Had a hand in the goal as well as he played the ball from the right to Maniatis.

Dominguez: The best attacker on the pitch through 45 minutes.

Perez: Has Smalling in his back pocket.

Olaitan: Only one shot, but has tracked back to make three tackles.


Full-Time analysis for Olympiacos

Roberto: Had only a single save to make and was confident on set-pieces.

Salino: Enjoyed a much better second half opposite Evra and Young, and later Kagawa.

Manolas: Distribution was poor, but he didn’t give Van Persie so much as a sniff of goal.

Marcano: Positionally sound, his breakout passes were generally accurate.

Holebas: Had Smalling in his back pocket in the second half.

Maniatis: Had three shots from midfield and generally ran the show in the centre of the park.

N’Dinga: The game’s best distributor of a ball—by a mile.

Campbell: Took his goal—a delightful, inward-curling effort—exceptionally well.

Dominguez: The action-man was withdrawn to a much-deserved standing ovation with 14 minutes remaining.

Perez: Distribution was awful, but commitment wasn’t found lacking as he executed three tackles.

Olaitan: Picked up an assist on the Campbell goal.

Machado: Distracted all and sundry with his moustache.

Fuster: Had only seven touches in a late cameo.

Valdez: The attacker’s late introduction showed just how comfortable Olympiacos were.

PIRAEUS, GREECE - FEBRUARY 25:  (L-R) Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick of Manchester United react as they restart the game after conceding their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Olympiacos FC and Manchester
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Manchester United Player Ratings
De Gea77
Van Persie55

Half-Time analysis for Manchester United

De Gea: Had no chance on the Dominguez deflection.

Smalling: Having an absolute nightmare—showing why he’s not a natural right-back.

Ferdinand: Two giveaways inside the opening five minutes.

Vidic: Made a heroic tackle on Dominguez to keep the scoreline level in the early going.

Evra: Booked in the third minute for a mild foul on Campbell.

Cleverley: Positioning has been poor, and he’s generally far too advanced from his own defenders when United attempt to move the ball from the back.

Carrick: A pass-completion rate of 94% and two tackles in a compensatory role for Cleverley.

Valencia: Can’t seem to properly place a single cross.

Rooney: Attempted a chip on Roberto following a short corner in the dying minutes of the first half.

Young: Has been bright at times and is showing some energy on the dribble.

Van Persie: Just 12 touches and not a single shot in the first half.


Full-Time analysis for Manchester United

De Gea: Couldn’t have done anything about either goal.

Smalling: An appalling performance from a player who has rarely impressed this season.

Ferdinand: Generally abysmal, and was lucky to still be on the pitch after a late, nasty foul.

Vidic: Did well to compensate for Ferdinand.

Evra: Offered a bit of an attacking outlet down the left, but was mostly pinned back in the second half.

Cleverley: Substituted shortly after the hour-mark—perhaps 61 minutes too late.

Carrick: Touched the ball 107 times yet accomplished absolutely nothing.

Valencia: Replaced by Kagawa after a forgetful performance.

Rooney: The only United player, other than Vidic, who showed even a hint of effort.

Young: Made a few useful crosses, although there was never a blue shirt on the end of them.

Van Persie: Touched the ball only 24 times—12 in each half.

Kagawa: Inspired one of United’s few moments of meaningful buildup in the dying minutes.

Welbeck: Showed a willingness to dribble, and to concede possession.


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