Manchester United vs. Olympiakos: Live Player Ratings for the Red Devils

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 19, 2014

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 08:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on March 8, 2014 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Manchester United's season is on the verge of self-destruction, but if they can pull out a result from the abyss against Olympiakos, perhaps the vultures can be staved off a little while longer.

It's a sad indictment of a shocking season under David Moyes, but it's the truth: Lose on aggregate against the Greek champions, and all hell will likely break loose.

The Red Devils trail 2-0 from the first leg, so can they turn it around? Join us for what we hope is a true goal-fest, and check in on our live player ratings—updated at half-time and full time.


Manchester United XI


Manchester United XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
De GeaGK88
Van PersieST89

De Gea: Did very little of note for long periods, then pulled out a world-class double-save to rescue United's hopes.

Rafael: Gave the ball away a few times, but had some good runs ignored by ball-players too.

Jones: Had an absolute nightmare coping with Joel Campbell. Improved in the second half.

Ferdinand: Solid enough; the action was quiet on his side.

Evra: Threatened with a great header in the first half; a good attacking presence on the left, but suspect defensively. Committed a very poor challenge and will miss the second leg.

Valencia: Played on despite taking a big hit to the head; Strong in the run but poor in his decision-making.

Carrick: Recycled the ball well, but did very little to influence the game.

Giggs: Played some nice balls and broke up play rather well. Impressive from the veteran.

Welbeck: Threatened over the top early on, but his influence waned. His touch let him down.

Rooney: Played a varied role that saw him pop up in plenty of different areas; Effective, and claimed two assists.

Van Persie: Smashed home his penalty well and played on the shoulder of the defence. Slotted a second past Roberto with aplomb and converted a free-kick for his hat-trick.