Blackpool vs. Manchester United: Player Ratings for Red Devils' 3-2 Win

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Blackpool vs. Manchester United: Player Ratings for Red Devils' 3-2 Win
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Berbatov celebrates his winner as United come from behind once again.

Edwin van der Sar: Six

Made a few smart saves, and was as sure as ever; though one might feel that two goals conceded from corners shows a lack of command from the keeper.

 

Rafael: Eight

Continues to impress as United's firm first-choice right back. Injury curtailed what was another swashbuckling performance from the young Brazilian.

 

Chris Smalling: Five

Looked nervous throughout the first half, clearing his lines without conviction and failed to assert his aerial dominance. Performed better after the break.

 

Nemanja Vidic: Six

Perhaps his least commanding performance of the season almost capped off by an own goal in the first 45. Like Smalling, better after the interval, and won his duels with target man Harewood.

 

Patrice Evra: Six

Caught out of position on a few occasions, but lent himself well to the United attack—his linkup with Giggs in the second half was causing the home side problems.

 

Nani: Six

Appeared to beat his marks man from the off, though never really took him to town. Some good spurts, but the final ball was still lacking.

 

Darren Fletcher: Seven

Does the Scotsman ever have a bad game? An even matchup between him and Charlie Adam. Showed his wingers the way with a smart cross for Berbatov to score.

 

Paul Scholes: Six

Not in full flow while on his way back from injury. Still barely put a pass wrong and even though opposite number Adam received more plaudits, the veteran began to exert control in the second period.

 

Darren Gibson: Four

Rather flat performance while in a central three and looked uncomfortable when asked to play wide left. Replaced by Giggs at the interval.

 

Wayne Rooney: Five

Spent much of his time in the wide left position before moving to a more central role. Save for one shot from the edge of the box, failed to have any real impact on the game. Taken off on the hour for Hernandez.

 

Dimitar Berbatov: Eight

The goals keep flowing for the Bulgarian hit man who grabbed a brace. Showed great footwork and underlined belief among his teammates that he can just go on and score when given the ball in the final third.

 

Substitutes

Ryan Giggs: Seven

Immediately gave his side more balance playing 4-4-2 when introduced at halftime. Excellent ball to release Hernandez for the equaliser.

 

Xavier Hernandez: Seven

Continues to show a keen eye for goal. Two one-on-ones off the back of smart runs, one of which he tucked away. Gave the forward line the spark Rooney could not.

 

Anderson: Six

On for the injured Rafael with Fletcher moving to right back for the last 10 minutes. His usual bounce and tenacity gave United added energy in search of a winner.

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