Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 1, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Phil Jones of Manchester United and Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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This UEFA Champions League quarterfinal tie remains on a knife edge following Tuesday’s first leg draw at Old Trafford.

Manchester United opened the scoring just prior to the hour-mark thanks to a Nemanja Vidic header from Wayne Rooney’s corner that beat Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to the far post.

But the guests weren’t long in equalising, and in the 66th minute Bastian Schweinsteiger had restored level terms after directing a Mario Mandzukic knockdown past David De Gea.

The second leg will be played next Wednesday, April 9, at Allianz-Arena.

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

Manchester United Player Ratings
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Half-Time analysis for Manchester United

De Gea: Has been dominant on set pieces.

Jones: Made at least a pair of vital interventions inside his own 18-yard box.

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Ferdinand: Yet to put a foot wrong.

Vidic: Did exceptionally well to dig out a dangerous Alaba cross.

Buttner: So far handling the Robben threat rather better than expected.

Fellaini: Distribution has been abysmal, but he’s getting stuck in.

Carrick: Sitting very, very deep and has only touched the ball 17 times.

Giggs: Only 14 touches for the Welshman, who is sitting in that second bank of four.

Valencia: Showing the odd burst down the right.

Welbeck: Proving a bit of a challenge for Boateng and Martinez.

Rooney: United’s best player so far has defended, thrown himself into tackles and set up teammates.

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Full-Time analysis for Manchester United

De Gea: Was dominant in the air and had no chance on the Schweinsteiger goal.

Jones: Put himself to good use, both as a right-back and then as a left-back following Buttner’s injury.

Ferdinand: Could have done better in tracking Schweinsteiger in the buildup to the Bayern equaliser.

Vidic: His goal capped off a display that was nothing less than heroic.

Buttner: Acquitted himself well opposite Robben before hobbling off with a leg injury.

Fellaini: Played the full 90 minutes and improved his distribution considerably after the restart.

Carrick: United’s deepest-sitting midfielder didn’t touch the ball all that much, but he was far brighter in the second half.

Giggs: Substituted at the break for Kagawa.

Valencia: Shifted to right-back following the Buttner injury and continued to play in useful crosses.

Welbeck: Did yeoman’s work alone up top before being replaced by Hernandez.

Rooney: Put in an inspired performance and delivered the corner that Vidic headed into goal.

Kagawa: Was next to anonymous throughout the second half.

Young: Only 12 touches after replacing Buttner in the 74th minute.

Hernandez: Touched the ball just three times in a brief cameo.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01:  Phil Jones of Manchester United is tackled by Thomas Mueller of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 20
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Bayern Munich Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Bayern Munich

Neuer: Did well to make himself big and deny Welbeck.

Rafinha: Took two shots as he operated essentially as a winger.

Boateng: Has completed 95% of his passes out of the defense.

Martinez: Perhaps a weak spot in the centre of defense for Bayern.

Alaba: Delivering dangerous cross after dangerous cross from the left.

Lahm: A pass completion rate of 97%, although he’s yet to play that killer ball.

Robben: Forced De Gea into a spectacular save midway through the first half.

Schweinsteiger: Winning back possession quickly and high up the pitch.

Kroos: Already an astonishing 79 touches of the ball.

Ribery: Combining exceptionally well with Alaba.

Muller: Might not be long until Mandzukic replaces him.

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Full-Time analysis for Bayern Munich

Neuer: Made three saves and was well beaten on the Vidic goal.

Rafinha: Plenty of involvement, and that United chose to attack Alaba is telling.

Boateng: Made an important challenge on Hernandez late on.

Martinez: Will miss the second leg after picking up a booking.

Alaba: His distribution waned after the restart, but he still troubled the United defense with plenty of dangerous crosses from the left.

Lahm: Ended the night with 106 touches and a passing rate of 97%.

Robben: Took six shots—two of which required good saves from De Gea, another of which hit the upright.

Schweinsteiger: Took his goal well, but got sent off after picking up a second booking and will miss the second leg.

Kroos: Bayern’s metronome was replaced by Gotze midway through the second half.

Ribery: Involved across the attacking third, and created numerous goalscoring chances.

Muller: Came off in favour of Mandzukic following a mostly indifferent performance.

Mandzukic: Was introduced to provide a target, and ended up knocking the ball down for Schweinsteiger to turn into goal.

Gotze: Only 16 touches in a 16-minute showing.


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