Sunday, 18 April 2010

United player ratings

Given It reflects well on our back four that he did not have too many saves to make. I can't face re-watching the goal so I don't know if he should have come for the cross. 6

Onuoha A pretty solid performance for the most part - reliable but not particularly adventurous - but he lost Evra for Scholes' goal. I imagine Zabaleta will come back at the Emirates. 5

Kompany Very nervy and error-prone for the first fifteen mintes - he is a touch prone to the panics - but once he settled down he was excellent. Went through the back of Rooney twice, which might have been the cause for his quiet performance. 6

He played fairly well for the most part but yet another soft late goal raises serious questions about his captaincy. When it really matters there's a lack of organisation and leadership. 6

Bridge Coming straight back into the side after his injury, he did better than Garrido or Sylvinho would have done with Valencia. Barely let a cross in for the first hour, though Valencia improved as the game went on. Had probably our best chance of the game. 6

Johnson Willing to run at Evra early on but it became increasingly clear that his cutting inside was surprising no-one and he seemed to lose confidence as the game went on. As quiet as he was against Liverpool and Chelsea. It was telling how much more effective Shaun Wright-Phillips was, who was taking Evra down the outside. 5

Barry Had one of his better games - he's coming back to form at the right time. Couldn't dominate the game but fired some lovely balls over the top to the wingers, and broke up play well. Dived to try to win us a penalty, but it was less subtle than his usual tumbles and he was lucky not to get booked. 7

De Jong Did a good job winning tackles in midfield, stifling the forays of the Darren and Darron pairing. Probably would have tracked Scholes for their goal had he been on the pitch but I don't think his substitution was a bad move. 7

Bellamy Had some joy running at Gary Neville and got into good positions but only put one threatening ball in all afternoon. Had our best chance but should have squared to Tévez. 6

Tévez Like the match itself, less fiesty than I was expecting. Very well marshalled by United's defence, he tried to conjure things up running from deep but nothing quite came off for him. 6

Adebayor Quite good hold-up play at times but drifted a bit with little effect. 6


SWP: Attacked Evra down the outside and caused more problems than AJ. 6

Vieira: Gave us a bit more presence in midfield and almost got into a goal scoring position. 6

Ireland Not enough time to make a real difference. n/a

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