Player Ratings: Manchester United vs. Fulham

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By James Johnson.

Manchester United

Kuszczak 6 – Coming off his comments in the morning papers you would have expected the Polish international to have been at his very best, however his handling and distribution were poor all game. Made one very good save from Gudjohnsen late on.

O Shea 6 – Solid enough game from O Shea, didn’t have a lot to do defensively and supported the attack when needed. Could be a crucial player in the run in with the amount of injuries at the back.

Smalling 7 – As he has done all season coped with whatever was thrown at him, looked composed both defensively and on the ball, was vital in starting moves from the back.

Vidic 7 – Like Smalling dealt with Fulham’s attack well. Needs to get out of the habit however of giving unnecessary free kicks away around the box.

Evra 7 – The Frenchman’s best game for a while. Did well when defending and was a constant threat going forward. Played a superb ball to Nani for the second goal.

Gibson 6 – Did well in a more defensive role than we usually see him in. Kept the ball well and covered for Anderson when he was going forward.

Scholes 6 – A quiet game on his first match back from suspension. Patrolled the centre circle with his usual composure, although his passing wasn’t up to his usual high standards.

Anderson 7
– After a quiet first ten minutes when he didn’t touch the ball he became very influential. His running the ball was a constant threat to the Fulham defence and his passing was top notch. Played a superb ball out wide in the build up to the first goal and did well with the one two with Nani.

Valencia 8 – It’s like he has never been away. From the first whistle he gave the Fulham defence a lot of problems. His running with the ball was superb and opened up the opposition on many occasions, could have possibly played a better ball on a couple of attacks but was well worth his goal.

Nani 9 – Once again proved his exclusion from the player of the year awards to be an extremely strange decision. Was the man of a match by a country mile. Gave the Fulham right back a torrid time throughout the match and did superbly for the first goal with quick feet. Should probably have got the second goal himself but chose to be a little flashing, but once again showed why he has been Man United’s best player this season.

Berbatov 9 – Berbatov against a mid table side at Old Trafford generally means a goal and today was no different. Was superb all day and usual his touch was superb, did brilliantly to bring others into the game and took his goal superbly well. Could well be the key the FA Cup against City with Rooney being out.

Owen (on 72) 6 – Didn’t get too much of the ball when he came on but had one run that was unlucky not to create a third.

Fabio (on 77) 5 – Didn’t get an opportunity to show what he can do.

Carrick (on 87) 5 – Only had the chance to get on the ball once or twice.

Fulham

Schwarzer 5 – His decision to come out of his goal was a poor one and left Nani with too much time and space to cause the second goal. Made a decent save from Anderson.

Baird 5 – Not the first and won’t be the last to be run ragged by Nani. Couldn’t get hold of the Portuguese winger throughout the game and will have been happy to hear the final whistle. Had one good strike on goal in the second half.

Hangeland 6 – Did well enough at the back but will be disappointed in himself for playing Nani onside for the second goal. Didn’t get a chance to show his attacking threat from set pieces.

Hughes 5 – Didn’t have the best of games up against Berbatov and was unlucky to divert the ball to Valencia in the box which left him with an easy header.

Salcido 6 – Was a good outlet for Fulham on the break but struggling to cope with Valencia’s direct style of play.

Dempsey 5 – Apart from one effort in the second half was unusually quiet. Began to look very frustrated in the second half with a lack of time on the ball.

Etuhu 6 – The most solid of the Fulham midfielders, always looked to play the ball along the ground and start attacks.

Murphy 4 – Probably the worst game Murphy has had at Old Trafford. Kept giving the ball away and didn’t get a chance to try his luck from set pieces. Made on ridiculous challenge on Nani in the second half which summed his day up.

Kakuta 7 – The on loan Chelsea midfielder was the best player on the park for Fulham. Always looked to be positive with the ball and start attacks. Had a couple of decent efforts, the best of which was in the first minute of the game.

Zamora 6 – Suffered from a lack of service from the midfield. Had a half chance in the first half that he could have done better with and a free kick in the second that he will be disappointed didn’t hit the target.

Dembele 6 – A willing runner until he was taken off. Made of chance but like Zamora suffered from a lack of service.

Greening (on 82) 5 – Didn’t get a chance to alter proceedings.

Gudjohnsen (on 55) 7 – Along with Kakuta was the one Fulham player to be positive with the ball, created a few half chances for his team mates and was unlucky not to score with a great effort from the edge of the box in the second half.

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5 Comments

  1. Berba 9? No 6.5 is enough. He was always lost possession and he holds the ball and collects opposition players to disposses him at counter-attacks.

  2. Mancunian Red on

    I was at the game as usual the best any one deserved was a 7. We didn’t play that well. Nani was probably MothM with a 7. Berbs not too far off.

  3. James Johnson on

    Berbatov was unlucky not to have had another goal, and as usual was brilliant on the ball. Whilst not his biggest fan to say he kept giving the ball away is harsh, the times he did he was trying to be positive and play the ball forward.

    Gibson did well enough but without really doing very much, thankfully he didn’t try his five long range efforts that we are usually treated too.

    Mancunian Red, Whilst we didn’t play superb we did enough in the first half to get the lead and there was no need to push the issue in the second half. t times we played some good football, especially on the wings. Had we given them a goal I fully expect that we would have gone on to get another goal or two.

    At this stage of the season getting the points is the important factor and to keep the players fresh.

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