Player Ratings v Liverpool

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Starting XI

Van der Sar – 6: Quiet game for Edwin – Liverpool only had two shots on target all game. Little he could do for either goal. Not his fault Fletcher jumped out of the way for Gerrard’s freekick.

O’Shea – 6: A better performance, but still not convincing. Gave away freekick for equaliser. Thankfully Howard Webb decided against sending off O’Shea as he provided the cross for Berbatov’s winner. Who to play at right back is still a dilemma.

Evans -6.5: Would be 7.5 if not for the penalty. Overall he had a solid game. Seems there is bandwagon growing against Evans – the slightest mistake (okay the penalty is not slight) and he is jumped on. He’s had one poor performance against Fulham; he certainly wasn’t alone that day… When fit, Rio walks into the team, no question. Funny though how someone’s importance grows during their absence – Rio has made mistakes, all players make mistakes. Evans will become a top defender for Manchester United.

Vidic – 8: His last two performances against Liverpool should rectify the claims he struggles against Torres – he’s not been helped by the two sending’s off. In this fixture last season he looked nervous to begin with, by the end of 90 minutes he had erased some of his demons. On Sunday Vidic was superb, Torres barely got a kick.

Evra – 7: Probably his best performance of the season. The lack of a proper pre-season has lead to a slow start including lapses of concentration and goals being conceded against Fulham and Everton.

Nani – 7.5: Great game in his preferred right wing role – a constant attacking threat during the second half. I almost felt sorry for Konchesky, nah not really. I’ve knocked 0.5 off his score for his play acting – even Ronaldo would have been embarrassed by some of Nani’s antics, perhaps not.

Fletcher – 6.5: Not his greatest performance, but gave his all as per usual – plenty of donkey work allowing Scholes to shine. At fault for Liverpool’s second. Poor in possession at times – passing was very sloppy. He is yet to reach the heights of last season.

Scholes – 7.5: Controlled Man United’s midfield. Less spectacular than recent games but kept us ticking over. Can’t believe he misplaced the odd pass – he is rubbish, sell him.

Giggs: -7.5: Decent game considering he played throughout with illness. Crossing was slightly off, though an assist for Berbatov’s opener. Prevented Johnson from bombing forward and troubled England’s leading right back.

Rooney – 6: Marked improvement from his performance against Rangers where he was shocking. Still not at his best – struggled after Liverpool equalised. His touch is still off-ish, but more himself and put in a shift.

Berbatov -10: His second a contender of goal of the season? More of the same please Berbatov. Hat-trick – enough said.

Subs:

Macheda – 5: Nothing of note. I’ll credit him with a dummy header for Berbatov’s winner.

Anderson: Not on the pitch long enough to warrant a score. Great to see his return!! Hopefully he can remain injury free. His return will benefit Scholes.

Gibson: Limited opportunity.

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3 Comments

  1. agree with most ratings and i also agree that RB is a problem area for us. can anyone tell me why raphael has not featured at all this season. i know he got a Brasil call up in august (not sure if he played) but im yet to see him in any squad fergie puts out. surely this is his year to shine?

  2. Personally think Fergie is going for experience at the moment. I think a defence of Brown, Rio, Vida and Evra is solid and experienced. That’s my preferred defence. But at home against teams who prefer to sit back and let us attack I think Rafael should play. Not only will he provide better attacking quality but when the opposition counter attack, he’s quick enough to get back and cover.

    Can’t comment on the ratings. Fletch deserves an extra 0.5 for his sublime pass to Nani which led to Berba’s 2nd.

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