Monday 29 December 2014

Champions League final: Manchester United player ratings

Published 28/05/2009 | 00:00

EDWIN VAN DER SAR

Made some important stops and saves, not least from Henry and Puyol, but will be unhappy to be well beaten by Eto'o at his near post. 7

JOHN O'SHEA

A solid outing from the Irishman who held firm and could not be blamed for either goal. 6

RIO FERDINAND

Struggled with his distribution in the first period and never once looked on top of Barca's free-flowing forward line. 5

NEMANJA VIDIC

The Red Devils' player of the season avoided humiliation against an attacking trio who have shredded lesser defenders but, like his partner, made little impact. 6

PATRICE EVRA

Appeared redundant at times as his supposed task of keeping Messi quiet was rendered moot by the forward's constant drifting into central positions. AWOL going forward. 5

ANDERSON

Started well but faded after Barca's opener and paid the price for his side's lethargy when he was replaced at half-time. 5

MICHAEL CARRICK

Symptomatic of United's general malaise in the middle of the park, Carrick failed to find his runners and had no answer to a superb opposition midfield. 5

RYAN GIGGS

Not one of the Welshman's most distinguished displays, but he was cooler in possession than most of his team-mates, despite tiring. 6

PARK JI-SUNG

Park has a reputation as a big-game player, but there were no magic moments from the South Korean despite bags of energy and a couple of near misses. 6

CRISTIANO RONALDO

The mercurial Portuguese looked set to have one of his special nights when he went close in only the second minute, but despite his constant energy he was bested every time when it mattered. 6

WAYNE ROONEY

Looked unhappy to be on the wing instead of central and spent 90 minutes trying -- and failing -- to get involved. 5

Substitutes

CARLOS TEVEZ

For Anderson 45 mins: Anticip-ation from United's fans was tangible when the Argentina striker was sent on but it was an uninspired shift. 5

DIMITAR BERBATOV

For Park 66 mins: Typically laconic cameo with little or no end product. 5

PAUL SCHOLES

For Giggs 75 mins: Handed a thankless task for the final quarter of an hour he merely succeeded in earning a booking for a trademark foul. 5

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