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Manchester United v Bayern Munich: How the players rated

Published 01/04/2014 | 22:06

Manchester United's David de Gea makes a save during their Champions League quarter-final first leg soccer match against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford in Manchester, April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Manchester United's David de Gea makes a save during their Champions League quarter-final first leg soccer match against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford in Manchester, April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

Manchester United and Bayern finished level at Old Trafford to set up an intriguing second leg in Munich. Here is how the players rated.

Manchester United

DAVID DE GEA: Had a reasonably quiet night considering Bayern's early dominance but did produce a fine save to deny Arjen Robben. - 7/10

PHIL JONES: Deployed at right-back for most of the game and was kept busy but his positioning was excellent and some interventions crucial. - 8

RIO FERDINAND: Held tight back line alongside his familiar partner Nemanja Vidic and was usually to be found in the right place. - 8

NEMANJA VIDIC: Also strong at the back, where did a particularly good job to keep Thomas Muller quiet, and capped a fine display by heading United in front. - 9

ALEXANDER BUTTNER: Had some shaky early moments when he was caught by Bayern's pace but took no chances and did a respectable job before being forced off. - 6

MAROUANE FELLAINI: Gave up possession too often and only occasionally imposed himself going forward before being caught out for Bayern's equaliser. - 6

MICHAEL CARRICK: Unable to get hold of the game in midfield and often had to backtrack, although at times to good effect. - 6

RYAN GIGGS: Could not exert the influence he did against Olympiacos and was withdrawn at half-time. - 6

ANTONIO VALENCIA: Collected a reckless early booking and was lucky to escape further punishment. Provided an occasional attacking option before being withdrawn to right-back. - 6

WAYNE ROONEY: Struggled to get involved as much as he would have liked but showed his usual commitment to drive United on and his delivery for Vidic's goal was excellent. - 8

DANNY WELBECK: Spurned United's best opportunity of the first half after making a lively start, when he also had a goal disallowed, but then faded. - 6


SHINJI KAGAWA (on for Giggs, 46): Despite some calls for him to be used more of late, he did not have great influence after entering the fray. - 6

ASHLEY YOUNG (on for Buttner, 74): Prompted a reshuffle at the back when he came on for the injured left-back but saw little of the ball out wide. - 6

JAVIER HERNANDEZ (on for Welbeck, 84): Fresh legs late in the game. - 6

Bayern Munich

MANUEL NEUER: Not often tested by United but in the right place when he was and showed great composure to deny Welbeck. - 6

DAVID ALABA: Often a threat on the left as Bayern swept forward. - 7

JEROME BOATENG: Former Manchester City man looked the most vulnerable of the Bayern defence and a slip to allow Welbeck in almost proved costly. - 6

JAVI MARTINEZ: Was also troubled by Welbeck early on but unruffled thereafter. - 6

RAFINHA: Also keen to get forward, provided a threat down the right. - 7

BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER: Provided a thumping finish for Bayern's equaliser but after an untroubled first half, he was unsettled in the second period and saw red for two bookable offences. - 7

PHILIPP LAHM: Provided solidity in the midfield as Bayern controlled play early on but was forced back to defensive duties later on. - 7

FRANCK RIBERY: Regularly ran at the United defence and linked superbly with Robben, lacking only the cutting edge. - 8

TONI KROOS: Controlled the game in the first half, pulling the strings in the Bayern midfield, but United then started to get to grips with him. - 8

ARJEN ROBBEN: Looked like Bayern's chief weapon and was tough to handle, having one superb effort saved by De Gea and a number of further opportunities. - 8

THOMAS MULLER: Lacked presence up front and was taken off after Bayern fell behind. - 6


MARIO MANDZUKIC (on for Muller, 63): Immediately provided a focal point for the Bayern attacks after they fell behind and was instrumental in setting up the equaliser. - 7

MARIO GOTZE (on for Kroos, 74): Tried to add a bit more dynamism but United watched him well. - 6

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