Player ratings: Real Madrid vs Manchester United – Perfect De Gea

by Tom Parker

David De GeaMan of the match. A near perfect performance from the young Spaniard who appeared to come of age in his hometown. Was called upon to make a string of top-class saves and was at his flying best to deny Coentrao in the first half. Followed up with an unorthodox stop in the second vs the Portugeuse fullback. Making those in the media eat their words. 9.

Rafael – A shoddy first half from Rafael who was too eager to get tight to former team-mate Ronaldo, was booked for a silly foul in the first half but showed his progression as a player by looking far better in the second half and not receiving a red. He was walking a tight-rope. Rash first 45 but more confident in the second period. 6.

Jonny Evans – Justified his selection ahead of club captain Nemanja Vidic with a number of fine blocks, interceptions and last-ditch tackles. Maturing into a world-class defender and didn’t look phased or out of his depth at the home of the Spanish champions. 8.

Rio Ferdinand – Another fantastic performance in a big-game from Rio who appears to save his best for the big occasions. One fantastic tackle to deny Ronaldo a certain goal. Almost telepathic understanding between him and Evans was key. The experienced defender is making an absolute mockery of his exclusion from the England squad for “footballing reasons.” 8.

Patrice Evra – Made the decision to stay really tight to opposing winger Angel Di Maria and virtually followed him around the pitch. Was caught out of position on a couple of occasions, drew a foul and a certain red from Varane with a run in behind which the referee failed to spot. Unlucky for Ronaldo’s goal. The former Red was head, shoulders and torso above the diminutive Frenchman with a fantastic leap for the goal. 6

Michael Carrick – Struggled to control the game with the same ease often witnessed in the Premier League as United set out to defend. Made good interceptions and tackles but struggled without the time on the ball often afforded to him at league level. Important, nonetheless. 7.

Phil Jones – Put his body on the line for the cause and covered the often over adventurous Rafael Da Silva well. Was often tasked with shackling the iconic forward Ronaldo and prevented a certain goal late on in the contest. Perhaps fortunate not to give away a penalty, but is emerging as a key player. 8.

Wayne Rooney – Wasn’t at his offensive best but did a really good job defensively and was important in keeping Madrid’s impressive left side quiet. Picked out a few cross-field passes and claimed an assist, but sacrificed some attacking verve for the team. 7.

Shinji Kagawa – Perhaps the surprise inclusion in the starting eleven and he got in behind Madrid’s defence on a couple of occasions early on. Was a little wasteful in possession and was replaced by Ryan Giggs after the hour mark. More was expected. 5.

Danny Welbeck – His goal was just his second of the season in probably the biggest performance of his brief career. His away strike could prove vital in United progressing to the quarters but it was his selfless work ethic which was most impressive. 8.

Robin Van Persie – Had three great chances to score, twice denied by Lopez but should have finished off a volley to give United the lead. Found himself in an unfamiliar deeper position and his classy dribbling drove the Reds up the pitch. Wastefulness in front of goal could prove costly. 6.

Subs

Ryan Giggs – Received a standing ovation from the home crowd had one excellent chance to score, where the goal was gaping. Elected to take a touch and the chance was gone. Worked hard to protect Patrice Evra and demonstrated some classy touches. 6.

Antonio Valencia – Was brought on to provide an outball and to protect Rafael, who had been cautioned. Did both reasonably well as United sought to preserve a draw.6

Anderson – Ineffectual ten minutes, often sloppy in possession. 5

You may also like

Leave a Comment