Player Ratings: Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Manchester United

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 7: The Spaniard was solid between the sticks for United and made an impressive and extremely brave claim early in the second half. Also pulled off a great save to keep United in the lead later on. Commanded his box well.

Rafael 7: Offered a good outlet from the right-hand side and he enjoyed some neat forays forward from the full-back slot. Linked up well with Antonio Valencia. Defensively, he did what was required of him too in a solid display.

Chris Smalling 7: An understated display from the England international. He didn’t have a great deal to do with Vidic gobbling up everything which stood before him but made a few crucial blocks and mopped up when required.

Nemanja Vidic 9: Comfortably United’s best player. The Serbian won 100% of his aerial duels and made 20 clearances to illustrate just how dominant the skipper was. Led by example on a tough night, read the game well and looks close to his magnificent best.

Patrice Evra 6: Didn’t attack with his usual vigour but was by no means as poor as some would like to make out. Was at times a little suspect positionally but the experienced Frenchman won his fair share of tackles throughout the contest.

Antonio Valencia 5: Another wholly disappointing display from the winger. Showed the occasional glimpse of his former self but he was again guilty of pondering on the ball and rarely took his man on. Should have done better in the build-up to Shakhtar’s goal.

Michael Carrick 6: Played as the deepest of a midfield three and moved the ball well. He recovered possession well and rarely looked like he was breaking sweat in a comfortable, if unspectacular 90 minutes. Improving after a slow start to the season.

Maroaune Fellaini 5: Did well for United’s goal, crossing for Welbeck to slot home, but the Belgian was rather sloppy in possession and perhaps didn’t offer the physicality one would expect. Withdrawn after a harsh booking on the hour mark.

Tom Cleverley 7: Looked neat as part of a midfield trio as he often does and passed the ball nicely throughout. He put himself about too, offering a combative midfield presence, and linked superbly with Danny Welbeck when United attacked.

Danny Welbeck 7: Played from the left and as he put it in his post-match interview, he ‘put a shift in!’ The forward played intelligently, dropped into space well and caused the experienced Darijo Srna some problems. Scored a goal too, which is nice to see.

Robin van Persie 6: The Dutchman was isolated for large periods of the game but coped admirably with the physical battle. His hold up play was good and he was typically classy when the ball was on the deck. Should have scored in the 70th minute though.

Substitutes

Ryan Giggs 5: Replaced Fellaini to become the player with the most appearances in the Champions League. Displayed some nice touches but his decision making was questionable.

Phil Jones: The latest of late subs in an effort to wear the clock down. Some would argue he should have been introduced 15 minutes earlier.

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