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United 3-1 Spurs: Player Ratings

Manchester United endured a bit of a test at Old Trafford.  In addition to the epidemic of flu Spurs weren’t pushovers either.  My thoughts below for the players.

van der Sar (7) – Not a lot to do but made a few key catches from dangerous looking crosses.  Initial fitness concerns in the first half seemed to disappear.

Rafael (6) – Excellent marshalling of Bale and Modric was tainted by poor defending for Spurs’ goal.  Had he stayed on the post he could have prevented the goal.

Vidic (7) – Not tested until Crouch came on late in the second half.  Looked assured and confident in his challenges with a delicious toe poke to disposess Gudjonson taking top honours.

Evans  (6) – Not much to do, fairly anonymous which is not a bad quality in a defender.  He continues to look the business as a replacement for Ferdinand.  Not vintage defending though.

Evra (6) – Typical energy and endeavour but was hampered by Chelsea hoodoo in the second half.  An evacuated stomach early in the second half tempered his involvement and was replaced by O’Shea.

Valencia (8) – Superb work on the right in both the attacking and defending thirds.  Popped up in the middle ahead of his own 18 yard box to make a crucial tacke.  Typical concentration and discipline.  Unfortunately injured in the second half and replaced by Carrick.

Fletcher (7) – Energetic and decisive in midfield.  As usual he provided the grit and drive in United’s heart.  Seemed to tire late on in the match.

Scholes (8) – If Fletcher is the “Lub” in United’s heart then Scholes was the “Dub”.  Metronome passing with rapier like accuracy.  Given acres of space to boss the game and pin Spurs back at will.

Giggs (6) – Beginning to look off the pace.  His legs can’t keep up with Scholes’ vision anymore.  He’s certainly reliable but will find his opportunities limited as we approach the finish line.

Nani (9) – He provided a glimpse of the magic we saw earlier this year against Arsenal.  His goal that made it 2-1 to United was really a thing of beauty and worth a “Youtube”.  His running also lured Palacios into the challenge that provided United with the second penalty.  The passing Nani displayed was something you’d expect from Giggs with several long passes bi-secting the Tottenham defense.

Berbatov (7) – A good showing from the much maligned front man.  No Rooney once again meant the spotlight was on the Bulgarian and he showed a slightly improved workrate along with some very good hold up play.  His backheel to Evra in the area flummoxed the Tottenham defense and created the first goal.

Substitutes:

60th Carrick for Valencia (5) – Made little impact but avoided any blunders.  He should be concerned he wasn’t chosen to start this match

67th O’Shea for Evra (4) – Not up to the challenge of Aaron Lennon and Assou-Ekotto and looked shaky.

80th Macheda for Rafael (7) – Superb cameo for the young Italian.  Provided the through ball for Nani’s gem and showed some excellent hold up play and close control.  Certainly did his reputation no harm.  Well done.