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Manchester United player ratings vs Bayern – Carrick poor, Welbeck determined

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Bayern Munich bore the look of a sleeping bear, waiting to be poked. They had been unusually flat but characteristically superior in possession, but after Evra’s stunning effort, beating Manuel Neuer with a flying strike, Bayern immediately upgraded.

United would have gratefully received Jose Mourinho’s wisdom from yesterday evening. The United coaching staff and substitutes celebrated the incredible strike on the touchline, leaping from the dugout in utter joy. Bayern awoke 22 seconds later, through Mario Mandzukic before Thomas Müller and the outstanding Arjen Robben put the tie to bed. United were ultimately eliminated and outclassed. Bayern deserved progression.

Here are the player ratings from the Allianz Arena:

David De Gea – 6/10

Spaniard was helpless for all three goals but was generally a commanding force in the Unjted goalmouth, collecting crosses and corner deliveries well under pressure.

Phil Jones – 7/10

The England defender neutralized the threat posed by Ballon d’Or finalist Franck Ribery sufficiently. A disciplined performance before the observant eyes of the attending Roy Hodgson.

Chris Smalling – 7/10

Selected by Moyes for his “greater athleticism”, Smalling enhanced his World Cup chances with a solid display. Disciplined up against Mandzukic and looked much more comfortable at centre-half than at right-back.

Nemanja Vidic – 6/10

This was vintage Vidic, putting his body on the line for the cause. His Serb-Croatian duel with Mandzukic, a sequel to hostility in the first-leg at Old Trafford, was an interesting sub-plot.

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Patrice Evra – 6/10

The Frenchman scored a sensational strike but the adrenaline of the goal got to him, with the full-back caught out for Mandzukic’s equaliser and culpable for Bayern’s second and third goals.

Antonio Valencia – 6/10

Ecaudorian was an energetic option on the right flank, marauding up and down the side, but his distribution in the final third was unimpressive.

Darren Fletcher – 7/10

The Scotsman now seems to have fully recovered from his health issues and return to top form, breaking up developing passages of Bayern play shimmering with danger. How he was overlooked for the oblivious Maraoune Fellaini in the first-leg remains bewildering.

Michael Carrick – 5/10

Carrick was once again disappointing on the big European stage, out-played substantially by Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze. Lacks the quick feet to flourish at this high level.

Shinji Kagawa – 6/10

In a rich vein of form, the Japanese midfielder was a rare selection of faith and did not disappoint, picking up smart positions and finding pockets of space. Was at times caught out by the lethal Arjen Robben when carrying out his defensive duties.

Wayne Rooney – 6/10

The United forward was jeered throughout by the Bavarian support but each public show of derision seemed to lift him. However, he was uncharacteristically hesistant in-front of goal, spurning a fabulous opportunity created by great work by Welbeck. Rooney ran himself into the ground.

Danny Welbeck – 7/10

Impressive and full of energy, cementing his place in Hodgson’s World Cup plans barring any unfortunate injuries.

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Comments (9)

  1. Rooney play nonsense for man u tonight

  2. Rooney was very clearly unfit! Spurned 2 great chances. Hw d hell u rate him 6/10 is beyond me.Moyes ought nt 2hav played him considering chicha’s rich vein of form lately.

  3. Funny how Valencia gets a rating that low yet he was part of two of the only good moves we had with 300000 pound man fucking it up

    • You are very rite in fact hes the nly player who was brilliant image fletcher never maintain possession nt evn once he ws wors thn carrick oggg lets be realistic

  4. Rooney:4
    valencia and kagawa deserve a 7

  5. i hate this match as a fan manutd!!we didnt have any good attackers,just rooney?

  6. U are drunk who ever you are wellbeck was fucked dead so do well fletcher nly players was valencia n kkagawa bt our stricmers were dead…carrick was better than fletcher ….

  7. man of the match without doubt Phil Jones – how anyone else has not mentioned him shows a complete lack of knowledge regards football. Kagawa and Fletcher also deserve a pat on the back as does Wellbeck. Valencia improved towards the end but the quality of his final delivery has deteriorated horrifically over the past couple of seasons. Rooney whilst running round a lot was terrible with his first touch, wasted / couldn’t hold on to possession and blew two golden chances whilst unbelievably blaming Welbeck for the second. 250K a week – not worth 250 quid based on today ! Why Welbeck was sacrificed instead of him is beyond me.
    Evra great goal and solid in defence until his ripper of a goal. Totally lost it regarding his defensive duties from that point.
    Overall a valiant atempt by some for 59 mins but we were not playing the Utd way. Once again dictated to by one of our major rivals. Simply not good bloody good enough whichever way you look at it. Moyes seems to freeze and tactically have no plan B when things turn to sh1t. Unfortunately that’s been way too often this season. Should we entrust him with 200 million – really not sure if he can handle the stature of the club and the top players we have and need more of.

  8. One wonders if whoever noted down these ratings had a chance to watch football. Go analys your football well