The Real Footie Analyst

Player Ratings: Chelsea 0 Manchester United 1

A first half Wayne Rooney strike has made Manchester United firm favourites to progress to the semi-finals after a lacklustre display from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Man of the Match:

Wayne Rooney – 8

Even though his goal settled the first leg of the tie, Rooney’s all-round play, linking up the mid-field and not shirking away from his defensive duties has earned him my Man Of The Match.

Chelsea

Cech – 6 – Apart from the goal which he was helpless in stopping, the Chelsea goal keeper had a fairly good evening between the sticks.

Cole – 5 – Rarely got forward enough as he is known to do, and with the tactical change in putting Nani and Valencia on his flank stopped any ideas of Cole going on one of his buccaneering forward runs.

Ivanovich – 6 – The Serbian International dealt with the pressure of Rooney and Hernandez pretty well and even managed to force a save out of Van der Sar late in the second-half.

Terry – 6 – The Chelsea and England captain put in another steady performance together with Ivanovich.

Bosingwa – 5 – Started off brightly with his mazing overlapping runs, but was at fault by taking his eye off the ball and allowing Giggs to lay off the goalscoring pass.

Zhirkov – 5 – Struggled to make an impact on the game, although he almost set up Torres’s first goal for Chelsea.

Lampard – 5 – Frank did not look a shadow of himself tonight as the midfield maestro made miss-pass after miss-pass and was bossed all eveining by Carrick and Co. Should have equalised for Chelsea on the stroke of half-time.

Essien – 5 – The ‘Bison’ tried his best to keep the United midfield at bay was eventually moved to right-back late in the second half to replace Bosingwa.

Ramires – 5 – The Brazilian struggled to create any magic for the strikers and missed a golden opportunity to equalise with a header in the second half.

Drogba – 6 – Chelsea’s most influential player on the night forced a good save out of Van Der Sar in the early exchanges. Drogba was unfortunate to be substituted for Anelka midway through the second half.

Torres – 4 – The Fifty Million Pound man struggled to find his goal scoring boots again, and surprisingly was not substituted for Anelka.

Substitutions:

Malouda – 5 – The Frenchman tried his best to get his team back into the tie and added extra zip into the Chelsea midfield.

Anelka – 6 – Looked ominous when he came on, and would have posed a better threat with Drogba at his side as they know each other better.

Mikel – Too little time played to rate.

Manchester United

Van Der Sar – 8 – Made two vital stops in the first half to miraculously keep Chelsea out and pulled off a stunner to keep Fernando Torres’s header out in the second.

Evra – 8 – The battle hardened French International was solid at the back, most notably his goaline clearance of Lampard’s attempt at equalising the tie.

Ferdinand – 8 – His return to football after an injury lay-off could not have gone better and tracked the runs of Torres well.

Vidic – 7 – The Serbian went about his job in a quiet, yet efficient manner and thrived in having his central Defender partner back.

Rafael – 7 – The Brazillian twin produced another mature display and was unfortunate to pick up an injury midway through the game.

Carrick – 8 – Another candidate for man of the match, the midfielder played an exquisite cross field pass to Giggs which left Bosingwa bamboozled as Rooney did the rest. Carrick also broke up the Chelsea play to good effect.

Park – 7 – Another industrious performance by a man with so much heart. His tracking of the Chelsea midfielders were immaculate and made some vital interceptions near the end.

Giggs – 7 – The older he gets, the better he plays. Giggs’s magical first touch from Carrick’s crossfield pass ensured that Rooney got his goal served on a platter.

Valencia – 7 – The abrasive winger kept pushing Chelsea backwards. Valencia was moved to Right Back to replace the injured Rafael. This masterstroke by Ferguson ensured that Cole did not bomb up down the flank.

Hernandez – 7 – Although he never registered a single shot on target, he linked up nicely with Rooney and was a constant threat on the counterattack for Chelsea.

Substitutions:

Nani – 6 – Came on as a replacement for Rafael. The Portuguese wingman tried his best to catch Chelsea on the break and almost had his wish granted late on.

Berbatov- Too little time played to rate.

Smalling- Too little time played to rate.

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