The Real Footie Analyst

Player Ratings: Manchester United 2 Marseille 1

Manchester United

Edwin Van Der Sar – (8) Another Stellar performance from the Dutchman whose safe hands kept United’s shaky defence stable.

Patrice Evra – (7) The United captain produced another solid performance and kept Loic Remy at bay.

Chris Smalling – (6) Without the guidance of Vidic, he looked a little bit uncertain at times.

Wes Brown – (6) Lacking game-time, he produced a good enough performance on the night.

John O’ Shea – (5) Although he was taken off early in the game for a suspected hamstring injury, he combined well with Nani on the right.

Ryan Giggs – (7) Kept on knocking on the door with his skill and guile and his assist in the second goal was magic.

Paul Scholes – (7) The general in the heart of United’s midfield pulled the strings all evening and ensured a quality attacking platform.

Michael Carrick – (7) Cleaned up the loose balls well and provided a solid performance in the centre.

Nani – (5) At times he seemed two minded about taking on Taiwo, but provided good width for Scholes and Carrick.

Wayne Rooney – (8) Probably one of his best games all season, Rooney sprayed some exquisite passes and was a constant threat.

Javier Hernandez – (8) His two goals on the night ensured United’s passage to the last eight.

Rafael Da Silva – (6) Came on as a substitute for John O Shea and got stretched off for a similar injury in the second half.

Fabio Da Silva – (4) Filled in for his twin brother at right-back and never looked comfortable in his time on the pitch.

Antonio Valencia – (7) Played a major role in United’s second goal was a constant threat to Marseille.

Marseille

Steve Mandanda – (5) was kept busy all evening by a crisp Manchester United attack.

Rod Fanni – (4) Never looked in the game from the get go and found Giggs and Evra a little too much to handle.

Souleymane Diawara – (4) Had to score from an early header in the first half and was caught by the pace of Hernandez and the movement of Rooney.

Gabriel Heinze – (5) The former Red Devil was one of the better Marseille players on the night and tried his utmost to keep the United attack out.

Taye Taiwo – (6) The Nigerian International kept Nani at bay for most of the evening.

Stephane Mbia – (4) Failed to track the runs of Rooney and Hernandez.

Benoit Cheyrou – (6) One of Marseille’s best players on the evening kept threatening throughout the game and had a super opportunity saved by Van Der Sar in the second half.

Lucho Gonzalez – (4) Failed to make any significant impact on the game. Was anonymous for most parts of the tie.

Loic Remy – (6) Marseille’s top scorer troubled the Manchester United back four all evening.

Andre-Pierre Gignac – (4) Had a great chance early on in the game, but failed to make an impact thereafter.

Andre Ayew – (5) The Ghanaian tried his best, but struggled to get into the game.

Mathieu Valbuena – (5) A live wire when he came on, and battled right till the end.

Jordan Ayew – (0) Too little time to provide a rating.

Ratings provided by Jarred G Manasse

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