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How the United players rated against Real Madrid tonight

Check out our assessment of Rooney and co following tonight’s match.

Van Persie wasted one or two good chances for United.
Van Persie wasted one or two good chances for United.

David De Gea: United’s goalkeeper has failed to convince at times this season, but tonight he was excellent, making a number of vital saves. 8

Rafael Da Silva: The weak link in United’s defence all night. He was regularly troubled by Ronaldo and others, but at least improved slightly in the second half. 4

Rio Ferdinand: Marshalled the defence well. Apart from one dodgy clearance that almost lead to a Coentrao goal, his leadership at the back helped his team improve collectively after a shaky start. 7

Jonny Evans: Another fairly solid display from the Northern Irishman, including one vital interception when Ronaldo looked likely to score. 7

Patrice Evra: Got forward well when he could, but was got caught isolated for Ronaldo’s goal. 6

Phil Jones: Was perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty when he nudged Di Maria over in the box, but aside from that, Jones performed the role that was expected of him with aplomb. 7

Michael Carrick: Didn’t do a lot wrong, but never really imposed himself on the game either. 6

Danny Welbeck: Worked extremely hard off the ball and took his goal extremely well. 7

Shinji Kagawa: Made some intelligent runs at times, but was quiet for the most part. 6

Wayne Rooney: Claimed an assist for the United goal, but didn’t do a lot apart from that, and lost his concentration occasionally when defending and allowed opposition players to drift past him on more than one occasion. 5

Robin van Persie: Always a threat, but wasn’t at his best, wasting one or two good opportunities. 6

Subs: Giggs did some good defensive work, but also wasted a glorious chance when he failed to capitalise on Alonso’s slip-up towards the end. Anderson and Valencia didn’t really have time to make an impact on the game. 6

Alex Ferguson: Many questioned his decision to play Jones in midfield, but ultimately it paid dividends and his tactics helped secure a positive result. 7

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