Manchester United v Real Madrid: player ratings

Man-by-man run-down on the individual performances by both sides during the Champions League match at Old Trafford

Manchester United

David de Gea

Stationed himself well for shots from distance, but given no chance with Modric's exquisite finish or Ronaldo's tap-in. 7

Rafael da Silva

Heeded the lessons of the Bernabéu until undermining a diligent display when he lost Ronaldo at the back post for the winning goal. Also escaped with a handball against Higuain. 7

Rio Ferdinand

Something of a risk to play both of United's elder centre-halves but his composure was impressive until the extra man told. 7

Nemanja Vidic

Unlucky not to open the scoring with a first-half header against a post. Over-stretched once United were reduced to 10 men. 6

Patrice Evra

Scant protection from Nani and unable to venture forward so often. Took a booking after a poor Nani corner. Defended well. 6

Michael Carrick

Crucial in nullifying Ronaldo and Ozil for 59 minutes but when Modric joined Kaká in midfield, was overrun as Real turned the tie. 7

Tom Cleverley

Snapped into every challenge for almost an hour but was ultimately swamped by Real's numerical advantage. 7

Ryan Giggs

Rolled back the years. First touch, vision and tackling shone with 10 team-mates. Unable to impose himself as much alongside nine. 8

Danny Welbeck

Directness, pace and awareness troubled Real, subduing Alonso, but the finishing does not complement the rest of his game. 8


Did not justify his surprise inclusion. Only moved from the margins of the game when he fell victim to a harsh red card that changed the course of the tie. 4

Robin van Persie

A few attacks were disrupted by his awkward first touch and could not take the half chances that fell his way. 6


Wayne Rooney (Cleverley, 73); Had one chance to set up a great finale but blazed over.

Ashley Young (Welbeck, 80);

Antonio Valencia (R Da Silva, 87).

Real Madrid

Diego López

Crucial in denying United a remarkable recovery. Vital saves plus some time-wasting, killed United's hope. 8

Alvaro Arbeloa

Offers no support in the final third but his job is to prevent anyone getting in behind. Booked for late foul on Evra. 7

Raphaël Varane

Impressive for 19 but struggled against Vidic, tried over-ambitious passes and lost out to Nani ahead of Ramos' own goal. 6

Sergio Ramos

Unlucky to divert Welbeck's shot past own keeper but otherwise superb in reading the threat from United. 8

Fábio Coentrão

Involved in an engrossing tussle with Giggs. Tucked in alongside Ramos to stifle United in the second half. 7

Sami Khedira

Strong presence in midfield although it took arrival of Kaká and Modric for him to gain an advantage over Carrick and Cleverley. 6

Xabi Alonso

Picked out as "the controller" of Real by Ferguson and detailed by a mix of Welbeck, Giggs and Cleverley as a result. 7

Angel Di María

United offered no room for Real to hurt them on the counter-attack and the Argentine duly suffered. 5

Mesut Ozil

Tireless in and around the United defence, his midfield runs posed a genuine threat, and helped create the all-important second. 8

Cristiano Ronaldo

Moved by the reception and repaid them with the goal that knocked United out of Europe. Handled well until Nani's red. 8

Gonzalo Higuaín

Forced to drop deep but never stopped and earned his reward with the cross-shot that produced Ronaldo's winner. 7


Kaká (Di María, h-t) Came on to strengthen central midfield and linked up well with his fellow substitute, Modric

Luca Modric (Arbeloa, 59) Key to the Real recovery with a stunning finish and a part in the second goal.

Pepe (Ozil, 71)

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