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December 11, 2013 6:45 AM EST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Mažić‎
Attendance:‬ 74506‎
 
67′ Phil Jones
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

The home side avoided a third consecutive defeat at Old Trafford after Phil Jones' goal in the second half and finish top of Champions League Group A with an impressive 14 points

By Jamie Dunn

  • David de Gea
    10
    1
    2.50

    David de Gea

    The busier of the two goalkeepers in the first half without having to make a difficult save, but had to be alert to Srna's late effort.

  • Rafael
    8
    3
    2.50

    Rafael

    Had his hands full with the lively and dangerous Taison for an hour and was afforded little opportunity to get forward.

  • Phil Jones
    21
    2
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    Made an important block to deny Rakitskiy after the interval and followed up that feat by showing composure in front of goal to blast the ball beyond Pyatov on the half volley.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    4
    14
    2.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Lucky not to see his side concede after being dispossessed by Teixeira far too easily.

  • Jonny Evans
    6
    0
    2.50

    Jonny Evans

    Put under pressure in the first half but weathered the storm and had a much easier ride after the break as his team took control.

  • Alexander Büttner
    7
    3
    2.50

    Alexander Büttner

    Bamboozled by the skill of Douglas Costa at times but did manage to get beyond Shevchuk to provide a cross on a handful of occasions. Booked for a clattering challenge on Srna and replaced late on by Valencia.

  • Ryan Giggs
    8
    9
    2.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Struggled with the tempo set by the Shakhtar midfield during the first half and lasted little more than 15 minutes after the interval before being replaced by Cleverley.

  • Ashley Young
    4
    19
    2.00

    Ashley Young

    Had two of the best chances of the first half and really should have taken one, but lobbed wide before missing the target with a powerful effort which lacked control. Brought off for Van Persie, much to the delight of the home crowd.

  • Adnan Januzaj
    26
    1
    3.00

    Adnan Januzaj

    One of the bright sparks of a first half in which the hosts struggled. Might have done better when given space to turn and shoot by the Shakhtar centre-backs, but another strong performance by the promising teenager.

  • Wayne Rooney
    18
    2
    3.50

    Wayne Rooney Top of the Match

    Whipped a free kick into the side netting after half an hour. Combined well with Januzaj, Kagawa and Young and attempted an audacious chip in the second half but cleared the crossbar.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    24
    0
    2.50

    Shinji Kagawa

    Back in the side after a bout of sickness and looked off the pace in the first half. Called Pyatov into action with an outstretched boot.

Substitutions

  • Tom Cleverley
    15
    2
    2.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Came on for Giggs with just over 25 minutes to play and was booked for a foul on Fred.

  • Antonio Valencia
    3
    1

    Antonio Valencia

    Late replacement for Buttner.

  • Robin van Persie
    15
    2
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    Replaced Ashley Young in the second half and produced the corner which saw United take the lead through Jones. Nearly wrapped up the win with a clever flick late on.

  • Andriy Pyatov
    0
    0
    2.50

    Andriy Pyatov

    Given little chance by Jones' powerful effort from close range as Shakhtar failed to clear a corner.

  • Olexandr Kucher
    0
    0
    3.00

    Olexandr Kucher

    Produced an excellent tackle to deny Rooney a shot at goal towards the end of the first half and got a toe to a Rooney through-ball to deny Van Persie. Booked for dissent late on.

  • Vyacheslav Shevchuk
    0
    0
    2.50

    Vyacheslav Shevchuk

    Rarely troubled on the Shakhtar left as United played without a traditional right winger for much of the game.

  • Darijo Srna
    0
    0
    2.50

    Darijo Srna

    Would have been relieved to see Young miss the target after failing to deal with an awkward bouncing ball. Picked up a cheap yellow card and forced a save from De Gea with a well-taken effort on his weaker left foot late on.

  • Yaroslav Rakytskyy
    0
    0
    2.00

    Yaroslav Rakytskyy Flop of the Match

    Looked certain to open the scoring but was denied by the flailing frame of Jones, before failing to deal with a Van Persie corner which bounced off his leg and fell to the United midfielder to score.

  • Taras Stepanenko
    0
    0
    2.00

    Taras Stepanenko

    A tidy performance as Shakhtar took control of the midfield in the first half but faded somewhat after the interval.

  • Fred
    0
    0
    2.50

    Fred

    Part of a Shakhtar attack which dominated the first half and should have scored, but scuffed his chance when presented with a clear sight at goal. Replaced by Fernando.

  • Douglas Costa
    0
    0
    3.00

    Douglas Costa

    Looked comfortable on either foot and was not afraid to shoot when afforded the opportunity. Produced a fine piece of skill to beat Buttner and turned in a lively performance, but could not test De Gea.

  • Alex Teixeira
    2
    0
    3.00

    Alex Teixeira

    Had the best chance of the opening exchanges but couldn't hit the target, shooting wide across the face of De Gea's goal. Almost scored a fantastic solo goal but could not produce a powerful or precise finish.

  • Luiz Adriano
    0
    0
    2.50

    Luiz Adriano

    Involved in some of Shakhtar's dangerous attacking moves in the first half, but his influence diminished after the break as the visitors failed to find the net. Replaced by Ferreyra.

  • Taison
    1
    0
    3.50

    Taison

    Gave a glimpse of what was to come early on, releasing Teixeira with an excellent through ball. Extremely impressive in the first half, but replaced early after the break by Bernard.

Substitutions

  • Bernard
    0
    0
    2.50

    Bernard

    A second-half substitute, replacing Taison. Moved across the Shakhtar midfield but could not penetrate the United back four.

  • Fernando
    0
    0

    Fernando

    Came on with 10 minutes to play for Fred.

  • Facundo Ferreyra
    1
    0

    Facundo Ferreyra

    A late replacement for Luiz Adriano.

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