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December 5, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ D. Orsato‎
Attendance:‬ 71521‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-1 CFR Cluj

A stunning Luis Alberto strike gave CFR Cluj a shock win at Old Trafford with Sir Alex Ferguson's lifeless team with more than one eye on Sunday's derby against Manchester City

By Jack Gaughan at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    59
    3
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Made an super stop from an attempted Chris Smalling clearance early in the game and could do nothing about the goal.

  • Phil Jones
    41
    29
    2.50

    Phil Jones

    Defensively, Jones really struggled, which will be worrying for the months ahead. Better on the ball and ought to be moved into midfield.

  • Chris Smalling
    43
    9
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    The most senior of a youthful back four and despite a shaky opening 15 minutes, played his part.

  • Alexander Büttner
    43
    5
    2.50

    Alexander Büttner

    Strange performance. Looks to have the ability to eventually succeed Patrice Evra but couldn't cope at times tonight against the lively opponents.

  • Scott Wootton
    17
    23
    2.50

    Scott Wootton

    Solid when the ball is there to be won in the air and in front of him, but Wootton is susceptible to quick passes beyond him and fails to adjust his positioning quickly enough.

  • Ryan Giggs
    24
    50
    2.50

    Ryan Giggs Flop of the Match

    Lazy in possession, Giggs frequently gave the ball away in midfield and lacked the intensity to spark United into life.

  • Tom Cleverley
    24
    24
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Missed a glorious chance before being substituted which really epitomised Cleverley's problems in front of goal.

  • Nick Powell
    38
    12
    2.50

    Nick Powell

    Pushed out on the left, it was clear Powell was itching to do damage from the middle, but found it tricky given how packed it was in there.

  • Wayne Rooney
    41
    14
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Operated from the right of midfield and provided an extra dimension going forward - a ploy the manager might opt for against Manchester City.

  • Javier Hernández
    40
    13
    2.50

    Javier Hernández

    He always needs watching in and around the box, but the visitors' defence had little trouble snuffing out any threat from the Mexican.

  • Danny Welbeck
    50
    15
    3.50

    Danny Welbeck

    The stand-out performer, and did his chances for inclusion on Sunday no harm. Frequently got beyond the Cluj back four and caused problems with his pace and power.

Substitutions

  • Paul Scholes
    26
    22
    2.50

    Paul Scholes

    Tried to provide impetus but gave the ball away for the goal and never managed to enforce his range of passing.

  • Mário Felgueiras
    11
    2
    3.50

    Mário Felgueiras

    Made two superb saves from Welbeck and Rooney in the first half, and continued to deny United with similarly impressive shot-stopping after the break. A real asset for his side.

  • Ivo Pinto
    4
    3
    3.00

    Ivo Pinto

    Didn't look comfortable when Powell ran at him directly, but held his position in what was crucial to Cluj not becoming stretched.

  • Felice Piccolo
    5
    2
    3.00

    Felice Piccolo

    Composed when faced with Welbeck and Rooney and was a threat from corners.

  • Cadu
    5
    4
    3.00

    Cadu

    Good reader of the game and communicated well with his fellow defenders to nullify the attacking threat.

  • Ionut Rada
    4
    3
    3.00

    Ionut Rada

    Defending ensured that Rooney affected the game less than expected. A solid display all round.

  • Camora
    5
    3
    2.50

    Camora

    A poor display as he failed to make much of an impact on the game when attacking in the final third.

  • Gabriel Muresan
    5
    2
    3.00

    Gabriel Muresan

    Every European team not expected to win away from home needs a sitter who uses the ball well, and Muresan proved just that.

  • Rafael Bastos
    7
    2
    3.50

    Rafael Bastos

    His direct running was always a problem, even for Chris Smalling. Kept his side ticking over in midfield.

  • Luís Alberto
    14
    4
    4.00

    Luís Alberto Top of the Match

    Scored a stunning goal, good enough to grace any Champions League game. Otherwise, he was steady in possession and stood up well in midfield.

  • Rui Pedro
    4
    2
    3.00

    Rui Pedro

    An exciting player to watch and always busy around the penalty area without causing many problems.

  • M. Sougou
    9
    4
    3.50

    M. Sougou

    Had a super opportunity in the first half but was well blocked by Wootton. Held the ball up well once one up.

Substitutions

  • M. Aguirregaray
    5
    1

    M. Aguirregaray

    A late second-half substitute.

Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2