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October 23, 2013 6:45 PM GMT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ B. Nijhuis‎
Attendance:‬ 74654‎
 
2′ (OG) Íñigo Martínez
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Real Sociedad

David Moyes' team continued their fine start in group A with a well-deserved victory over the Spaniards, as Wayne Rooney maintained his excellent early season form

By Wayne Veysey at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    10
    0
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Denied Seferovic with an excellent save and commanded his box well but looked vulnerable to long-range shots and saw two efforts slam off the woodwork.

  • Rafael
    5
    0
    3.00

    Rafael

    Bombed forward whenever possible but looked a little rusty. Collected an inevitable booking and was subbed after an hour.

  • Patrice Evra
    5
    1
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Guilty of losing concentration on a few occasions but made some threatening overlaps.

  • Phil Jones
    6
    2
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    Made up for occasional rashness and poor positioning with his power and desire to dominate. Offered a big threat in the opposition box and twice came close to scoring with headers.

  • Jonny Evans
    5
    1
    3.50

    Jonny Evans

    Got frustrated with some of Sociedad's physicality but held his own and defended with calmness and surety.

  • Ryan Giggs
    5
    0
    3.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Brought greater fluency to the United midfield with his swiftness of thought and passing. A brilliant contribution given his age.

  • Michael Carrick
    4
    2
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Controlled the midfield with his calm passing and instigated most of United's attacks.

  • Antonio Valencia
    4
    3
    3.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Had the run of the right flank in the opening period, when a constant stream of crosses induced panic in the visitors. Quieter after the break but slammed a shot against the post.

  • Wayne Rooney
    12
    1
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney Top of the Match

    United's stand-out player once again. Created the game's only goal with some brilliant play and was at the heart of all his team's best work. Demonstrated his improved fitness by creating havoc on the counter-attack in the last 15 minutes.

  • Javier Hernández
    6
    2
    3.00

    Javier Hernández

    A nearly-but-not-quite evening. Had a goal ruled out for off-side and ran out of steam after a lively start.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    16
    0
    3.50

    Shinji Kagawa

    Flitted between the impishly excellent and the disappointingly rusty. Should have done far better with two excellent second-half chances to put United 2-0 up.

Substitutions

  • Chris Smalling
    3
    1
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Helped United shore up their defence after replacing the more attack-minded Rafael.

  • Ashley Young
    2
    3

    Ashley Young

    Replaced Hernandez with 10 minutes left.

  • Claudio Bravo
    3
    0
    4.00

    Claudio Bravo

    His anticipation and shot-stopping prevented a heavier defeat. Read the game outstandingly well and denied Jones with a brilliant, point-blank save.

  • Carlos Martínez Díez
    0
    0
    3.00

    Carlos Martínez Díez

    Kagawa's movement and cleverness caused him problems but just about kept his head above water.

  • Mikel González Martínez
    2
    0
    3.00

    Mikel González Martínez

    Handled a difficult assignment reasonably well. Made some important blocks.

  • Íñigo Martínez
    0
    0
    3.00

    Íñigo Martínez

    Showed the reflexes of a lamp-post by allowing Rooney's early shot to bounce off the post, travel across the goal and slice off him into the net. But responded well to the early setback and made some crucial interceptions.

  • Alberto De la Bella
    0
    0
    3.00

    Alberto De la Bella

    Put through the wringer by Valencia in the first half but was a constant threat on the counter-attack with his overlaps and fine deliveries.

  • Markel Bergara
    0
    0
    3.50

    Markel Bergara

    The best of the Sociedad midfielders. Pressed relentlessly and was tidy in possession.

  • Xabi Prieto
    2
    0
    2.50

    Xabi Prieto

    Had the odd good moment but struggled to stem the smoothness of Carrick and Giggs' passing. Subbed midway through the second half.

  • Zurutuza
    0
    0
    3.00

    Zurutuza

    Brought energy and endeavour but his passing was wonky. Subbed late on.

  • Antoine Griezmann
    1
    0
    3.50

    Antoine Griezmann

    The most impressive of Sociedad's attacking trident. Carried the ball forward purposefully and was unfortunate to see his brilliant, swinging free kick cannon off the post.

  • Haris Seferovic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Haris Seferovic

    Caused the occasional nervous moment to the United defene and came close to equalising midway through the first half with a long-range shot. Subbed late on.

  • Carlos Vela
    2
    1
    2.50

    Carlos Vela Flop of the Match

    Disappointing display from the former Arsenal man on the flanks. Failed to offer a consistent threat and guilty of not helping out his full-backs.

Substitutions

  • Rubén Pardo
    0
    0

    Rubén Pardo

    Came close to scoring an equaliser.

  • Chory Castro
    0
    0

    Chory Castro

    Made little impression in late cameo.

  • Imanol Agirretxe
    0
    0

    Imanol Agirretxe

    Replaced Seferovic late on to little effect.

Results
Group A Matchday 3
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