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October 3, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Donbass Arena — Donets'k
Referee:‬ P. Kralovec‎
Attendance:‬ 51555‎
 
76′ Taison
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Manchester United

Nemanja Vidic and Danny Welbeck shone for the visitors, while Taison also showed his quality as the sides shared the spoils in an entertaining encounter at the Donbass Arena

By Tom J Doyle

  • Andriy Pyatov
    1
    5
    2.50

    Andriy Pyatov

    Could do littleabout Welbeck's opener, and was untroubled for the rest of the half, and had very little else to do in the second save for a questionable punch from a corner.

  • Olexandr Kucher
    1
    3
    3.00

    Olexandr Kucher

    The centre-back was rarely troubled, although struggled to deal with Van Persie's expert movement at times.

  • Vyacheslav Shevchuk
    4
    3
    3.50

    Vyacheslav Shevchuk

    The full-back pressed down the left flank well to try and overload Rafael, and was unlucky not to get an assist with a great ball five minutes after the restart. Got his reward by setting up Taison with 15 minutes remaining.

  • Darijo Srna
    4
    3
    2.50

    Darijo Srna

    Looked to get down the right flank at every opportunity but his crossing wasn't as accurate as usual and lost battles with Welbeck, as well as squandering a free kick with 25 minutes to go.

  • Yaroslav Rakytskyy
    10
    3
    3.00

    Yaroslav Rakytskyy

    The defender made the costly slip to let Welbeck in for the opener. An unfortunate error, but he made amends with a fine block to deny Van Persie with 20 minutes remaining, and his run led to the equaliser.

  • Tomas Hubschmann
    1
    4
    2.50

    Tomas Hubschmann

    The Czech midfielder was always combative and left his mark on Evra in the second half, though was yet another Shakhtar player that failed to really trouble United.

  • Fernando
    6
    3
    3.00

    Fernando

    A strong presence in defensive midfield, he gave the more skilful players in the side the freedom to get forward, and battled well with Fellaini. Replaced by Ilsinho.

  • Douglas Costa
    5
    4
    3.00

    Douglas Costa

    The midfielder was quiet despite Shakhtar seeing plenty of the ball in attacking areas as the first half wore on. He found more space and time in the second half, but failed to open up the visitors.

  • Alex Teixeira
    6
    3
    2.50

    Alex Teixeira

    The hosts' danger-man saw plenty of the ball, but despite promising movement his first-half efforts were all disappointing given his talents.

  • Luiz Adriano
    5
    2
    3.00

    Luiz Adriano

    Showed real drive in early battles against Rafael, and did well to regain possession in forward areas, but was crowded out in his battles with Vidic.

  • Taison
    15
    3
    3.50

    Taison

    His quick feet were a menace to United but the visitors were able to read his passes fairly well. The Brazilian improved as the game wore on and finished with aplomb to level things up.

Substitutions

  • Bernard
    5
    2

    Bernard

    Came on late to try and steal the points.

  • Ilsinho
    3
    4

    Ilsinho

    Brought on with eight minutes remaining to steady things up in the centre.

  • Facundo Ferreyra
    2
    4

    Facundo Ferreyra

    Another late substitute brought on for two minutes.

  • David de Gea
    30
    2
    3.50

    David de Gea

    The Spaniard had little to do other than distribute the ball effectively in the opening stages, though he bravely claimed a teasing cross in the second half, while smartly stopping after a flick from Smalling.

  • Patrice Evra
    14
    16
    2.50

    Patrice Evra Flop of the Match

    Showed good composure to intercept a Shakhtar counterattack on 10 minutes but lost possession needlessly while conceding silly fouls - a sin in European games.

  • Chris Smalling
    19
    3
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    The young defender stood strong at the back alongside Vidic and dealt with crosses well. Almost had a slip at the end of the first half and generally looked assured until the goal - though he definitely needed Vidic beside him.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    48
    5
    4.00

    Nemanja Vidic Top of the Match

    His presence in the United back line gave the side structure and his leadership qualities cannot be underestimated on nights like these. The Serb was imperious in the air and on the deck, making block after block under pressure. Booked after being turned by Costa.

  • Rafael
    22
    4
    3.00

    Rafael

    The Brazilian had a real battle on the wing on his return to the team but threw himself about well on his return to the side.

  • Michael Carrick
    14
    4
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    The seasoned holding midfielder went about his work effectively - he was made for games like these. Held position well in the face of a second-half onslaught but offered little offensively.

  • Tom Cleverley
    24
    4
    3.50

    Tom Cleverley

    A fine performance as he was restored to the starting XI after a quiet start to the season. His interceptions and calm distribution in the opening stages settled his side and gave them the composure they sorely lacked against West Brom.

  • Antonio Valencia
    10
    19
    3.00

    Antonio Valencia

    A much-improved display from the Ecuadorian, who showed better defensive discipline than of late, while also being a thorn in the side of Shevchuk. His influence waned as the game went on, however.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    21
    19
    3.50

    Marouane Fellaini

    Tasked with disrupting the scheming Shakhtar attacking midfielders, the Belgian also offered an offensive threat with his cross for Welbeck's opener. Was booked after repeated fouls, though, and was replaced by Giggs with 25 minutes to go.

  • Robin van Persie
    17
    9
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    Restored to the team after frustrating injuries of late and went close with an early trademark effort. Denied a smart goal by a block in the second half. Overall, it was a quiet night for the Dutchman other than brief flashes of skill.

  • Danny Welbeck
    26
    3
    3.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Looked sharp from the off and showed good instincts to get to the ball first and net the opening goal and did extremely well covering Evra down the left wing. Faded - but showed increasing maturity.

Substitutions

  • Phil Jones
    11
    6

    Phil Jones

    A late, late appearance for less than a minute - no impact.

  • Ryan Giggs
    21
    6
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Came on for Fellaini with 25 minutes remaining to break Raul's all-time appearance record in the Champions League - a top honour for the Welshman.

Results
Group A Matchday 2
Times In IST
 
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