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September 26, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 65701‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool

Luis Suarez hit the crossbar on his comeback but Javier Hernandez settled the tie with with a predatory volley to seal United's passage to the next round of the Capital One Cup

By Wayne Veysey at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    100
    17
    2.50

    David de Gea

    Troubled by some long-range shooting but communicated well with the new-look defence.

  • Alexander Büttner
    91
    17
    3.00

    Alexander Büttner

    Solid display although little to suggest he is ready to replace Patrice Evra on a regular basis.

  • Chris Smalling
    94
    16
    3.50

    Chris Smalling

    Looked far more comfortable than against Manchester City after being restored to his favourite centre-back role. Made a string of important first-half interceptions and read the game well.

  • Jonny Evans
    117
    13
    3.50

    Jonny Evans

    Demonstrated why he deserves to start more often with an assured display against Liverpool's dangerous front two.

  • Phil Jones
    79
    18
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    His physicality and energy in midfield interrupted Liverpool's fluency but gave away some needless free kicks.

  • Rafael
    136
    6
    3.50

    Rafael

    United's first-choice right-back was one of their brightest attacking players, although he allowed Jose Enrique to take up some good positions.

  • Nani
    59
    57
    2.50

    Nani

    Had the odd lung-bursting run but was unable to get in the game enough to cause problems to Henderson.

  • Ryan Giggs
    79
    26
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Occasionally looked off the pace in central midfield but his experience and know-how meant he was nearly always in the right place at the right time.

  • Javier Hernández
    153
    9
    3.50

    Javier Hernández

    Made the most of a rare start by poaching the game's only goal. Brilliantly evaded his marker to meet Rooney's corner and open his body to volley past Mignolet.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    120
    18
    2.50

    Shinji Kagawa

    Hit the crossbar with a second-half screamer but an otherwise anonymous display from the Japan international. Subbed with 17 minutes left.

  • Wayne Rooney
    232
    12
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney Top of the Match

    The match-day captain led from the front with another sparkling display. Looked dangerous every time he was on the ball and only some fine saves from Mignolet stopped him from scoring late on.

Substitutions

  • Adnan Januzaj
    124
    12

    Adnan Januzaj

    Looked lively in late cameo on left flank.

  • Michael Carrick
    78
    7

    Michael Carrick

    Helped United close down the game.

  • Danny Welbeck
    30
    55

    Danny Welbeck

    Late replacement for Nani.

  • Simon Mignolet
    58
    15
    3.50

    Simon Mignolet

    Solid as a rock. Commanded his area comfortably and made a series of fine reflex saves from Rooney.

  • Kolo Toure
    40
    20
    3.00

    Kolo Toure

    Solid display but his lack of recovery pace was apparent on a few occasions.

  • José Enrique
    37
    28
    3.00

    José Enrique

    Made the most of his wing-back role to get in some excellent first-half positions, although his delivery was hit and miss.

  • Mamadou Sakho
    21
    36
    2.50

    Mamadou Sakho

    Looked a little cumbersome on the ball and slightly off the pace of the game.

  • Martin Skrtel
    32
    25
    3.00

    Martin Skrtel

    The middle of the three centre-backs was decisive in the air but did not look so comfortable on the deck.

  • Steven Gerrard
    37
    33
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    The odd trademark quarterback pass apart, this was a colourless display from the Liverpool skipper.

  • Jordan Henderson
    18
    49
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Put in a good shift at right wing-back but wasted Liverpool's best chance of the night with an unconvincing side-foot just wide. Reverted to central midfield when Kelly came on.

  • Lucas Leiva
    13
    43
    2.50

    Lucas Leiva

    Seemed to lack his usual energy and impeccable timing for interceptions. Replaced by Kelly in the second half.

  • Victor Moses
    23
    40
    2.50

    Victor Moses

    Looked a little lost in his free role behind the strikers. Subbed late on.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    14
    70
    2.00

    Daniel Sturridge Flop of the Match

    The return of Suarez seemed to rob him of his certainty. Struggled to hold the ball up and attract enough passes from midfield.

  • Luis Suárez
    66
    41
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Lively and menacing in his long-awaited comeback. His first touch was a little rusty early on but his movement caused United problems and his appetite for the battle was unquestionable. Unfortunate to see a spanking free kick cannon back off the bar.

Substitutions

  • Martin Kelly
    16
    32

    Martin Kelly

    Slotted in impressively at right wing-back for the last quarter of the game.

  • Raheem Sterling
    21
    24

    Raheem Sterling

    Did little of note in a late cameo.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Negredo Negredo
Striker
Manchester City
6 0
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Manchester City
6 0
Lee Tomlin Lee Tomlin
Striker
Middlesbrough
5 2
Javier Hernández Javier Hernández
Striker
Man. United
4 1
Saido Berahino Saido Berahino
Striker
West Bromwich Albion
4 1