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November 5, 2013 8:45 PM WAT
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Player Ratings: Real Sociedad 0-0 Manchester United

Robin van Persie penalty missed a penalty and Marouane Fellaini was sent off for the visitors, though a goalless draw was enough to cement United's place at the top of Group A

By Sam Wells

  • Claudio Bravo
    2
    2
    2.50

    Claudio Bravo Top of the Match

    The goalkeeper was solid in the Sociedad goal tonight and dealt with anything United had to throw at him.

  • Carlos Martínez Díez
    2
    0
    3.00

    Carlos Martínez Díez

    Kept Kagawa quiet in the first half and performed competently at right-back, even providing his team with an attacking outlet on occasion. An extremely solid performance, despite many touting him as a weak link before the game.

  • Mikel González Martínez
    2
    1
    2.50

    Mikel González Martínez

    A solid performance from the centre-back but struggled upon Van Persie's arrival as the Dutchman and Kagawa's dual threat made him work for the clean sheet. Just about coped, however, an altogether assured performance.

  • Íñigo Martínez
    2
    1
    2.50

    Íñigo Martínez

    Did well to keep Rooney and Chicharito quiet, particularly in the first half, and was never unduly troubled by anything United had to throw at him, though Van Persie did cause some problems upon his introduction.

  • Alberto De la Bella
    1
    1
    3.00

    Alberto De la Bella

    The left back is aware of his limitations but he dealt with Valencia adeptly and even managed to get forward down the left on occasion - a solid performance.

  • Markel Bergara
    1
    2
    3.00

    Markel Bergara

    Another efficient cog in the Real machine as he worked hard in midfield, linked up play astutely and defended industriously.

  • Rubén Pardo
    0
    2
    2.00

    Rubén Pardo

    Gave away the penalty with a tug on Young and will be thanking his lucky stars that Van Persie spurned the opportunity. Can consider himself lucky he did not cost his team the game.

  • Zurutuza
    1
    0
    3.00

    Zurutuza

    Linked up play well in midfield and provided some nice passes. Was fairly impressive in possession and defended solidly.

  • Antoine Griezmann
    1
    1
    2.50

    Antoine Griezmann

    Pinpointed as the main threat for the home side and failed to really deliver on that promise as the winger was kept quiet by a combination of a stoic defensive United performance and a lack of service. Will be disappointed he was unable to spark anything for the home side.

  • Imanol Agirretxe
    3
    0
    2.00

    Imanol Agirretxe

    Was quiet before his departure and, though he may point to a lack of service, the frontman will be disappointed with his contribution.

  • Carlos Vela
    1
    1
    2.00

    Carlos Vela

    The former Arsenal man dipped in and out of the game, showing his quality in parts but not particularly shining, though he tracked back diligently.

Substitutions

  • Xabi Prieto
    0
    0
    2.50

    Xabi Prieto

    Stroked the ball around nicely and provided the home side with some passing nous upon his arrival.

  • Chory Castro
    0
    0
    2.00

    Chory Castro

    Failed to have a real impact after coming on, his only real contribution was a speculative effort towards the end of the game that never troubled De Gea. Disappointing.

  • David de Gea
    7
    0
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Was never unduly tested in the United goal as Real Sociedad barely had a shot on target. Nevertheless, was comfortable in possession and did his job when called upon.

  • Patrice Evra
    6
    2
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Got forward well down the left and often provided an outlet as Kagawa continued to cut inside but failed to really take advantage of the crossing opportunities afforded him. Still, an altogether solid performance from the Frenchman.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    5
    2
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Looked fairly comfortable and dealt with the, admittedly minimal, offensive threat of Real Sociedad with ease.

  • Chris Smalling
    8
    1
    3.50

    Chris Smalling

    Was characteristically solid down the right, nullifying the considerable threat of Griezmann astutely. Got forward well too but, like Evra on the other side, never really managed to manufacture anything from the opportunities garnered down the right wing.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    7
    0
    3.00

    Nemanja Vidic

    The Serb was, like his centre-back partner, extremely comfortable tonight and never appeared overtly troubled by the threats Sociedad posed. Looked his imperious self and is undeniably vital to the United backline.

  • Ryan Giggs
    5
    0
    2.50

    Ryan Giggs

    The veteran was typically neat and composed in possession but he seems to lack the requisite qualities to really trouble the opposition nowadays. His advancing years appear to tell more game by game as he was quiet tonight.

  • Antonio Valencia
    7
    1
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Got forward well but, as with the other players on the wing, failed to create any real opportunities from his station on the right. Nevertheless, he was industrious and occasionally troubled De La Bella.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    2
    10
    2.50

    Marouane Fellaini Flop of the Match

    Many saw this as an opportunity for Fellaini to prove his United credentials and, though he did some decent work defensively, he failed to offer anything offensively as the away side looked devoid of any real ideas in the centre of the park. Unnecessarily sent off in the latter stages to exacerbate a disappointing night.

  • Wayne Rooney
    6
    3
    2.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Looked quiet up until his substitution, struggling to really get involved and link up with Chicharito. A disappointing day for the England international as, if anything, United looked more dangerous in his absence.

  • Javier Hernández
    5
    2
    2.00

    Javier Hernández

    A surprise start for the Mexican in Van Persie's absence and, frankly, failed to take advantage of the opportunity, though that was largely down to a lack of service. Will be ruing a sitter he missed early in the second half as it only served to cap a poor night for the diminutive frontman.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    11
    0
    3.50

    Shinji Kagawa

    Was quiet in his original position on the wing, save for one dangerous cross in the first half, but sprung to life when moved to a No.10 position in the second. Created chances and linked play astutely, he made a case for himself tonight.

Substitutions

  • Ashley Young
    4
    6
    3.00

    Ashley Young

    Came on and had an instant impact, almost providing Van Persie with the equaliser with, first, a smart cross and, second, another one of his dubious penalty 'wins'. Still, he had an impact and looked dangerous down the left, though Moyes may have to have more words about his conduct.

  • Robin van Persie
    7
    0
    2.00

    Robin van Persie

    Missed the decisive penalty and hit the post with a golden opportunity but, on the other hand, certainly changed the game with his introduction. Still, that penalty will live long in the memory.

Results
Group A Matchday 4
Times In WAT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2