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Played
February 2, 2013 12:30 PM EST
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 25670‎
 
 
Wayne Rooney 79′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 0-1 Manchester United

Mark Schwarzer pulled off two wonder saves while David de Gea came to his side's rescue as both sides entertained, but Rooney's fine finish was ultimately the difference

By Tom J Doyle

  • Mark Schwarzer
    35
    7
    3.50

    Mark Schwarzer Top of the Match

    Commanding in his area from corners, and produced two wonder saves early on to keep Fulham level. A great performance and could do nothing about the goal.

  • John Arne Riise
    30
    3
    3.50

    John Arne Riise

    Saw a wonderful 30-yard volley tipped just over by De Gea and fed Ruiz to hit the post. Delighted the crowd with a lay-down header back to his keeper.

  • Philippe Senderos
    5
    14
    3.00

    Philippe Senderos

    Was in the right place to clear the danger with his head on a number of occasions. A solid presence, but his mistake late on was costly.

  • Brede Hangeland
    13
    4
    3.50

    Brede Hangeland

    Produced a vital tackle on Evra to deny the France defender an easy shot on goal after 15 minutes, but came off at half time.

  • Chris Baird
    11
    6
    3.00

    Chris Baird

    Clever in possession and a combative presence in the first half.

  • Sascha Riether
    15
    5
    3.50

    Sascha Riether

    Coped well with Nani on the left. Was beaten at times but harried the winger, and put in good crosses of his own.

  • Giorgos Karagounis
    15
    11
    3.00

    Giorgos Karagounis

    Showed no fear on the big occasion, moving the ball well and cleverly winning free kicks in a frenetic atmosphere. Replaced by Emanuelson.

  • Damien Duff
    16
    4
    3.50

    Damien Duff

    Used all of his experience in midfield. It is no surprise he is one of the league's top assist-makers with his clever movement - though it brought no rewards here.

  • Ashkan Dejagah
    23
    6
    3.00

    Ashkan Dejagah

    Went close with an early shot and got forward well to support from midfield.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    21
    8
    3.00

    Bryan Ruiz

    Showed great poise to shoot against the post after 15 minutes, but was guilty of gifting possession to the visitors too often.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    16
    5
    3.00

    Hugo Rodallega

    A willing runner, he showed intelligence to move between Evans and Ferdinand across the front line. United couldn't deal with him at times.

Substitutions

  • Aaron Hughes
    5
    10
    3.00

    Aaron Hughes

    Was introduced at half-time for Hangeland and was equally composed in the air.

  • Emmanuel Frimpong
    7
    14
    2.50

    Emmanuel Frimpong

    Given a 25-minute cameo but offered little of note. Saw a late shot blocked.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    14
    7
    2.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    Given a 25-minute cameo but offered little of note. Saw a late shot blocked.

  • Mladen Petric
    6
    9

    Mladen Petric

    Came on for the last 10 minutes but couldn't find an equaliser.

  • David de Gea
    91
    10
    3.50

    David de Gea

    Produced two wonderful saves to deny Riise then Ruiz, and coped with the aerial threat well.

  • Rafael
    58
    9
    3.00

    Rafael

    A little clumsy in the touch early on but always offered a threat down the right. Great header off the line.

  • Patrice Evra
    63
    9
    3.50

    Patrice Evra

    Showed great attacking intent but should have scored with his first early chance that hit the bar.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    62
    7
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Dealt competently with the ball in the air but looked a tad slow on the turn. Made some vital late headers.

  • Jonny Evans
    50
    13
    3.00

    Jonny Evans

    Moved the ball about well but like Ferdinand was guilty of losing track of Rodallega on occasion. Also provided a strong presence late on like his defensive partner.

  • Antonio Valencia
    38
    43
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia Flop of the Match

    Shot wastefully wide early on and is struggling to replicate his usual high levels of performance in a red shirt. Rightfully replaced by Chicharito.

  • Michael Carrick
    47
    14
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Quick to harry opponents in the centre, he is integral to United's high-tempo style in games such as these. Wasted possession unnecessarily at times, however.

  • Nani
    51
    21
    2.50

    Nani

    Looked to use his quick feet to cut in from the left but didn't deliver a killer ball, and wasted too many crosses when positioned well.

  • Tom Cleverley
    48
    15
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Energetic and tidy as usual from the young England midfielder but has to get into scoring positions more often.

  • Wayne Rooney
    82
    18
    2.50

    Wayne Rooney

    Almost opened the scoring twice including hitting the post, but got caught up in a few too many battles. Provided the game's decisive moment with a great finish.

  • Robin van Persie
    61
    22
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    Cultured on the ball and in his deliveries, but Hangeland and Senderos marshalled him well. Wasted a good header early in the second half. Made a vital late header off the line.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Giggs
    50
    7
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Had 15 minutes to turn the tie, and proved to be a calming presence in a fraught ending

  • Javier Hernández
    73
    17
    2.50

    Javier Hernández

    Given 25 minutes to change the game but couldn't find his usual key positions.

  • Danny Welbeck
    33
    32

    Danny Welbeck

    Came on for Nani late on, but had no time to make an impact.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2