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March 5, 2013 9:45 PM SAST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ C. Çakιr‎
Attendance:‬ 74959‎
 
48′ (OG) Sergio Ramos
Luka Modric 66′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid (Agg 2-3)

Jose Mourinho's side came from behind to win at Old Trafford and proceed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after Nani had been controversially sent off

By Ewan Roberts

  • David de Gea
    41
    9
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Couldn't be blamed for either goal, with Modric striking an unstoppable long-range effort beyond his reach and Ronaldo tapping the ball in at the far post. Was otherwise proactive and assured.

  • Rafael
    48
    15
    3.00

    Rafael

    Contained Ronaldo well, matching the winger's pace and strength, and even got forward with abandon too. Lost the Portuguese winger at the back post for Madrid's second goal, however. Substituted as United pushed for a goal.

  • Patrice Evra
    34
    14
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Had a quiet night and was largely untroubled. Contained Di Maria well while he was on the pitch, but was a little more worried when Higuain drifted wide and fired crosses into the box. Worked well with Nani down the left until the latter was sent off.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    38
    14
    3.50

    Rio Ferdinand

    Solid and commanding, Madrid did not look capable of breaching his partnership with Vidic while both teams had 11 players on the pitch. Coped with the movement of Higuain well and stepped up when he needed to.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    54
    12
    3.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    Domineering in the air, Vidic rebuffed all of Madrid's aerial assaults. Was unlucky to see his thumping first-half header slam against the inside of the post. Made a good, last-ditch block to deny Ronaldo.

  • Ryan Giggs
    46
    13
    3.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Heart did not rule head when Sir Alex picked the 39-year-old, who dovetailed excellently with right-back Rafael to keep Ronaldo contained. The evergreen midfielder worked tirelessly off the ball and was classy on it.

  • Michael Carrick
    21
    17
    2.50

    Michael Carrick

    Wasn't at his best with the ball, and struggled to exert his usual control of possession, but worked hard off the ball to close down players and deny space between the lines. Was too easily deceived by Modric's drop of the shoulder before the Crotian thundered an effort past De Gea.

  • Nani
    36
    25
    3.00

    Nani

    Had injected pace down the left flank and provided a good release until he was controversially sent off for a high challenge. Fired in the cross from which Ramos passed the ball into his own net.

  • Tom Cleverley
    21
    21
    2.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Like central midfield partner Carrick, he struggled to find time and space to pass the ball, but worked tirelessly to stifle Madrid. Replaced by Rooney as United sought an unlikely comeback.

  • Danny Welbeck
    46
    18
    4.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Counterattacked with speed and energy, striding towards goal. Supported Van Persie well and worked hard to close down and press Alonso, almost completely nullifying the Madrid playmaker. An excellent display that was only let down by his poor finishing.

  • Robin van Persie
    25
    36
    2.50

    Robin van Persie

    Came alive in bursts, but with so little service he struggled to make a consistent impact on the match. Linked nicely with Welbeck, and released the pacey striker several times. Perhaps could have done a little better with the few chances that fell his way.

Substitutions

  • Antonio Valencia
    22
    13
    2.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Replaced Rafael as United pushed for a goal.

  • Ashley Young
    20
    15
    2.50

    Ashley Young

    Came on in place of Welbeck with a little over 10 minutes remaining and whipped in several dangerous crosses.

  • Wayne Rooney
    30
    16
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Surprisingly dropped from the starting XI, he was brought on in place of Cleverley as United chased the game. Brought creativity and forward impetus, and even had the chance to score.

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    104
    4
    4.00

    Diego López Rodríguez Top of the Match

    Made a number of brilliant saves before and after Madrid had taken the lead. Didn't always exude confidence, spilling the odd shot or mistiming the occasional punch, but prevented his side from conceding more than one goal and was unfortunate to see his own team-mate knock the ball past him. A brilliant, match-winning display.

  • Raphaël Varane
    56
    6
    3.50

    Raphaël Varane

    Showed his searing speed to keep pace with the speed merchants in Man Utd's team. Should have done better for the home side's opener, losing out to Nani on the by-line, but otherwise defended precociously.

  • Sergio Ramos
    34
    20
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Passed the ball into his own net after Nani's cross took a deceiving nick off Welbeck, though was solid throughout the match. Formed a strong partnership alongside Varane, contained Van Persie well and made several telling blocks and tackles.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    31
    10
    3.00

    Fabio Coentrao

    Was solid and reliable defensively, though didn't get forward in support of Ronaldo enough. Never overly worried by Giggs, though was occasionally caught out by the overlapping runs of Rafael.

  • Arbeloa
    22
    22
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    Offered virtually nothing offensively, and did not utilise the time and space he was afforded. Look worried by the pace of Nani. Was on the receiving end of a high challenge from the Portuguese that saw United reduced to 10 men, and was subbed shortly after.

  • Sami Khedira
    33
    11
    3.50

    Sami Khedira

    With Alonso man-marked by Welbeck, the German was asked to bear more of the creative burden, passing and probing and orchestrating attacks. Attacked well, showing vision and craft, and worked as hard as ever.

  • Mesut Özil
    37
    42
    2.00

    Mesut Özil Flop of the Match

    A hugely peripheral figure, the German playmaker struggled against United's tactics, with space between the lines almost completely deprived. Didn't show any of his usual class and was replaced in the second half.

  • Xabi Alonso
    30
    14
    2.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Hugely frustrated by Welbeck, who stuck to him like glue and prevented him from exerting his usual influence. The match largely passed him by as a result, though he still managed to be a vocal presence and worked hard defensively.

  • Ángel Di María
    25
    14
    2.50

    Ángel Di María

    Was substituted minutes before the end of the first half with an injury, and had struggled to influence the match or get the better of Evra before that. Was an occasional threat when he switched to the left, though his end product was inconsistent.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    43
    19
    3.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Was marshalled well by Rafael, and found little space inside as United congested the midfield. Struggled to beat the Brazilian full-back all night, but found space to tap in at the far post and hand Madrid the lead on the night.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    26
    13
    3.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Received little service and was regularly outjumped and outmuscled by United's defence when Madrid floated crosses into the box. Was more effective when supplying his team-mates, and fizzed a wonderful cross to the back post for Ronaldo to tap in.

Substitutions

  • Pepe
    25
    15
    3.00

    Pepe

    Pepe came on in place of Ozil after Madrid had taken the lead and with United piling considerably pressure on. Defended well, especially in the air.

  • Luka Modric
    100
    12
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    Came on in place of Arbeloa as Madrid pushed for an equaliser against 10-man United and showed his class and vision immediately. Smashed a ferocious effort in from 25 yards to equalise.

  • Kaká
    44
    26
    2.00

    Kaká

    Kaka came on in place of the injured Di Maria just before the end of the first half and was almost anonymous. Flittered between the lines but couldn't find space to affect the match.

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