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October 30, 2010 5:30 PM BST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 75223‎
 
 
84′ Nani
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-0 Tottenham

By Greg Stobart

  • Edwin van der Sar
    261
    21
    3.00

    Edwin van der Sar

    A solid evening for the Dutchman the day after his 40th birthday. World class save to his left to deny Modric an equaliser and used all his experience to close the angle on Bale.

  • Rafael Silva
    270
    30
    3.00

    Rafael Silva

    A vibrant performance from the Brazilian, who was chosen ahead of Gary Neville and John O'Shea to mark the in-formGareth Bale. Occasionally caught out out positionally but made some excellent tackles and also offered attacking threat. Replaced by Wes Brown in the 65th minute.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    248
    23
    3.50

    Rio Ferdinand

    Composed performance from the England captain as he made some important defensive interceptions, particularly in reading crosses from the wide areas. Nearly caught out by Bale in the first-half.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    330
    22
    3.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    Bullied Spurs' lone striker Robbie Keane and gobbled up almost everything thrown at him in the air. Made the difference at the other end of the pitch with a well-timed run and aggressive header to open the scoring.

  • Patrice Evra
    193
    27
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Struggled early on as Lennon ran at him but grew in confidence and was helped out by Park in front of him. The Frenchman appeared to have the beating of Hutton on the rare occasions he ventured forward.

  • Nani
    351
    64
    3.50

    Nani

    Playing with the attitude of someone at the top of their game and was involved in a gripping battle with Assou-Ekotto. Always looked to make something happen with dribbles, crosses and shots. Not his best game of the season but great delivery for Vidic's header and added the controversial second.

  • Darren Fletcher
    192
    32
    3.50

    Darren Fletcher

    Set the tempo for a breakneck first 20 minutes as he stormed all over the pitch but could not get to grips with Modric as the game settled, forcing Ferguson to change his formation.

  • Michael Carrick
    146
    54
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Composed performance in front of the back four from the England midfielder, who grew into the game after losing Van der Vaart a couple of times early on.

  • Ji-Sung Park
    267
    31
    3.50

    Ji-Sung Park

    Back to form following his midweek goal against Wolves, the South Korean star was one of the hosts' most potent attacking threats. Hit the post with low rasper after just one minute and then fired over the crossbar after junking into the penalty area.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    277
    35
    3.50

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    A lively performance from the in-form Mexican but he was restricted to just one real goalscoring opportunity. His stock at Old Trafford at the moment was highlighted when he stayed on the pitch when Ferguson shifted his formation to playing with a lone striker.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    153
    100
    3.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    A quiet display from the Bulgarian against his old club, whose supporters taunted with chants of 'what a waste of money'. Replaced by Scholes in the 64th minute as United looked to see the game out.

Substitutions

  • Wes Brown
    135
    31
    3.00

    Wes Brown

    Relatively untroubled after replacing Rafael in the 64th minute.

  • Gabriel Obertan
    119
    34
    0.00

    Gabriel Obertan

    Late replacement for Hernandez.

  • Paul Scholes
    145
    26
    3.00

    Paul Scholes

    Replacement for Berbatov in the 64th minute and helped United see the game out.

  • Gomes
    111
    121
    2.50

    Gomes Flop of the Match

    Made some good saves as United peppered his goal from range but his evening was marred by his involvement in the hosts' second, when he presented Nani with an empty net as he thought Spurs had been awarded a free-kick. Unfortunate, yes, but he should have checked with the officials.

  • Alan Hutton
    23
    57
    3.00

    Alan Hutton

    A decent performance from the Scot but his touch seemed to desert him at vital moments when in attacking positions. Was given a difficult afternoon as Park gave him barely a second to relax on the ball.

  • Younes Kaboul
    22
    58
    3.00

    Younes Kaboul

    Dominated aerial balls played towards Berbatov but committed himself to challenges too early and too often. One such tackle on Hernandez earned him a yellow card.

  • William Gallas
    33
    65
    3.00

    William Gallas

    Strapping on right leg suggested injury but the French defender was an assured presence at the back for the visitors. Booked in 17th minute for foul on Hernandez.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    26
    56
    3.00

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Involved in intriguing battle with Nani which he eventually lost as the Portuguese flyer played a part in both goals. Poor effort to head the ball away in the build-up to the first United goal.

  • Aaron Lennon
    32
    62
    2.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Lively start to the game as he ran at Evra but could not produce killer final ball and faded to anonymity in the latter stages when he side needed pace and drive from the flanks.

  • Luka Modric
    236
    199
    4.00

    Luka Modric Top of the Match

    Paul Scholes may not have started but there was another little master on the pitch as the Croatian dictated the midfield for the visitors. Superb running, movement and passing and nearly scored with a driven half-volley that Van der Sar saved athletically.

  • Jermaine Jenas
    20
    65
    3.00

    Jermaine Jenas

    Good first-half performance but was unable to influence Spurs in an attacking sense as the pace of the game slowed down. Caught ball watching twice as United counter-attacked.

  • Gareth Bale
    66
    59
    3.00

    Gareth Bale

    Well handled by Rafael early on and only once did he threaten to re-produce his San Siro magic with a solo run and right-footed shot that crept just wide. Shackled out of proceedings and unable to pose a real danger as United got bodies around him at every opportunity.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    154
    37
    3.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    Rattled the post with vicious strike from 20 yards that had compatriot Van der Sar beaten and always looked a danger when he picked the ball up in pocket of space, particularly in the first-half. Muscle injury which forced him off for Crouch in the 77th minute will be a real worry for Spurs fans.

  • Robbie Keane
    27
    72
    2.50

    Robbie Keane

    Handed a rare and surprising start be Redknapp but never posed any goal threat at all. Some good moments of link-up play but was replaced by Pavlyuchenko in the 62nd minute as the visitors went looking for a way back into the match.

Substitutions

  • W. Palacios
    35
    47
    3.00

    W. Palacios

    Replaced Jenas in 66th minute and added some energy to the Spurs midfield.

  • Roman Pavlyuchenko
    53
    51
    3.00

    Roman Pavlyuchenko

    A bright performance after coming on as a 62nd minute replacement for Keane but still far from the top class striker Tottenham need for their top four push. Had a couple of pot-shots that went close, in particular one that deflected just wide off Rio Ferdinand.

  • Peter Crouch
    16
    78
    3.00

    Peter Crouch

    Barely touched the ball after replacing Van der Vaart in the 77th minute.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0