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Player Ratings: Bayern Munich 2-1 Manchester United

BAYERN MUNICH

Butt: 6 – Left hopelessly exposed by his back four on Rooney’s early goal, but was often leaden-footed on the few occasions he was called upon as United failed to truly test him thereafter.

Lahm: 6.5 – Provided a great influence on the ball, but went missing at times off it. Kept Park quiet enough to earn an above-average mark.

Van Buyten: 6 – Provided a much greater presence up against Rooney than his centre-half partner, but that’s not saying much. He’ll have been disappointed by the number of opportunities afforded to the England centre-forward.

Demichelis: 4.5 – Suffered a nightmare start by giving away a free kick in 12 seconds and then slipping as the resulting set piece came in to hand Rooney a tap-in. Gifted the striker another opportunity when he misjudged a regulation cross before the break. Improved during the second half, albeit slightly.

Badstuber: 6.5 – Fed Ribery to fine effect and made things difficult for Nani at times, but failed to stop the Portuguese getting in crosses too often. Looked more than comfortable on the ball as Bayern took over in the second half.

Altintop: 6.5 – Got into some great positions in the first half, but scuffed one effort and was too slow to react to another. The second period brought his best chance of the lot, but Van der Sar kept it out. A goal would have capped an influential showing.

Van Bommel: 7 – Did his usual job of battling away in the midfield, whilst showing himself once again to be a more than capable player on the ball. He was the main reason why Bayern were able to put their foot down in the second period.

Pranjic: 6.5 – Kept things ticking over well, moving the ball about with comfort, but without providing any vital moments. Did well to keep a rein on the likes of Scholes and Carrick though.

Ribery: 7 – Not at his best, but still caused United problems. Whenever he got into crossing positions he had the away side in a panic and some of his neat balls when cutting inside created half-chances for FCB. He has scored much better free kick goals than the one which brought the scores level.

Mueller: 6 – Looked out of place at times as a centre-forward at this level, but contributed to a couple of chances for Altintop and Olic, which they may have made more of on another night.

Olic: 7.5 – Looked Bayern’s most likely goal threat for long spells, though he could have reacted a touch quicker when Altintop’s effort just escaped his attention. More than deserved his late winner.

Subs:

Gomez: 6.5 – Provided a greater presence up front alongside Olic, allowing the Croatian more leeway up against Ferdinand and Vidic.

Klose: NA – Given only five minutes to impress.

Tymoshchuk: NA – Late replacement.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Van der Sar: 7 – Kept very busy for the most part, and was forced into a couple of excellent stops, but Bayern will have been disappointed not to have really stretched him more.

Neville: 6 – Dealt reasonably well with Ribery, but when the Frenchman really took him on he looked short for pace.

Ferdinand: 6 – Really struggled up against Olic on the ground and will be looking for a much better showing at Old Trafford if United are to turn the tie around.

Vidic: 6 – Almost stole a winner when his bullet header struck the bar, but was conspicuous by his absence as Olic side-footed home at the end.

Evra: 5 – Gave the ball away at regular intervals as United struggled to get a foothold during the second half. Also failed to get close to Altintop often enough, meaning the wide man had a number of good opportunities.

Nani: 6 – Provided a couple of telling crosses early on, most notably assisting Rooney’s opener. But his influence was felt less as Bayern took over and he was substituted for Giggs late on.

Fletcher: 6 – One of United’s better midfielders, but they lost out quite heavily in the second half in particular. His excellent cross should have been turned home by Rooney for 2-0.

Carrick: 5.5 – Didn’t get on top in midfield, as shown by the possession statistics, and by the amount of running he was left to do. Replaced by Valencia.

Scholes: 6 – The typical Paul Scholes performance, littered with endeavour, commitment and shocking tackles. Caught on the ball too often for the liking of United supporters.

Park: 5.5 – The Korean started well but quickly faded, trying his best to get involved in the high-tempo midfield battle, but too often losing possession.

Rooney: 7 – Scored a simple opener and caused the two centre-halves all kinds of problems, but missed a couple of chances he’s become known for burying. Couldn’t do anything about the deflection which gave Bayern an equaliser. His injury will be a greater concern to Sir Alex than Olic’s winner.

 

Subs:

Valencia: 5.5 – No effect after being brought on for Carrick to stretch the German defence.

Berbatov: 5.5 – Brought on for Park, but did nothing memorable as United subsided under Bayern pressure.

Giggs: NA – Late replacement for Nani.



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