Player Ratings: Derby County 1-4 Manchester United

Manchester United booked themselves a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 4-1 win over Derby County. Goal.com rates the performers...
DERBY COUNTY

Bywater: 7.5 – Conceded four goals but it could have been more but forhis endeavour. Good stops from Fletcher and Nani in the first half and another smart double-save from Ronaldo and Fletcher after the break.

Connolly: 5.0 – Nani caused him problems down the left and he struggled against the winger’s pace and trickery.

Addison: 7.0 – Made a mistake that allowed Ronaldo in to head the third, but otherwise a strong display and redeemed himself with a great header at the other end.

Albrechtsen: 6.0 – Found United’s movement a problem, particularly the movement of Giggs, Gibson and Fletcher.

Stewart: 6.0 - Had some good moments and came forwards at times, but found Park a handful down the United right, particularly in the first half.

Barazite: 6.5 – He looked good in possession and made some telling runs forward, but too often failed to provide any end-product. 

Green: 6.0 – Struggled to keep track of United’s midfield at times and found their quick passing a particular problem but hard-working nonetheless.

Savage: 6.5 - Ruffled Ronaldo’s feathers early on but couldn’t unsettle the United midfield, otherwise he was a tenacious presence in the middle of the park.

Teale: 7.5 – Was a real threat down the left, particularly in the second half when Derby came forwards and forced Foster into a first-class save last on with a great strike.

Commons: 7.0 - The hero last time at Pride Park and was bright and lively. Set up Addison for the goal and pumped plenty of decent delivery into the box.

Hulse: 6.5 – A physical presence in attack. He had a decent effort on the turn which he fired just over.

Substitutes

Sterjovski: 6.5 – Came on and helped Derby enjoy a good spell in the second half before the fourth goal killed them off.

Porter: 6.0 – Replaced Hulse but couldn’t make much of an impact. 

Pearson: n/a

MANCHESTER UNITED

Foster: 7.0 – Couldn’t prevent Addison’s goal and a few dodgy kicked clearances but a brilliant save to deny Teale late on.

Rafael Da Silva: 6.0 - Derby were a threat down the United right, particularly in the second half, and he found Teale a tough opponent.

Ferdinand: 7.0 – Missed England’s midweek international but back in action and did little wrong in what was a comfortable outing.

Evans: 6.5 – In for Vidic who was rested, and a few shaky moments but played the part.

Evra: 6.5 - Back in the team after injury and cruised through 55 minutes before being given a rest.

Park: 6.5 - Busy as always and had a good effort from a narrow angle which forced Bywater into an excellent save. Replaced early after his midweek international exploits.

Fletcher: 7.5 - Combined really well with Gibson and Giggs, great passing and teed up Welbeck for the fourth goal.

Gibson: 8.0 - Looked good in his favoured central midfield position and a lovely finish made it 2-0 from the edge of the box.

Nani: 7.0 - Teased Connolly down the left and scored with a super right-footed finish after cutting inside.

Giggs: 8.5 - Another composed display. Intelligent, quick passing and set up Ronaldo with a precise corner. Also provided a smashing flick to tee Ronaldo up for a goal which was eventually disallowed

Ronaldo: 7.0 – Scored the third with a thumping header and had another effort disallowed for offside before given a rest in the second half by Ferguson.

Substitutes

Welbeck: 7.5 - Might have got closer to Addison for the goal but he had only just arrived on the pitch. Made amends with a sumptuous finish to end the game as a contest.

O’Shea: 6.0 - Slotted in at left-back and put in a solid display.

Possebon: 6.0 – Handed some vital experience in the second half.

Gill Clark, Goal.com