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Arsenal v Man United: Player ratings
Published : 05 May 2009 22:27:14
ARSENAL: Manuel Almunia: Man-of-the-match last week but should not be getting beaten from that distance, no matter how powerful the free-kick. 7/10. Bacary Sagna: Worked hard and tried to get forward but his performance, like so many, was shaped by the opening 11 minutes. 6. Kolo Toure: A number of Arsenal players will be asking where do they go from here. Not bad, but not enough. 6. Johan Djourou: Preferred to Mikael Silvestre and did OK. It's not like he could have stopped the early goals. 6. Kieran Gibbs (off 46): How sorry do you feel for the youngster, whose unfortunate slip gifted United their perfect start. 6. Theo Walcott (off 62): Has the pace to petrify anyone but did not really get round Evra. 6. Alexandre Song: Better than last week but found himself out-numbered at times as United swamped the midfield. 6. Cesc Fabregas: Wanted to impress so much but must have had the heart ripped out of him by that start. 6. Samir Nasri: Probably Arsenal's most creative player and kept trying no matter how great the odds. 7. Robin van Persie (off 79): Was supposed to bring a greater cutting edge to Arsenal's attack. It did not work. Took his penalty well though. 6. Emmanuel Adebayor: Not that much better than seven days ago. The sound of knives being sharpened cannot be far away. 5. Emmanuel Eboue (on 46): Did his job well but the shape of the game has already been dictated. 6. Nicklas Bendtner (on 62): Thankless task given the position his team were in when he was introduced but had a few good chances. 7. Carlos Vela (on 79): Too late to make an impact. 6. MANCHESTER UNITED: Edwin van der Sar: Although his goal came under occasional pressure, he didn't really have any shots to save. 7. John O'Shea: After last week's heroics, O'Shea left the goals to others and concentrated on defence instead. 7. Rio Ferdinand: One heart-stopping moment when he almost deflected the ball into his own net but after that totally solid. 7. Nemanja Vidic: Back to his best. Hard, uncompromising and too difficult for Arsenal to get round. 7. Patrice Evra (off 65): Stood up to the threat of Walcott well after his recent travails against nippy wingers. 7. Darren Fletcher: One of Old Trafford's unsung heroes. Cruelly picked up an undeserved red card that rules him out of the final. 8. Michael Carrick: Another fine display from the former Tottenham man. 8. Anderson (off 62): A couple of superb performances in the last week. Easy to see why Ferguson regards him as Scholes' successor. 8. Park Ji-Sung: Chosen ahead of Tevez and Berbatov for his extra energy. The early goal was an added bonus. 8. Wayne Rooney (off 66): Deployed on the left-hand side of a five-man midfield and once again was superb. 8. Cristiano Ronaldo: Good grief. How can you legislate for someone who can score from there? A world-class performance. 9. Ryan Giggs (on 62): Introduced to slow the game down. After 802 appearances he should know how. 7. Rafael (on 65): Great experience for the Brazilian just to be involved. 7. Dimitar Berbatov (on 66): Did not think he would reach the Champions League final as a substitute. 7.