Manchester United v Inter Milan: Man marking

12 March 2009 08:53
Edwin van der Sar: 6More exposed than he has become accustomed to and the Dutchman had some nervous moments, but he used every part of his body to keep another clean sheet.

John O'Shea: 5Endured a shaky first-half, almost conceding a dangerous free kick with foul on Ibrahimovic and then spurned glorious chance to make it 2-0. Steadied in second-half

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Man Utd 2 Inter Milan 0 Agg 2-0

Rio Ferdinand: 6Came up against Ibrahimovic on one of those rare occasions when the Swede was up for it. Ibrahimovic won the first-half battle, but Ferdinand regained control after the interval.

Nemanja Vidic: 7The man Mourinho wanted suspended for this game, following his Club World Cup red card, and he showed exactly why. Terrific header for opening goal and also defended stoically at the back against Ibrahimovic and Adriano.

Patrice Evra: 7United's best defender. His athleticism and steady head proved crucial as Inter went for broke after Ronaldo had put United 2-0 ahead.

Michael Carrick: 5Sloppy in possession and off the pace in the early stages. Not the player that was labelled 'il magnifico' by the Italians after the first-leg.

Paul Scholes: 6Showed some neat touches sporadically, but struggled to counter Inter's first-half power and the 34-year-old faded rapidly in the second-half before making way for Anderson.

Ryan Giggs: 8At 35, the United captain rediscovered the brilliant wing play of his youth before moving inside to pull the strings in the centre. He carried United into the quarter-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo: 7Still not producing the coruscating performances of last season, but he gave a glimpse against Inter and ensured progression for United with his seventeenth goal of the campaign.

Wayne Rooney: 7Received a potentially costly booking for second-half foul on Maicon, but his cross to Ronaldo for United's second goal was superb and proved the decisive moment in the game.

Dimitar Berbatov: 5Spent the majority of the first-half waiting for the ball in an offside position, thereby blunting United's edge, before missing a golden chance to make it 3-0 early in second-half.

Sir Alex Ferguson: 8Pulled a rabbit out of the hat by naming Scholes and Giggs in the starting line-up, with Giggs on the left. Inter's energy threatened to catch United out in the first-half, but United were much brighter after break thanks to Ferguson's work at the interval.


Anderson (on for Scholes 70): 6Injected energy into midfield in closing stages.

Park Ji-Sun (on for Rooney 84): 6Gave United extra defensive cover to prevent a late Inter surge.

Ben Foster (g), Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher, Darron Gibson, Carlos Tevez


Source: Telegraph