United 1 Birmingham 0: Player ratings

16 August 2009 03:28
7 Foster: Handled comfortably and cleared his lines with solid punching. Capped it with great save from Benitez 6 Fabio: McFadden was an early handful but he overcame the rocky start 6 O'Shea: Stand-in captain didn't have a lot to do to contain Birmingham attack 6 Evans: Overcame his midweek injury to step into Ferdinand's boots with ease 8 Evra: Was on his toes all match. Last gasp defending on line, clean tackling and dangerous attacker 6 Valencia: A steady enough start from the newcomer with some neat touches 7 Fletcher: Erratic early passing but then he got his foot into the midfield battle 7 Scholes: Always available and ran his legs off at times 6 Nani: Did okay and had one trademark thunderbolt stopped but also got bruised and was subbed at half time 8 Rooney: The striker was United's most dangerous spearhead and it was a typically rampant effort 6 Berbatov: Had one header off line but was generally a bit too quiet Subs: Giggs sub Nani (45) Sensible half 6, Owen (sub Berbatov 74) Missed late chance 5, Brown (sub Evans 74) No problems 5 Not used: Anderson, Gibson, De Laet, Kuszczak Referee: Lee Mason - Steady effort 6

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