United v Valencia: Player ratings

05 August 2009 10:26
Foster: The England man finally had the chance to prove he is United?s number one, with Edwin van der Sar ruled out for two months. Barely tested before being replaced by Kuszczak at half time. 6 De Laet: Showed great willingness to support Valencia on the right ? his early cross to Rooney deserved a better finish from the England striker. 7 Ferdinand: Helped nurse De Laet through his big night. Dominant in the air and perfect timing as ever on the ground. 8

Evans: Will hope to build on his outstanding breakthrough season last year ? and with the continued absence of Nemanja Vidic, could find himself partnering Ferdinand at the start of the campaign. 7 Evra: Took every opportunity to get forward and as effective as ever at the back. 7

Valencia: Much is expected of the Ecuadorian and he didn?t disappoint with a superb run and cross for Rooney to open the scoring. 8 Fletcher: How he was missed against Barcelona in the Champions League final and he showed that he will be pivotal to United?s plans this season with a typically industrious display. 8 Carrick: The England man?s creativity will come under increased scrutiny this season. On plenty of occasions he showed his eye for a pass, with a raking cross-field pass to Tosic early on, a perfect example of his accuracy. 7 Tosic: Still slight in frame, there are doubts as to whether he is ready for the rigours of the Premier League, but there is no doubting his technical ability ? showing an impressive range of tricks on the left. 7 Rooney: Expected to take over the mantle as United?s talisman in the absence of Ronaldo and produced a sumptuous display of long and short range passing. Scored a brilliant header as well as presenting Owen with a golden opportunity in the first half. 9 Owen: Missed a catalogue of chances, but neither Ferguson nor Capello could have failed to notice how time and again his runs tore Valencia to shreds. 7 Substitutes: Kuszckak (for Foster 45) Had more to do than Foster and produced a stunning save just moments after coming on at half time. 8 O?Shea (for Evans 45) Mr Versatile came on at centre back, but could well start the season at right back. Assured as ever. 7 Cleverley (for Tosic 45) A big night for the youngster and he showed some good touches including a well-taken goal. 7 Berbatov (for Rooney 63) 6 Anderson (for Carrick 63) 6 Gibson (for Fletcher 63) 7 Macheda (for Owen 63) 7 Fabio (for De Laet 63) 6 Nani (for Valencia 80) 6 Att: 74,311

Source: Manchester_EveningNews