Man Utd 1-0 Barcelona – player ratings


30th, April 2008

Edwin van der Sar Safe hands overall, despite one spill and a couple of sliced kicks. Took a couple of knocks for his trouble, from team-mate Wes Brown. In truth, Barcelona, never really tested him. 7
Owen Hargreaves Robot-like stamina saw him patrol the right-hand line with admirable discipline. Unsure of his positioning once or twice, but never looked uncomfortable at right-back. 8
Wes Brown His best ever performance in a United shirt. Nemanja Vidic was not missed at all. Cleared everything that came his way. 9 MAN OF THE MATCH
Rio Ferdinand Some brilliantly timed clearances, both with his head and foot. Looks more like a leader each time he plays, although on this occasion Brown outshone him. 8

Patrice Evra Keeping tabs on Lionel Messi is a tough task, but Evra did well. His athleticism never fails to amaze. 8
Michael Carrick You always feel the need to shout “Man on!” when Carrick receives the ball, but his intelligent range of passing usually gets him out of trouble. A decent, unselfish performance, but he might have got more involved. 7
Paul Scholes Perhaps the notion that he was past it stung Scholes into action. This was a much better showing than he gave in the Camp Nou, capped by a typically pure strike. How much is left in his little legs though? 8
Park Ji-Sung A great improvement on his first-leg stint, and one of his best outings in a red shirt. He worked tirelessly to close down the opposition and generally used the ball well. His crossing was often dangerous too. 8
Nani A whole-hearted game from a player who has yet to settle fully in England. Gave the ball away too often, but ran like a dog to get it back. Could have scored with a header but his effort glanced wide. 6
Cristiano Ronaldo Again overshadowed by Lionel Messi, the Portuguese

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