Sunday, December 27, 2009

Manchester United-Hull City: Player Ratings

Manchester United

Kusczak (6.5 ) Didn't have to do anything spectacular. Distribution was a little wayward, as usual. Good shot-stopper.

Rafael (7 ) He's definitely not shy. Added impetus to a United attack requiring it. Reckless at times, as usual, but quick and resilient. Had United's best chance in the first half which he attempted well.

Vidic (8 ) Again looked perhaps more comfortable in Ferdinad's old position as right-centre back. Provided the difference in the air. Hopefully he's not carrying any more knocks as United look to make a winter run.

Brown (7.5 ) Good game. Strong in the air. More a natural centre-back than right-back here at the peak in his career.

Evra (7 ) Good technique and pace to provide much-needed natural width. Caught forward a few times. United's most consistent player this season.

Valencia (6.5 ) Got behind the defense a few times in the first half, looked positive when he was able. Touch needs refining, which will come.

Fletcher (8.5 ) United's man of the match back in midfield where he belongs. Looked like he was moving in fast-forward next to his midfield partner. Broke up play and created it throughout an energetic 95 minutes.

Carrick (5 ) Pedestrian as usual. Casual passing led to casual turn-overs. The invisible man.

Giggs (5 ) Definitely has been practicing his free-kicks. However, he's still very old and looked ineffective again on the wing. Passing was poor. Had little effect on the match, little presence throughout.

Berbatov (6.5 ) Held the ball up per usual. Didn't make enough runs. His form has been inconsistent since returning from injury. Needs a good run in the team and these 90 minutes help.

Rooney (6 ) Torrid first half. Lacked belief. Lacked confidence. Passed abysmally. Ball control was wayward. Made a good run to tap in Fletcher's nifty cross, though. Completely culpable for Hull's goal when he panicked under little pressure. Felt guilty and made amends by making more good runs behind the Hull defense in the second half. Nut-meg pass to Berbatov was a bit lucky. The three positive moments of his match don't outnumber the poor decisions and technique he displayed throughout the rest of it, especially in the first half.

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