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Tomasz Kuszczak: People are slagging him off for no apparent reason. I'm still not convinced he really fouled Santa Cruz early on and made a fine save from Bentley. Faultless at the goal. 6

Wes Brown: Looks like he still hasn't recovered completely from his mare against Arsenal. Had some trouble with containing Pedersen. 6

Rio Ferdinand: Very, very unlucky at the goal but should have cleared the ball at once. 6

Nemanja Vidic: Great to see him back, the defense overall was much better than in recent weeks. 7

Patrice Evra: Hindered in attack by Giggs' poor display. Defensively he had all sorts of problems with Santa Cruz's aerial prowess: that particular tactical decision from Sparky could have reaped huge dividends had Rovers made advantage of it. 7

Cristiano Ronaldo: Poor first half but improved beyond recognition after Nani's introduction which gave him breathing space. Unlucky not to score and could have been awarded a penalty. 7

Paul Scholes: Mediocre first half, no forward passing. Improved in the second half and he was hugely influential in the last 20 minutes, eventually providing the flick-on for the equaliser. 6

Michael Carrick: Solid, had to do the legwork for Scholes. His usual penetrative passing was lacking this time. 6

Ryan Giggs: Either Nani or Park would have done better. Some nice turns but poor passing, evident lack of pace and even his crosses went astray. Ageing badly it seems, he should be only used as a substitute. 4

Carlos Tevez: Worked and worked and worked, missed two great chances then got rewarded with the equaliser. He's got an uncanny knack for scoring vital goals in big games (Chelsea, Liverpool, Lyon, Tottenham, Roma, now Blackburn). And I still think he hasn't displayed all his ability this season, he will get better. 7

Wayne Rooney: His exemplary behaviour against Arsenal gave way to frustration and could have been sent off for an ugly tackle. Missed great chances again. His pass to Tevez early on was class though. 6

Luis Nani: Replaced Giggs at half-time and injected pace and urgency into our attacking play. He is the best at taking corners in the squad and could have even won the game for us in injury time. Man of the match. 8

John O'Shea: Replaced a shaky Brown and did well, could have even scored but for an incredible, unbelievable save from Brad Friedel. 7

Ji-sung Park: Came on only after the equaliser, no impact.




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Date:Sunday April 20 2008

Time: 10:51AM

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Well done guys on your point. About the right result in the end but we are lucky, we have the Premier League's best goalkeeper.
MikeyGamst
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20/04/2008 12:43:00

wouldnt argue there mikeygamst! as for giggs, i know there will eb peopel out there (ironically most of them NOT united fans) who will say giggs still has it. but unfortuntely he just doesnt. he has become slow, predictable and his crosses have somehow vanished into existence. its sad, but i still felll he could be a good impact sub, played in a more central role. scholes too seems short of pace, but hsi apssing remians perfect and due to his positon in the pitch (and carricks new found love of defending) he can just about get away with it. i think the golden rule here is that we cannot start with both giggs and scholes, ands perhaps more sadly im not sure giggs should be such a regular anymore. nani has been very impressive this season and park has shown he can add vital contribtuion to the team. its a sad fact, but if we want to push on and cement ourselves as one of the greatest teams in the world, we surely cannot be carrying anyone. im sure SAF knows what he is doing, but i justy pray he sticks with park or nani for the left hand side for ther remainder of the season.
united4life
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20/04/2008 13:03:00

Great to see Nani back! Poor Giggs, I feel bad that he's starting to lose it. Next season will surely be his last if he makes it.
Paulinho
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20/04/2008 19:43:00

yeah i mean him, scholes and neville are good to have as back up, but we have to move on and i feel their time at starting in the team is over. (with the possible exception of scholes)
united4life
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20/04/2008 20:02:00

i dont think scholes and giggs should play in a 4-4-2 together, it doesnt work.
rooneyisgod
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20/04/2008 20:37:00

^ They slow the team down quite a bit.
Paulinho
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22/04/2008 03:09:00

Yeah and if the opposition is pressing us then we have problems due to their lack of pace. Barcelona, with their less physical approach might suit Scholes more.
midlothian99
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22/04/2008 23:49:00

I know you don't rate other team's players... but if I may: Friedel - 10
FreidelNo.1
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23/04/2008 14:03:00

 

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