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United v Newcastle - Player Ratings

Edwin van der Sar: Had to pick the ball out of the net once. Nothing else to do all afternoon. 6

Wes Brown: Troubled by Gutierrez's pace and trickery all afternoon and his attacking contribution was negligible, his crosses never found anyone. 5

Rio Ferdinand: He did his job, I can't complain. Apart from that one corner, Newcastle's attackers barely had a chance. 7

Nemanja Vidic: Oh, how close he was to score a very important goal. Unlucky. 7

Patrice Evra: Tried and fought and did not play badly but he should have put in more crosses. 6

Darren Fletcher: Important goal but that's all, otherwise he was largely unnoticeable. We all know he's a central midfielder... 6

Paul Scholes: Good first half - especially first 25 minutes when Carrick was alongside him. Wayward shooting and faded in the second 45 minutes. 6

Michael Carrick: We played well while he was on the pitch, we played badly when he was brought off. It would be simplistic to say that he is our most important player but certainly a key contributor. 6

Ryan Giggs: Good assist, otherwise offered no width as he always drifted into the overcrowded middle section. 6

Wayne Rooney: Poor. Showed some energy in the first few minutes then quickly ran out of it and looked off the pace. 5

Frazier Campbell: Should have scored with a header, very unlucky. Had a good shot parried by Given and he was threatening all afternoon. Keep it up, lad. 7

John O'Shea: The big man did not play badly but he's not a central midfielder and will never be. That's all. 5

Rodrigo Possebon: Did well during his 30 minutes on the pitch but he's got loads to learn. 6

Rafael da Silva: He made no impact in the last ten minutes when Newcastle were putting constantly 10 men behind the ball.



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Writer:Zae
Date:Monday August 18 2008
Time: 3:35AM

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Harsh rating for Rooney. Give him a chance - he's lost half a stone through this virus, hardly trained, and then put himself through a draining schedule of two training sessions a day. It was only down to his hard work in the first place that he got there - he wasn't expected to play let alone start, and it's no surprise he was rusty. And to expect him to come back and work miracles without Tevez and Ronaldo... harsh. He did very well leading the line with young Campbell, and all things considered, looked quite lively. To give him the joint worst score is a bit hard on him - Frazier Cambell for one wasn't two marks better.
Man utd champions
18/08/2008 11:24:00
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I think you bring up a good point there Zae. People talk about Ronaldo being our main player, but without a decent centre midfield we were nothing. Carrick doesnt get the credit he deserves. Top player.
united4life
18/08/2008 12:03:00
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I agree, united4life - carrick is extremely under-rated, by both United fans and the media alike (I have to confess to this at times). You could also say the same for a lot of the team though. The defence and van der Sar didn't get as much credit as they deserved for doing a job that was just as important to our Double as goals; the midfielders often didn't get much appreciation as they didn't score much last season; and Tevez and Rooney spent much of their time defending and setting Ronaldo up to get all the praise and glory. We are United, and we won the double because of eleven players and the rest of the squad NOT just because of Ronaldo.
Man utd champions
18/08/2008 13:04:00
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We missed carrick big time.
rooneyisgod
18/08/2008 14:24:00
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