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Liverpool v United - Player Ratings!

Tevez scored the winner, Anderson took Gerrard off the park, Rio and Vidic were unpenetrable - who was the best?

Edwin van der Sar: The Dutchman was uncharacteristically shaky, two bad decisions in the first half could have cost us the game. Rarely tested though. 5

Wes Brown: He was responsible for Liverpool's best chance of the second half when he headed the ball into Babel's path. Looked shaky and fell for the poorest tricks and dribbles. Yet he kept going and made a number of key clearances. 6

Rio Ferdinand: Magnificent, immovable, rock-solid. He kept Fernando Torres quiet for 90 minutes and was equal to everything Liverpool threw at him. 9

Nemanja Vidic: He was as reliable and dependable as ever and only gets lower marks than Rio because his adversary, Kuyt is of poor quality. 8

Patrice Evra: Clearly dominated Benayoun, he even had time to get forward and offer an attacking threat. Great clearances, even good headers and fine tackles. 8

Anderson: This guy is bloody brilliant. Where did he learn to play central midfield with such effectivity? St. Steven of Liverpool barely had a good moment as the 19-year-old showed him how to play this game. 8

Owen Hargreaves: Had a really good game. Fought for every ball, his tackles were of high quality but his passing sometimes let him down a bit. 7

Cristiano Ronaldo: After his brilliant impact at the Emirates and his showings in the Champions League, it's very disappointing that apart from one incisive pass to Rooney, he did not turn up. 5

Ryan Giggs: He was a bit lost as the studs were shown and tackles were flying in from every direction. These extremely physical contests hardly show Giggs at his best. 6

Wayne Rooney: Held up the ball well and his mis-hit shot led to the goal but he really should have scored ten minutes from time, a player of his quality should never miss chances like these. 6

Carlos Tevez: Intelligently sat back to get the ball for himself and his pace and trickery made it difficult for Liverpool. Great piece of finishing but tired after 65-70 minutes. 7

Michael Carrick: Should have been brought in earlier for a far more comfortable win. His clearances and passes were intelligent and usually found a team-mate. 7

John O'Shea: No impact.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 17 2007

Time: 1:27PM

Your Comments

how good has anderson been lately. with his form, i think hargreaves/scholes/carrick will have to fight it out for the other central midfield berth, and hes only 19? what a future the guy has!
united4life
van der Sar played awful and had a very poor performance, he is getting old now, we need a young goalkeeper to replace him. did you see Ronaldo in the game? he didn't play well at all. for me Anderson was the best. anyways, the most important thing is we got 3pts at Anfield.
Star 3000
Can you tell me how exactly Anderson kept Gerrard at bay? His job wasn't even to keep Stevie at bay!
Aamir
aamir, accept it i told you before. anderon OWNED gerrard today, he was awful, couldnt dtring together passes and was never a goal threat (exept a volley he skewed 8127m wide) anderson was immense, husseled him, harayed him. i think his secret is that people undeestimatehim, he doesnt look like the kinda person who can outmuscle gerrard,, but he did. i lost count the amount of times he (and tevez) stole possesion in midfield, anddid you see his run half way through the firest half, ran ran mascherano gerrard and arbeola, and sprintedha;d the length of the field only to be stopped by as last-gasp tackle from gerrard (one of the few times he got the better of the brazilian) he was immense, and on that showing aamir, id rather have him than stevie-g ('g' standing for gods gift!!!!)
united4life
...or more realisticly, got OWNED!
united4life
united4life said it all, he's spot on about anderson. Star3000: i think you're being harsh on edwin yes he had a bad game but he was very consistent this season so far
Vidicinho
and unfortunately, it's too true that ronaldo did not turn up. however, we were supposed to be dead without him and yet we won at anfield with a fair degree of comfort with him playing awfully
Vidicinho
rio showed other defenders in the prem how to deal with torres, he was ace!!
fenton_01
Anderson Played mint ! he gave gerard a rough time ! i agrea with united4life all the way ! 1 of the best defenders in the prem has got 2 be Rio !! star 3000 is right we do need a younger keeper because edwin van der sar play crap worst peformance of the season !! altho evra played well aswell grate clearence of line ( but andersons were better ) !!
mufc-henry
Hey, no need to slag off Edwin. He was bad, he made two stupid blunders but that does not mean he is a bad goalkeeper. He will bounce back. Don't forget his great saves at Sporting, for instance, before you want him thrown out.
Zae
I saw three head-to-head challenges between Stevie and Anderson and Gerrard won them all. By the way, I think it would be a huge mistake for you to get rid of Van Der Sar.
Aamir
I cannot believe your actually slaggin van der sar off when hes still had 1 of the best keepers in the world and when ronaldo has a bad game they still think hes the best player ever but yet again we had two very good players off key and we still beat liverpool
Jakk-United-2007
Although he's still one of the best keepers in europe, We can't have him forever and the truth is he's nearly 36 and he plays poor recently, so I don't think it's a huge mistake to buy a young keeper to replace him.
Star 3000
man u r ****inn absolute *****
loyalleeds
he is 37 but should not get rid of him until foster proves himself
Vidicinho
 

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