Reading v United - Player Ratings!
Edwin van der Sar: A couple of shaky moments at crosses and long balls, one really good save from a Doyle shot. 6
Wes Brown: Neat and efficient at the back, he provided good support to Ronaldo on the right. One missed challenge let in Stephen Hunt in the first half and that could have ended with a goal had Vidic not intervened superbly... 7
Rio Ferdinand: Towering and confident as usual, he put in a faultless performance. 7
Nemanja Vidic: As I mentioned, one great piece of defending at that early Reading chance and then solid and reliable all afternoon. Headed wide from a good position after a corner. 7
Patrice Evra: Was made to work hard by Reading's right flank so had less time to go forward than usual but he was composed as always. 7
Cristiano Ronaldo: Not quite the brilliance of the Newcastle game but played well, caused plenty of problems for Shorey and set up scoring chances for others as well as for himself. Grew visibly frustrated with each missed opportunity but put the game beyond doubt with a cool piece of finishing. 7
Owen Hargreaves: Needs to do more. His pressing and tackling wasn't as effective as usual and his passing let him down badly on occasions. Looked a bit lost sometimes... 6
Michael Carrick: His form is improving steadily: his distribution was very good again and made a series of crucial interventions. Often shifted United from defending to attacking, good job. 7
Ji-sung Park: Ineffective. Has a lot of work to do on his form as his pace and technique look inferior than before his injury. 5
Carlos Tevez: Deserves his mark for the brilliant assist to Rooney. He kept going and was a constant thorn in the defence but had a difficult time, struggling with their centre-backs. 7
Wayne Rooney: Man of the match. Always wanted the ball, neat, sensible passing, good runs. The only down is the overall quality of his finishing during the game as he had more than enough chances... yet he did brilliantly with the all-important first goal. 8
Ryan Giggs: As I said, his introduction had brought United to life (along with Fergie's teamtalk I assume). He kept the team ticking with Carrick and used his experience well. Should have scored. 7
Nani: There was a classic Nani moment in the second half when United were 1-0 up: he kept the ball well at a counter, produced a series of tricks to baffle the defenders then pulled it back to no man's land thus allowing Reading to counter... nothing came of it but with all his technical brilliance, Nani can be terribly frustrating. 6
Darren Fletcher: A useful cameo appearance though we almost paid dearly for him losing Harper right at the end... but made up for it with good tackles. 6
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