Date: 6th December 2012 at 12:14am
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De Gea: Didn’t have an awful lot to deal with but was forthcoming at set-pieces and did well to block an attempted clearance by Chris Smalling in the first half. He could do nothing about Luis Alberto’s superb strike. 5

Jones: Sir Alex singled Jones out for praise and he did work the right flank tirelessly but his crosses were poor, often blocked by the first man. His defensive performance was not much better as he gave the ball away regularly and was caught out of position on occasion. 4

Smalling: Good general display but failed to convert a header from point-blank range in the first half. He was alert to danger and often covered for Jones. 6

Wootton: Making his first European start, Wootton was shaky at first but grew into the game and made a fantastic goal-saving block from Sougou in the first half. 5

Buttner: As per usual Buttner was better going forward than he was defensively but United failed to utilise his offensive capabilities. 5

Giggs: The flicks and back-heels were out in force but unfortunately for Giggs they often went to the opposition; the story of his night. 4

Cleverley: Similarly lost possession with poor passing and missed a great chance to score after good work by Welbeck. Cleverley may have played his way out of contention for the derby before his eventual calf injury. 3

Powell: Forced wide, Powell was unable to have a real influence on the game and seemed to tire before his substitution. 4

Rooney: Appeared to treat the game as a friendly as he seemed uninterested and his position on the right did him no favours. 4

Welbeck: Worked hard throughout and carried the ball forward with real purpose but with not much support, was unable to create more. 6

Chicharito: Made clever runs and was often in the box but with poor delivery he would also find it difficult to muster a real attempt at goal. 5

Subs: Scholes: Made the glaring error which led to the goal for Cluj but did add more urgency and accuracy to United’s attack. 5
Macheda: Was feeding off scraps and didn’t get a clear chance to find an equaliser. 3
Fletcher: Came on too late (86′) to make much of a difference. 3


One response to “Player Ratings: United vs Cluj”

  1. Tom says:

    Don’t give up the day job , DID U ACTUALLY watch the game …. Jones looked the only player likely to create something