Man Utd 1 Bayern Munich 1: Player ratings as Nemanja Vidic stars

Man Utd 1 Bayern Munich 1: Player ratings as Nemanja Vidic produces a captain's performance

By Daragh Small
Man Utd
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Bayern Munich
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Manchester United

David De Gea Couldn’t have done much about Schweinsteiger’s volleyed equaliser. Before the match, he said that United had nothing to lose against Bayern and so it proved. The 23-year-old Spaniard has been the most consistent of performers this season for the Red Devils. Tonight’s calm display will breathe confidence throughout the side especially to a defence that had been shaky up to this point. 7

Phil Jones He was a leader at the back, frustrating his opponents and getting forward on every available opportunity. The former Blackburn star kept Robben quiet when he switched sides late on which was vital to the final result. Could have done with a change in his footwear after slipping and sliding his way through the first-half, however all was forgiven as he remained a rock in the second 45. 7

Rio Ferdinand Has been an integral part of the self-professed embarrassing defence this season. With over 400 appearances for the Manchester side, it was the first time in five months he has started alongside Vidic and with his contract up at the end of the season, it’s likely he will also be departing. 6

Nemanja Vidic (Man-of-the-match) Looked a man possessed and produced a precisely-headed goal to ruffle Bayern’s feathers. Did everything in his powers to make sure it wasn’t his last European match for United in the Theatre of Dreams. Made an outstanding intervention when Muller was sure to score in the first-half. He is sure to be missed next year when he departs for the San Siro. 8

Alexander Buttner Gave a competent display beyond his years. However, he did get dragged out of position by Robben from time-to-time. With Patrice Evra on his way out and Leighton Baines a target, Buttner needs to use every available opportunity to further his claims as the starting left full-back for next season and tonight will have done him no harm. 7

Antonio Valencia Yellow for a nothing challenge in the early exchanges and very lucky to have not received his marching orders when he collided with Boateng. The Ecuadorian spent more time on the edge of his six-yard box than he would have liked. 6

Marouane Fellaini In the midst of the spitting controversy with Pablo Zabaleta, Fellaini gave yet another substandard performance. The £27.5m spent on him is continuing to look one of the biggest transfer calamities in a long list. 5

Michael Carrick Is in the team to hold on to the ball, but couldn’t. Overused and overrated, the 32-year-old former Spurs man is another set to leave this summer a David Moyes looks to replenish his side’s midfield characteristics. 5

Ryan Giggs 962 appearences into his Manchester United career, Giggs was in the media all week. Confident in their own ability, he declared prior to kick-off, Giggs was the only man still present in the squad that was part of the wonderful triumph against Bayern Munich in Barcelona all them years ago. Taken off with a groin injury at halt-time. This could very well prove to be his final Champions League game in Old Trafford. 6

Danny Welbeck Welbeck was back to his workman like best as his gave his customary busy performance out wide. Hassling and harrying, he found himself one-on-one with Neuer before half-time but the cheeky chip never looked likely to beat the towering German. A disallowed goal in the third minute could have provided the dream start United needed but it wasn’t to be. Lead the line on his own at times. Provided the first shot on goal after the half-hour. Wasn’t as influential in the second-half and came off for Hernandez. 7

Wayne Rooney The 28-year-old former Everton man provided a wonderful ball that nearly sent Welbeck into dream world. It was also his corner which lead to the goal however a dive later on was a blemish. 6

Substitutes

Javier Hernandez The Mexican, who scored a late goal on Saturday, took Welbeck’s place but couldn’t repeat the weekend display. 6

Ashley Young Replaced the injured Buttner in the 73rd minute. Made little impression in what is another disappointing season. 6

Shinji Kagawa Given his chance after half-time and no doubt the Evil Kagawa twitter profile will be a hub of activity tonight. Still hasn’t come out on the wrong side of a result against Bayern. 7

Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer Could have cost Bayern in the eighth minute but recovered well to give a confident display between the sticks. Stood tall and made himself big when Welbeck had the opportunity in the first-half. He didn’t look good with panicked clearances. 6

Philipp Lahm Another creative display from the two-footed sensation. A stalwart at the club, he has an ever impressive CV and the World Cup can’t be too far away. Made a decisive intervention when Rooney sniffed an opening early on. 6

Jerome Boateng The former Manchester City man looked confident and assured dealing with the little ball that came his way. Havign said all that, he was nearly caught out when he slipped and allowed the advancing Welbeck in on goal. 6

Rafinha The regular Bayern right-back this year with Lahm further forward. His lambasting runs made life hell for Buttner, who also had to deal with his own Dutch counter-part. Had a penalty claim when Buttner blocked his shot with his hand. Had all the space in the world to run into but didn’t provide the final ball. 6

David Alaba Wandered off the post when United got their goal from the corner. Very far forward from the off, showing tremendous fitness levels. Dispatched a pinpoint pass which required heroics from Vidic to prevent a certain goal from Mueller. 7

Bastian Schweinsteiger Got a yellow when he gave away a free-kick on the edge of his own box after the goal and sent off in the final minute when Rooney performed some theatrics. Almost a veteran at this stage, the German defensive midfielder was always the first to pressurise as Munich sought to emulate the Barcelona style of game management from past seasons. Also provided an extra line of defence ahead of the two centre-halves. Superb top-corner finish in the 66th minute was no more than his team had deserved. 6

Javi Martinez Playing in his less-esteemed centre-half role in place of the injured Dante and where he may find himself in the World Cup for the Spanish, Martinez was assured throughout. His long passes weren’t convincing, though, and he certainly looks more confident in midfield. One particular ball to Ribery however, did still manage to take the breath away. Got yellow when tripping Hernandez who was through on goal. Misses the second-leg. 6

Arjen Robben Everything coming down his wing early doors and nearly caught De Gea on the hop with a sublime curling effort. Recently signed a new contract with Bayern. Came close in the 70th minute when he turned his man and arrowed his shot just wide. With 13 minutes remaining, he slid the ball just wide of De Gea’s goal when he should have scored. 7

Toni Kroos Was pivotal in midfield playing intricate balls to men in more advanced positions. He resembled a machine shooting tennis balls directly at a target. The fact that he may be surplus to requirements at the end of the season is frightening. Replaced by Gotze. 7

Franck Ribery Part of the gruesome twosome as he and Robben terrorised the United defensive flanks. Jones did well to keep him at bay in the second half. 7

Thomas Mueller Preferred starter up front to Mandzukic. Roams everywhere. Quick, great energy, great running. However, he was marshalled well by the opposition, not as prominent as usual. Was sacrificed just after the hour for Mandzukic as Bayern required a focal point. 6

Substitutes

Mario Mandzukic Gave Bayern a different dimension when he came on replacing Mueller. Provided an assist within five minutes of getting on the pitch. 6

Mario Gotze Surprisingly replaced the fantastic Kroos with 17 minutes left on the clock. 6​

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