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Manchester United player ratings v Shakhtar Donetsk

Vidic controlled the defence (©GettyImages)
Vidic controlled the defence (©GettyImages).

Manchester United drew on Wednesday evening against a silky Shakhtar Donetsk side who gave as good as they got.

Here's how the United players rated:

David de Gea : 7/10

Played confidently and made some good saves when called upon, especially when a shot deflected upward off Chris Smalling. The goal conceded was next to untouchable for De Gea.

Rafael: 7/10

Played well and made some direct runs through Donetsk's lines. Linked well with Robin van Persie and at times could have been mistaken for United's most adventurous winger at times when United were looking very passive.

Smalling: 6/10

Played well as deputy centre back to Vidic, with not too much to do despite Shakhtar's possession in the second half. A few mishaps yet they were borne out of inexperience and lack of regular playing time.

Vidic: 8/10

A true captain's display, keeping the United defensive lines secure and calm at times of pressure endured by United. A rebound leading to the goal was a footballing incident as opposed to an incident to blame someone for.

Evra: 6/10

Played well at times on the flank yet also went AWOL at others. Evra needs some consistent game time in order to get back to his physical best at his age. A committed display as ever from Evra.

Carrick: 7/10

Showed class and was the epitome of calmness, lying deep in the midfield. The reason United were able to build good pressure early on; Carrick was easy to pass to for other players, always available and always comfortable on the ball.

Fellaini: 5/10

Put the ball in the box which made it past a stumbling defending Shakhtar player for Welbeck to place in the net for the goal. Unfortunately little else was noticeable from Fellaini's display and he seemed timid and sluggish throughout. Fellaini will need more time to settle into a United routine.

Cleverley: 5/10

Cleverly committed a few good passes and defensive runs yet looked like he could have been better utilised. A passive display.

Valencia: 6/10

Good, constant work on the flank yet got little attention during times of Shakhtar possession.

Van Persie: 6/10

RvP wasn't up to much this evening, he had little support and at times it seemed like Rafael was the second striker. Perhaps Hernandez would have been more suited to the scraps role.

Welbeck: 7/10

A very committed display, always fighting for the ball when he had the chance and tracking back. A goal was what Welbeck deserved for his performance last night.

Subs:

Giggs: 5/10

Came on for struggling Fellaini. Instilled some calm yet could only affect the game to a certain extent in the time he was given.

Jones: N/A

Came on in the dying seconds, touched the ball instantly via a header yet the whistle went seconds after.

Not used: Lindegaard,  Nani, Young, Kagawa, Hernandez.

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