Manchester United v Liverpool - Player ratings - United comeback to win ICC crown

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England's two biggest rivals met in the final of the International Champions Cup as Manchester United took on Liverpool at the SunLife Stadium in Miami, Florida.

It was a dominant first half performance by Liverpool as their one touch passing made it very difficult for United to get a foothold in the game.

Liverpool took the lead from the spot after Raheem Sterling who looked dangerous all half was taken down by Phil Jones on 12 minutes - Steven Gerrard scored from the spot.

The life that United were lacking in the first half had certainly been pumped into them by the second as their surge was started by their captain.

Wayne Rooney scored their first goal after a great cross to the back post by Javier Hernandez was put past both Martin Skrtel and Simon Mignolet.

They took the lead two minutes later through Juan Mata's excellent strike which deflected off of Mamadou Sakho and wrong footed Mignolet.

There was a final nail in the Liverpool coffin on the 87th minute when substitute Jesse Lingard nailed a great strike past Mignolet to secure the trophy for Manchester United.

Player ratings

David De Gea - De Gea had a good game with not much to do in the second half as United rallied, when he was called upon in the first half he did not falter including a great save from a Phillippe Coutinho shot to keep it at 1-0 - 7/10 

Johnny Evans (Subbed off 45') - Evans was taken off at half time with United trailing to their Merseyside rivals and he wasn't really able to establish himself in the game - 4/10

Chris Smalling - Smalling was the stand out performer in the United defence during the first half after he was defended crucial passes several times, a solid performance by him as they won the cup - 6/10 

Phil Jones - Had a very unimpressive first half and was the man to give the penalty away by bringing Sterling down after just 12 minutes, he had a fairly quiet performance for the rest of the game - 5/10

Antonio Valencia (Subbed off 8') - Valencia limped off with an injury after just eight minutes so it is tough to rate him on that performance alone.

Anders Herrera (Subbed off 78') - Like so many other United players had a poor first half with a few passes going astray but was constantly forced backwards by a continuous Liverpool attack, shaped up in the second half and was involved in the build up for the first goal - 6/10

Darren Fletcher (Subbed off 45') - Another first half player brought off before the second half and not hard to see why as he really struggled to establish himself in the game - 4/10

Ashley Young - A few tame crosses in the first half but was responsible for the very early Hernandez chance and assisted the third goal, as the game went on got better and better, a very energetic performance from the winger who was still running come the final whistle - 7/10

Juan Mata (Subbed off 68') - definitely one of United's two main performers on the night as he was involved in much of the movement by United in the first half - there wasn't much but he was always there, as the game went on his movement and speed was key - 8/10

Wayne Rooney - Wasn't impressive in the first half but really came to life in the second, he tried to do what he could to ignite his team but was struggling until he found the break through on 55 minutes - 7/10 

Javier Hernandez (Subbed off 68) - Many people saw this as his last chance to impress manager Louis Van Gaal and if that is the case then its hard to say that he achieved it, he was the man who put the cross in for Rooney to get their first goal but other than a very poor effort in the early minutes he didn't do much - 5/10

Tyler Blackett (Subbed on 45') - A young star for the future based on tonight's performance, after coming on at half time he brought some defensive stability to the team and looked good going forward - 7/10 

Luke Shaw (Subbed on 8') - Definitely United's best player in the game, Shaw came on after the injury to Valencia and was behind alot of their forward running and was always involved in the positive sides of United's play - 9/10

Jesse Lingard (Subbed on 78') - A very late substitution but provided a great goal very late on and looked good for therest of his performance - 7/10

Thomas Cleverley (Subbed on 45') - Similar to the man he replaced, Cleverley went largely unnoticed in the match but as with much of his career, did his job in the centre of the field - 6/10

Shinji Kagawa (Subbed on 68) - Never really made the impact on the game that we know he can and I'm sure he will try to convince everyone else that he meant to let the ball run to Lingard for the third goal but it may be tough to do so - 5/10 

Luis Nani (Subbed on 68') - On as the replacement for Hernandez with just over 20 minutes left also wasn't really able to put his stamp on the game - 5/10

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