Date: 20th April 2008 at 10:52am
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Tomasz Kuszczak: People are slagging him off for no apparent reason. I’m still not convinced he really fouled Santa Cruz early on and made a fine save from Bentley. Faultless at the goal. 6

Wes Brown: Looks like he still hasn’t recovered completely from his mare against Arsenal. Had some trouble with containing Pedersen. 6

Rio Ferdinand: Very, very unlucky at the goal but should have cleared the ball at once. 6

Nemanja Vidic: Great to see him back, the defense overall was much better than in recent weeks. 7

Patrice Evra: Hindered in attack by Giggs’ poor display. Defensively he had all sorts of problems with Santa Cruz’s aerial prowess: that particular tactical decision from Sparky could have reaped huge dividends had Rovers made advantage of it. 7

Cristiano Ronaldo: Poor first half but improved beyond recognition after Nani’s introduction which gave him breathing space. Unlucky not to score and could have been awarded a penalty. 7

Paul Scholes: Mediocre first half, no forward passing. Improved in the second half and he was hugely influential in the last 20 minutes, eventually providing the flick-on for the equaliser. 6

Michael Carrick: Solid, had to do the legwork for Scholes. His usual penetrative passing was lacking this time. 6

Ryan Giggs: Either Nani or Park would have done better. Some nice turns but poor passing, evident lack of pace and even his crosses went astray. Ageing badly it seems, he should be only used as a substitute. 4

Carlos Tevez: Worked and worked and worked, missed two great chances then got rewarded with the equaliser. He’s got an uncanny knack for scoring vital goals in big games (Chelsea, Liverpool, Lyon, Tottenham, Roma, now Blackburn). And I still think he hasn’t displayed all his ability this season, he will get better. 7

Wayne Rooney: His exemplary behaviour against Arsenal gave way to frustration and could have been sent off for an ugly tackle. Missed great chances again. His pass to Tevez early on was class though. 6

Luis Nani: Replaced Giggs at half-time and injected pace and urgency into our attacking play. He is the best at taking corners in the squad and could have even won the game for us in injury time. Man of the match. 8

John O’Shea: Replaced a shaky Brown and did well, could have even scored but for an incredible, unbelievable save from Brad Friedel. 7

Ji-sung Park: Came on only after the equaliser, no impact.