Date: 3rd February 2008 at 8:38pm
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Edwin van der Sar: Made a mistake but was desperately unlucky. Had he allowed the ball go past him, Rio could have cleared easily. 6

Wes Brown: Steady at the back but terrible crosses and poor first touch. 6

Rio Ferdinand: Fine. He was his usual reliable self. 7

Nemanja Vidic: Unusually shaky. He was far from his intimidating best, allowed Lennon to cross before the first goal and slipped at a crucial time when Robbie Keane was sent through by Berbatov. 5

Patrice Evra: Thankless task. He dealt with Lennon fairly well, the goal being the obvious exception. Seldom found the time and energy to help the attacks. 6

Cristiano Ronaldo: Stuck in the middle, behind the striker, he still did quite well, trying to inject momentum into United’s football. Deliberate fouls were applied mercilessly against him, and the referee was lenient enough to allow it. 7

Paul Scholes: Not his best game. His passing was fine but his influence was stifled by Giggs’ and Ronaldo’s positioning. Mistake by Fergie, should have been substituted after 45 minutes. 5

Owen Hargreaves: Best player of the first half with a lot of tackles, good passing, full of running. Why he was substituted is beyond me. 7

Ryan Giggs: I must be strict because he was nowhere near sharp enough and countless attacks were thwarted by his slow control and sloppiness. 4

Wayne Rooney: Nowhere to be seen for 70 minutes then moved into the middle and wreaked havoc. Why he was played out of position for the majority of the game is another mystery. 6

Carlos Tevez: Another important goal, another important contribution. Lots of effort, running, ability – he’s rapidly becoming one of my favourite players. 8

Michael Carrick: He did well, replacing Hargreaves but he was not the man for the job in such a high-tempo game. 6

Anderson: This guy, for me, earned the right to be a regular starter. Impressive cameo appearance, he injected pace and self-belief into United. Should have scored. 8

Nani: Good. Caused problems for Chimbonda, his trickery was near to its early-season best and delivered the cross for the equaliser. 7