Date: 4th March 2008 at 11:57pm
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Edwin van der Sar: One good save but otherwise had little to do as Lyon’s long shots were nowhere near the goal. 6

Wes Brown: I thought it was his best performance of the season. Played a great part in the goal and was faultless at the back, making crucial interceptions and tackles. 8

Rio Ferdinand: Did his job without fuss, dealt with Lyon’s threat comfortably. 7

Nemanja Vidic: Did well to nullify Karim Benzema without resorting to underhand methods. Reliable and solid as ever. 7

Patrice Evra: Unspectacular but defensive solid. Lyon rarely tested him as they seemed to identify Brown as the weakest link – but he did his job when it was needed. 7

Darren Fletcher: Full of running, made countless tackles and passed the ball well, unlike some of his teammates. At the age of 24, he’s finally become a major player for us and it is good news. Owen Hargreaves has a battle on his hands for his position. 8

Michael Carrick: Started brilliantly, picking magnificent passes in the first 30 minutes. Then he faded for some reason, became quite anonymous for the second half though made some important interceptions and tackles. 6

Cristiano Ronaldo: Strange. In the first half, he was very good, causing all sorts of problems for Lyon with his pace and technique. He crowned that first-half display with a somewhat fortuitous but well-taken goal. In the second 45 minutes, he disappeared, his first touch became dreadful and his passing let him down. Strange, I said? Inexplicable more like. 7

Anderson: Battled bravely and had some good runs but bypassed in the second half. Has lots to learn about European competition but after a smoothless adaptation to the Premiership I do not have any doubts about him. 6

Luis Nani: Full of pace and tricks in the first half, faded in the second. Was not efficient enough. 6

Wayne Rooney: Difficult to assess. He was isolated for most of the game, not getting enough support from his team-mates and controlled by exceptionally disciplined and aware defenders. After Tevez came in, he began to find and enjoy space, started to beat defenders easily and should have scored twice. 6.5

Carlos Tevez: Came in for Anderson and kept the ball well, something we had had difficulties with up to that point. Combined well with Rooney to finally give us some much-needed attacking threat. 7

Owen Hargreaves: No impact as a late substitute. 5