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25 November 2008 El Madrigal | 22,529

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41Lopez
17Ventayellow card
2Rodriguez
20Fuentesyellow card
5Capdevilared card
19Cazorla
19Sennasub21
6Egurenyellow card
8Piressub14
11Ibagaza
22Rossisub10
Subs:
1Viera
3Edmilson
10Francosub22
12Cygan
14Fernandezsub8
18Lopez
21Brunosub19
Man United
29Kuszczak
22O'Shea
5Ferdinand
6Evans
3Evrayellow card
7Ronaldoyellow card
24Fletchersub28
8Anderson
16Carricksub32
17Nanisub7
10Rooney
Subs:
1Foster
2Rafael
15Vidic
28Gibsonsub24
11Giggs
7Parksub17
32Tevezsub16

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Ratings by ManUtd.com's Ben Hibbs

Tomasz Kuszczak

– The Polish stopper had little to do on a cold night and came away with a clean sheet to his name. He can be pleased with the experience gained.

John O’Shea – Steady defensively and the Irishman did his best to get forward and help the team out in attack as well.

Rio Ferdinand – Calm and controlled, United’s captain was at his exemplary best. Always seems a step ahead of anyone else.

Jonny Evans – Up against his old team-mate Giuseppe Rossi. Coped well with the tricky Italian. Very strong in the air from crosses, corners or long balls forward.

Patrice Evra (booked 36) – Tried to get forward and help Nani or Ronaldo whenever he could. Made several key clearances when Villarreal pressed forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo (booked 53) – Genuine goal threat. Drew a flurry of fouls and regularly tested Villarreal goalkeeper Diego Lopez, who pulled off three saves from the Portuguese, tipping one wonderful shot onto the bar after Rooney’s knock-down.

Michael Carrick – Started well. His involvement dipped just before and after half time, but when he started pulling the strings again United’s performance benefited.

Anderson – Advanced role midfield role saw a different side to his game; trying to be more creative and penetrative than a combative bundle of energy.

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