FOOTBALL NEWS

29/08/2008 23:20, Report by Nick Coppack
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Ratings: Super Cup

Edwin van der Sar

Could do little with either goal but did brilliantly to keep scores level in the first half when he saved from close range. Also beat out a strong effort from distance after the break.

Gary Neville
It was great to see Gary back on the park in Monaco. He gave away the corner that led to Zenit’s opener but was keen to get forward and provide early crosses. An important 76 minutes on the road to full fitness.

Rio Ferdinand
But for the second Zenit goal in which Danny outfoxed Ferdinand, the England defender looked comfortable at the heart of the Reds’ defence. A last-ditch tackle on 34 minutes denied the dangerous Pogrebnyak.

Nemanja Vidic
Another brave performance from the big centre back, which he capped with United’s only goal. It was his first since finding the net against Everton in September 2007 and the first time he’s not scored with his head.

Patrice Evra
Pegged back by the impressive Anyukov, Patrice didn’t get forward as much as we’ve come to expect. Out-jumped by Denisov at the near post for the first goal, but

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Star man: Carlos Tevez

United's no.32 was characteristically dogged and determined against a skilful Zenit St Petersburg side. He also created a number of openings and was unlucky not to find the net himself.

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