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30/09/2008 21:56, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Ratings: Aalborg v United

ManUtd.com reviews United’s players’ individual displays in Denmark…

Edwin van der Sar – Had little to do. Even when Aalborg did break forward, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra and Rafael saw off the danger.

Rafael – Always positive. Loves making forward runs and he’s a feisty tackler, too. It earned him a first-half booking, which he’ll have to watch, but otherwise very impressive. The Brazilian Gary Neville?

Rio Ferdinand – Effortless display from Rio. Great tackle in the first half from United’s skipper to deny an Aalborg chance. Didn’t put a foot wrong all night.

Nemanja Vidic – Solid, but was rarely threatened by Aalborg’s blunt attacks.

Patrice Evra – Gave United a real attacking edge down the left flank. Didn’t have a great deal to do defensively, so concentrated on his marauding forward runs.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Not his most eventful game but it’s another 90 minutes on the road to full match sharpness. Set up Berbatov’s second goal and was always a threat.

John O’Shea – It says a lot that the Irishman was rarely under pressure in the centre of midfield. Kept it simple but performed his duties admirably.

Paul Scholes – Didn’t have time to impress before going off injured on 15 minutes.

Nani – Always wanted the ball and forced Aalborg back with his pace and penetrating runs.

Wayne Rooney – Excellent finish for his goal and seems to enjoy dropping deep off Berbatov. Pivotal in everything United did, looks as if he’s approaching top form. Hopefully his injury isn’t serious.

Dimitar Berbatov – Should have scored after six minutes, but didn’t let it affect him. Scored twice in the second half and began to turn on the style. Some really classy

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