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28/05/2011 20:56, Report by Ben Ashby
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Wembley player ratings

How did each player fare in the Champions League final at Wembley? Here's our assessment...

Edwin van der Sar
Made several good saves, the pick of them a fine block from an Alves drive in the second period. Left exposed for the first goal and helpless for the third, but a keeper of his class might be disappointed not to have got something on the second, not least as this was his farewell match in professional football.

Fabio
Had a difficult time up against Pedro, whose elusive movement coming in off the flank caught the youngster out at times. Brave goal-line clearance in the second period which cost him a knock. Came off for Nani as United chased the game.

Nemanja Vidic
Tackled superbly all game, especially in stopping Messi in the box on 22 minutes. Found himself scrambling back in vain for the first goal, but was one of United’s best performers on the night.

Rio Ferdinand
Took responsibility for marshalling the defence in the face of the Barcelona barrage. Early tackles on Villa and Pedro were typical Rio.

Patrice Evra
Had his hands full in his own half so couldn’t bomb forward as often as he usually does. Made a vital headed block on a Messi shot but was beaten for the third goal.

Antonio Valencia
Forced to do a lot of defensive work, which he carried out diligently. Only once got himself one-on-one with Abidal in an unusually subdued performance.

Ryan Giggs
Harrassed and harried in the engine room as he and Carrick looked to screen the defence and deny Barca time on the ball. Comfortable on the ball and passed accurately, as well as showing some nice touches. Assisted Rooney’s goal with a neat pass.

Michael Carrick
A fine performance in the midfield, playing with discipline, staying goalside of the ball as much as possible and tidying up. Also involved in Rooney's goal with a fine one-two. Comes away with credit.

Ji-sung Park
Worked tirelessly – that was a given and put in plenty of tackles as he helped Evra with the threat of Alves down the right. Ran his heart out for the cause but scarcely had a chance to register one of his big-game goals.

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