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25/10/2011 22:00, Report by Adam Marshall
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Ratings v Aldershot

United cruised to a 3-0 win at Aldershot in the Carling Cup fourth round - here's our assessment of the players' performances:

Ben Amos: Safe handling from the keeper who always looked in control. He reacted calmly to a slightly under-hit backpass by Phil Jones and dived to make his best stop very late on to deny Luke Guttridge.

Fabio: Always available and always bright and positive, he never fails to make an impact. Relished getting forward to supply crosses and was unlucky when his shot deflected off target from a Michael Owen pass. Picked up his customary knock but was okay to continue and switched flanks when Michael Keane came on.

Phil Jones: An early stray pass didn't affect his concentration as he was virtually flawless afterwards. Aggressive in the air and solid in the tackle, he enjoys playing in the middle and it showed.

Nemanja Vidic: Collected an early booking for a crude foul on Alex Rodman but the skipper grew into the game and looked to get United going with long, accurate balls forward. A firm tackle on Jermaine McGlashan showed he's back to full fitness and the end of the match was more to his liking as he was forced to defend valiantly.

Ezekiel Fryers: Handled the first test of pace from McGlashan and, although he was caught under the ball once when the winger managed to get in a shot, he dealt with the Shots' danger man well. Comfortable at left-back and in the middle, as he proved at Leeds, he can now be considered a reliable back-up option.

Antonio Valencia: Smashed a beautiful strike past Ross Worner for the third goal which was a highlight of his display. Got down the wing to good effect, in classic fashion at times, and defended impressively on occasions. Should have added a fourth

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