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30/04/2012 21:45, Report by Adam Marshall
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Player reviews v City

made a number of top-quality challenges. A foul on Barry was less well timed and he was booked.

Paul Scholes: Classy and crafty as ever in midfield, playing short passes around as though it comes naturally when everyone is moving at 100 miles per hour around him. When he came off, the Reds lost a creative spark but he understandably tired when having to deal with City's energetic midfielders. Showed his fire by squaring up to Toure at one point, even though the Ivorian is virtually twice his size.

Ryan Giggs: Stuck his foot in early on to try and set the tone and made a series of incisive tackles. There was one moment when time appeared to stand still when he allowed the ball to drop onto his foot and then played it forward nonchalantly with everybody expecting a backpass. A corner was touched behind by Joe Hart in one of the City keeper's few interventions and he played a fine ball down the line to Evra.

Nani: A couple of heavy touches early on betrayed some nerves and he was unable to get at Clichy as he has done in the past. A shot was high and wide and he conceded a few free-kicks due to frustration. Switched wings but got little joy out of Zabaleta either and he was replaced. Always asked to conjure up some magic but it was a tough ask on this occasion.

Wayne Rooney: Came in for some rough treatment from the centre-backs, with Kompany booked for one foul, but held the ball up well with little support. Always looking to spin and move forward, he did his job effectively but, surprisingly, was unable to profit from the additional space when Danny Welbeck came on.

Substitutes:

Danny Welbeck (for Park, 58): Energetic and looked a man on a mission until a crude foul by Nigel De Jong lessened his impact.

Antonio Valencia (for Scholes, 78): Another who was unlucky to lose his place in the starting line-up, he spent much of his time on the pitch in his own half, helping to defend and trying to get the ball back off City when they were keeping it in the corner.

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