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28/01/2012 16:10, Report by Nick Coppack
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Ratings vs Liverpool

We assess how each United player performed in the FA Cup defeat at Anfield...

David De Gea:

Left exposed for Kuyt's late winner but was somewhat stranded in no-man's land for Liverpool's opener. Made a top save early on but also endured a few nervy moments.

Rafael: Fulfilled his defensive duties superbly, winning a number of tackles and aerial duels. Also set up Ji-sung Park's equaliser with a storming forward run. United's star man.

Chris Smalling: Remained calm throughout, mopped up well and cleared a number of Liverpool crosses into the penalty area. Survived a handball appeal that would have been harsh had it been given.

Jonny Evans: Andy Carroll's no easy man to mark and Evans did well to limit the striker's influence. Jonny often relishes a physical challenge and at Anfield he looked comfortable as he went about his business.

Patrice Evra: Booed all afternoon by the home fans, Evra rose above the abuse but will be disappointed to have been caught too far forward for Kuyt's winner.

Michael Carrick: Deployed further forward than his usual holding role, Carrick tackled well and dictated much of United's passing in the first half. His influence diminished after the break when Liverpool packed the middle of the park.

Paul Scholes
Sat deep and collected the ball from United's defenders before distributing with his usual precision. Kept possession well but tired, understandably, as the game wore on.

Ryan Giggs: Saw plenty of the ball in the early stages and was involved in an intriguing battle with Martin Kelly on the left flank. More influential in the wide role than when he moved into the

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