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TEAMtalk rates the players' performances as Manchester United earned a 1-1 Champions League draw with Real Madrid in the Bernabeu.

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Diego Lopez: Stand-in for injured Iker Casillas and looked nervous. Lucky to get away with ill-advised challenge for cross Welbeck almost nicked past him. Good saves in the end. 7

Alvaro Arbeloa: Just as Rafael found it hard down United's right, so the former Liverpool man suffered the same experience for Real. 6

Sergio Ramos: Reaction got Van Persie booked and kept the Dutchman in check throughout. Poor for goal, though. 7

Raphael Varane: More of a ball-playing centre-half than a stopper and lucky to get away with collision on Evra. 7

Fabio Coentrao: Was unlucky to see his early shot come back off post and denied by De Gea in second-half. 8

Xabi Alonso (off 82): The starting point for most Real attacks. Superb long ball created chance for Ozil. 8

Sami Khedira: Does the ugly things well and started to advance late on. 7

Angel Di Maria (off 74): Danger from distance, which United did well to keep him to. 7

Mesut Ozil: Impressive support act to Ronaldo and nearly scored too. 7

Cristiano Ronaldo: If Real were going to score, no surprise he did the damage. Powerful header. Had other chances. 8

Substitutes

Karim Benzema (off 60): Used mainly as an attacking foil. Not his night. 6

Gonzalo Higuain (on 60): Did not really test the United defence. 6

Luca Modric (on 74): Cajoled but could not inject life into Real attack. 6

Pepe (on 82): Holding job for Portugal defender. 6

Manchester United

David De Gea: Brilliant save to make sure United did not fall behind and others to deny Ozil, Coentrao and Khedira. 9

Rafael: Rash lunge in on Ronaldo almost proved costly and had a torrid night. Booked for foul on Ozil. 5

Jonny Evans: Selected ahead of Nemanja Vidic and did not let anyone down even if it was tough at times. 7

Rio Ferdinand: Experience vital given the brilliance of Real's attacking play. 7

Patrice Evra: Mismatch against Ronaldo in the air. Better on counter and might have got Varane sent off. 7

Michael Carrick: Excellent block as Ozil threatened to go through. A lot of last-ditch tackles and not same passing fluency as normal. 7

Phil Jones: Nothing pretty about the job he was asked to do but stuck at it. 7

Danny Welbeck (off 74): Brave call by Sir Alex Ferguson to stick him in but repaid with first-half header. Outstanding performance ended by cramp. 8

Wayne Rooney (off 84): Selfless performance on a night when there were no headlines to be gained. 7

Shinji Kagawa (off 64): Tried to get on the ball but not easy with United under so much pressure. 6

Robin van Persie: Needless early booking, hit post, then mis-hit volley he looked like gobbling up. Denied near end. 7

Substitutes

Ryan Giggs (on 64): Spurned a shooting chance but brought composure to United midfield. 7

Antonio Valencia (on 74): Booked but did a decent job anyway. 6

Anderson (on 84): Not enough time to make an impact. 6

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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