Player Ratings: Besiktas 0-1 Manchester United


Arikan - 6 - Shaky with the ball at his feet but dealt with everything in the air. Not to blame for the goal.

Kas - 6 - Handled Nani well, kept his eye on the ball and the Portuguese in front of him.

Sivok - 6 - Clattered Rooney at the start for a booking. Little to do at the back, but provided a physical presence when he came up for corners.

Ferrari - 6 - Quieter evening than he would have expected. Wasn't pushed during the game and kept Rooney quiet.

Uzulmez - 5 - Failed to clamp down on Valencia and let the Ecuadorian through too many times for comfort. Failed to deal with his pace and on another day he would have paid a dearer price.

Dag - 6 - Sat in front of the defence and rarely moved from that position. Alongside Ernst, was solid but not spectacular.

Ernst - 6 - Much more defending than attacking for the German dynamo. Did nothing wrong, but should have asserted himself on proceedings to a greater degree.

Rodrigo Tabata - 6 - The highlight of an average home debut was when he didn't take advantage of Vidic's poor clearance which resulted in a chance.

Ozkan - 6 - Tried, but lacked the ability to dent the United rearguard. Was slightly unlucky to be hooked for Yusuf.

Holosko - 7 - Floated between midfield and attack, and caused a few problems for the United defence. Looked comfortable amongst this company.

Nobre - 6 - Forced to feed off scraps and took his frustration out on Evans for a booking.


Nihat - n/a

Tello - n/a

Yusuf Simsek - 6 - Decent introduction, but failed to offer a different threat to what had been on before.


Foster - 6 - Well shielded by his defence, had one nervy moment when Ozkan's shot looped off Evans.

Neville - 6 - One of the easiest games of a long career, the slower pace of European football suits the old warhorse.

J. Evans - 6 - Good experience for the young defender, playing in such a electrifying cauldron. Handled the hostile environment well and is a solid replacement for Rio Ferdinand.

Vidic - 5 - Shaky at times, the Serb didn't seem at the races and wasn't his useful bombastic self.

Evra - 6 - Bombed up and down his flank in trademark fashion to little effect.

Carrick - 6 - Visibly lacking confidence, he did himself few favours for the future with a quiet performance which ended just past the hour mark.

Scholes - 7 - Still oozes class from deep. He wound back the years with a well timed run into the box for the goal.

Anderson - 7 - Dominated central midfield and sprayed several long distance passes around the pitch. He's regaining his spot at the front of the queue when Sir Alex Ferguson picks his starting side.

Valencia - 7 - Is growing into the United shirt. Ran his opposing full-back ragged, constantly charging past him. Only down side was the lack of a regular final ball.

Nani - 7 - Bag of tricks as per usual. Constantly pecked away at his opposite number and his shot set up Scholes for the goal.

Rooney - 6 - Toiled and tussled up top, but lacked the support and service to steal the headlines once again.


Owen - 6 - A willing runner but four and a half years out of the Champions League picture told as he wasn't sharp enough. Unlucky to be flagged for offside.

Berbatov - 6 - A welcome introduction to the fray. The extra body was evident as more numbers in the box equalled a goal.

Park - n/a

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