Player Ratings: Bayer Leverkusen 0-5 United

United, with their makeshift midfield of Phil Jones and Ryan Giggs, secured their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 5-0 victory and a commanding performance in Germany.

David de Gea: Had little to do but made a couple of saves to preserve his clean sheet. 6/10

Chris Smalling: Scored one, tried to claim another, and had a generally good game again at right back. 7/10

Jonny Evans: Another defender to score a goal, a tap in albeit. Made a fine tackle at 0-0 to keep United in it, from which they broke up the pitch to score. Fine performance. 8/10

Rio Ferdinand: Read the game well for the most parts. 7/10

Patrice Evra: United attacked so much, Patrice played as a Winger for the majority. Replaced by Büttner. 6/10

Antonio Valencia: Back to his imperious best. Attacked the makeshift left back time and time again, and was dangerous throughout. Scored to make it 1-0. 8/10

Phil Jones: Protected the back 4 and looks solid in midfield. Good to have him back. 7/10

Ryan Giggs: 40 years old? Never! Giggsy rolled back the years with a fine performance from central midfield. Some fine linkup play with Kagawa and Rooney. 9/10

Nani: Certainly better than his last outing where he was booed off. Scored a lovely goal at the death, rounding the keeper to make it 5-0. 7/10

Shinji Kagawa: Shinji on the left v Shinji through the middle. Today we got an image of what we signed! Great performance by Japanese midfield maestro. 8/10

Wayne Rooney: No goals today, but heavily involved in most of the buildup play and several goals. Threatened throughout. 8/10

Alexander Büttner: Came on for Evra down the left 5/10

Made a fine surging run from midfield but scuffed his shot. 6/10

Ashley Young:
Replaced Valencia down the right but didn’t do a lot. 5/10

United look to keep up the momentum at the weekend with an away trip to play Tottenham, who were heavily beaten at City last week. If RVP is out, Kagawa has to play through the middle, he was so influential tonight and should get more chances in his favoured position.

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27 year old football writer from South Yorkshire. United fan and Season Ticket holder in the Sir Alex Ferguson stand.

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