United travelled to Spain, knowing that a victory would take them within touching distance of the knockout stages of the Champions League. Instead, they jet back to Manchester after a dull, drab and disappointing 0-0 draw with the 4th seeds, Real Sociedad.
David de Gea: Didn’t have much to do and collected most things with ease. 6/10
Chris Smalling: Played well at right back but when he got forward, he wasted virtually every attack with his poor crossing and distribution. Rafael was missed and I would have preferred Fabio given an opportunity. 6/10
Rio Ferdinand: Did well alongside Vidic. 6/10
Nemanja Vidic: Good game from Nemanja, made an excellent first half challenge in the box. 7/10
Patrice Evra: Did well at the back and got forward, his crossing couldn’t quite find the forward players at times though. 7/10
Antonio Valencia: Bombed forward but not his finest 90 minutes. 6/10
Marouane Fellaini: Was having his best game in a United shirt (which wasnt particularly tough) but was sent off in the 90th minute for a second bookable offence after countless clumsy challenges. 6/10
Ryan Giggs: 950 games not out for the Welshman – and it was a fairly good game for Giggs, although he could have linked up better with the front men. 6/10
Shinji Kagawa: Started wide but came central after Rooney was replaced. Positive and good performance by Shinji. 7/10
Wayne Rooney: Wayne’s quietest display in a while. Couldnt quite link up and grab the game by the scruff of the neck. Replaced on the hour. 6/10
Javier Hernandez: Missed a glaring opportunity in the 2nd half. Blazed over from 6 yards and you would have bet your mortgage on Chicharito of all people to tuck it away. Did little else and was replaced. 6/10
Robin van Persie: Could and should have won the game. Hit the post with his first touch, then smashed a penalty against the same post. However, he was Uniteds biggest attacking threat. 7/10
Ashley Young: Replaced Rooney, made an instant impact, won a penalty by once again going down extremely cheaply. Harsh on Sociedad and RVP missed it. Did little else with the ball when given the chances down the left 5/10
Phil Jones: Came on to shore up Midfield with 2 minutes to go following the Red Card. No time to mark
Onwards for United. 8 points in the Champions League with 2 left to play. All to play for but in our hands, and Moyes is still unbeaten in Europe for United. Next up, league leaders Arsenal at Old Trafford. Let’s hope RVP atones for that penalty miss with the winner.