Player Ratings: Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United, How Barca got on

As Barcelona went on to seal their 4th Champions League victory in their history, Manchester United could only sit and watch them do it. So here are the player ratings

Victor Valdes

Well, he did more than Van der Sar, that’s for certain. Charged off the line to make superb and acrobatic punches on two different occasions, both being successful. Much has to be said for his positioning in the build up of Wayne Rooney’s goal though, he was standing way too far to the left of the goalpost. But otherwise a decent performance.

Player Rating: 7

Daniel Alves

Way very quiet in the first half, as Manchester United dominated the game for long spells. But he burst to life in the second half, with bursting runs down the right flank. Almost got the better of the Red Devil’s defence on several occasions. A pretty good day for the Brazilian.

Player Rating: 7

Javier Mascherano

Looked very shaky during the first 10 minutes at Wembley. But he managed to find his rhythm and he justified why he was really in the First XI alongside Pique. Although it has to be said that Barcelona’s dominance meant really that he didn’t have much to do.

Player Rating:7

Gerard Pique

A very solid performance by the former Manchester United man, and as the more senior of the centerbacks, it was important that he did. He kept Manchester United at bay for the first 10 minutes almost single-handedly really.

Player Rating:8

Eric Abidal

The Frenchman needed a few minutes to find his rhythm and after that, he hardly put a foot wrong, with his dribbling getting the better of Hernandez on several occasions and his passing intact. A good return from injury for the left back.

Player Rating 7

Sergio Busquets

Tossed away his reputation as a play-actor by helping Barcelona dominate in midfield.Perhaps redeemed himself after that rather boring performance against Real Madrid where he was flying all over the place.

Player Rating: 8.

Xavi Hernandez

He was certainly surprised but what went on in the opening 10 minutes, however he began to get the rhythm of the game like only he knows how. Amazing vision to pick out Pedro for the opening goal.

Player Rating 8

Andres Iniesta

A rather quiet night for Barcelona’s playmaker as the normally big-game player in Iniesta was the most quiet of the midfield trio, without that much to offer, but when he had the ball, he was still dangerous

Player Rating: 7

Lionel Messi

What can we say? Complete mastery of football, and simply dribbling (several) rounds around the Manchester United defence. Scored his first goal on English soil in over 600 minutes. And he’s marching on to join the likes of Pele and Maradona (if he not already is on par with them)

Player Rating: 9

Pedro Rodriguez

Ice-cool finish to send Van de Sar the wrong way and brilliant movement and link-up play to keep Manchester United busy throughout the course of the match.

Player Rating: 8

David Villa

Prior to his goal, he was fairly anonymous, didn’t see the ball too often, but great running at the defence. His goal was absolutely stunning, the ball roll, the dink, the finish. Now that’s how you score a goal.

Player Rating: 8


Filed under Barcelona, Champions League, Manchester United

2 responses to “Player Ratings: Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United, How Barca got on

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  2. alex

    Messi does NOT deserve a 9. He did nothing more than any other player especially Villa. Overrated

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