Ratings: Carrick scored a 20-yard stunner, Vidic and Evra were stars too


Manchester United’s 2008 side, minus a few big names, drew 2-2 with the Michael Carrick All-Stars at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon for Carrick’s testimonial. The United side managed by Sir Alex Ferguson twice came back with Nemanja Vidic equalising after Gaizka Mendieta scored the opening goal and with Carrick equalising after Robbie Keane chipped Edwin van der Sar late in the second half. Missing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, John O’Shea etc, this United team played well, but so did the All-Stars. Carrick may have wanted a win, but a draw was a fair result and send him into his summer holidays in good spirits, aiming to get back to business in the new season. Here are the player ratings from the match at Old Trafford this afternoon.

Starting XI:

Edwin van der Sar: The safe pair of hands were back at Old Trafford. Despite his age, Van der Sar looks like he still plays at the top-level. Calming and assured in his area, doing what he does best. Conceded a goal scored by Gaizka Mendieta in the 22nd minute of the match, which was not something he could have come between in all honesty. Conceded again in the second half, a chipped effort by Robbie Keane, but again he had already committed himself with his effort just before the chip. 3.5/5

Wes Brown: Made his return to Old Trafford his Michael Carrick’s testimonial. Played well in the right-back position during the first half of the match, and for much of the second half. Was replaced by Graeme Carrick half way through the second half, making his return to the Theatre of Dreams memorable. 3/5

Nemanja Vidic: The Serbian put the game on level terms in the 28th minute, scoring a header from a Ryan Giggs corner, showing Wayne Rooney how to score from a header being that the captain missed his opportunity to score minutes before. Vidic played a good first half for United, showing Chris Smalling what is expected from him and considering the Serbian has been retired for 18 months now, Smalling should be embarrassed. 3/5

Rio Ferdinand: The former world record defensive signing made his return back to the Theatre of Dreams a few years after he ended his career as a footballer. Ferdinand was back to his best in the first half, showing his skill and class as a player. United have missed players like him and Vidic, but with Bailly and a capable partner coming in the summer, we could see something similar once again. Ferdinand only played in the first half, resting the second on the sidelines. 3/5

Patrice Evra: The Frenchman loves this game. He loves Old Trafford and Old Trafford loves him. Evra showed the likes of Luke Shaw what is expected. Shaw has not lived up to his own expectations and Evra did that with his 90 minute display for Carrick in his testimonial. Evra set Rooney up for a headed effort, the United captain failing to hit the target. Evra has turned back the years with his performance, showing glimpses of United of old, which was much welcome. 3.5/5

Ji-Sung Park: The South Korean with three lungs was back at Old Trafford this afternoon, doing what he did best, running throughout the match. Park was a great player during his time, not the star and certainly not the worst player at the club, doing what was expected, not actually expecting to be credited with anything. Park was a model professional, as he was during the 90 minutes he played today. 3.5/5

Michael Carrick (C): The man of the moment, after all, this was all for him and his achievements during his amazing career at United. He’s won everything, well apart from the UEFA Super Cup, which will see United go head to head with Real Madrid in August. Carrick played well, doing what he needed to do during the match. Got his name on the score sheet in the final seven minute of the match, scoring from 20-yards to equalise for United, avoiding the defeat. Was replaced five minutes from time by Scholes, the man he effectively replaced at the club. It’s Carrick, you know. Hard to believe it’s not Scholes. 4/5

Paul Scholes: The master of the midfield, back at the Theatre of Dreams. He still cannot tackle, which was something only Scholes could get away with, but boy were his passes still on par. His effort to set up Rooney was great, with the United captain chipping Given, not getting his shot on target. Scholes could still play today, at the top-level for United. Scholes did not come back out with the team at the start of the second half, but played the last five minutes, replacing Carrick himself. 3.5/5

Darren Fletcher: Not missed a league match for West Bromwich Albion since he left United two years ago. Has now signed for Stoke City to prolong his career. Seemed to turn back the time for United in the first half, pushing forward and generally helping United’s midfield advance into the All-Stars final third, pushing to win the game. Inspired by the boss, Sir Alex Ferguson. Played 90 minutes, doing what was expected, without praise or wanting to make a big deal of what he had done. Model professional and one for some of the younger players to look up to, despite him no longer being at the club. 3/5

Ryan Giggs: The Welsh winger made his return to Old Trafford three years after hanging up his boots. Giggs turned back the time, putting in a 90 minute performance on the wing, assisting the first equaliser from the corner with Vidic heading home. Giggs marauded up and down the wing to help inspire United to the victory, but the draw was good enough. Giggs is a player who had mountains of skill and potential, achieving everything he wanted to as a player. As a manager, if he is given the chance, he could prove himself there too and possible return to United at some point – wishful thinking. 3/5

Wayne Rooney: One of the youngest players on the pitch today, one of a few still playing. Not the greatest on the pitch. The likes of Scholes, Giggs and even Evra to a point showed Rooney up. Clarence Seedorf seemed to have more ability than Rooney, who has had a long season, but should be in peak physical condition. Made a big deal of not being awarded a penalty, which was perhaps pathetic, it only being a testimonial match. Came off at the end of the first half, replaced Graeme Carrick 16 minutes from time. 2/5


Gary Neville: Came on at the start of the second half for Ferdinand, had a shot on goal, which seemed to go nowhere and out for a throw-in. Monday Night Football next season will have a pop at that, I am sure Jamie Carragher will bring it up at some point. Seemed to be rising to the occasion using banter to help him succeed. Good to see him play again, though. 2.5/5

Mikael Silvestre: Replaced Vidic at the start of the second half. Put in a good shift in the second half. 2.5/5

Graeme Carrick: Replaced Wes Brown in the 61st minute of the match. Did a job on his brothers testimonial. Was replaced by Rooney in the 74th minute of the match. 2.5/5

Owen Hargreaves: Did not get onto the pitch. Not sure I actually saw him in any of the coverage of the match. 0/5

Dimitar Berbatov: Came on for Scholes at the start of the second half. Could have scored for United, but did not get his shot on target. Played well, despite being out of position. 3/5

Louis Saha: Replaced Rooney at the start of the second half. Had a great chance to equalise at 2-1 down, but put the ball into the Stretford End rather than into the back of the net. 3/5

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