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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 February 2006, 17:21 GMT
Carling Cup final ratings
Marks out of 10 for Manchester United and Wigan players from the Carling Cup final at the Millennium Stadium.

Manchester United:

Edwin Van der Sar - 6: Excellent recovery stop to prevent Roberts tapping home from on the line with the score at 2-0 and made a fine block to deny Camara at 1-0.

Gary Neville - 6: Fantastic early cross which was nearly converted by Rooney and made an energy-sapping overlap to tee up Saha's goal. But was twice caught out in the first half - two slip-ups that could have easily led to goals.

Wes Brown - 7: Had a busy afternoon and did an admirable job coping with the muscular presence of Roberts.

Rio Ferdinand - 5: Not at his commanding best. He was never entirely comfortable with the Camara/Roberts combination. Was easily beaten by Camara who could have levelled the scores at 1-1.

Mikael Silvestre - 6: Teale caused him problems early on but the Frenchman recovered to give a solid if unspectacular display.

Cristiano Ronaldo - 7: The usual array of fantastic tricks and flicks and was a constant threat but did not always produce a final ball. Fluffed an early chance but showed real composure for his goal. Found time for some show-boating at 4-0 up.

John O'Shea - 6: Had to do plenty of running and defensive work in an otherwise attacking midfield line-up. Allowed United's creative players to play.

Ryan Giggs - 7: Failed to impose himself in central midfield before half-time but got stuck in and his class began to show after the break. Fabulous run and pass in the build-up to the second goal.

Park Ji-Sung - 5: Struggled to make an impact. Covered a lot of ground, was neat and tidy but failed to catch the eye.

Wayne Rooney - 9: STAR MAN Sensational, a typical hustle-and-bustle display. Scored a quality first goal, added a well-taken second, hit the bar with a great header, tackled back and looked like scoring every time he got on the ball.

Louis Saha - 6: Quiet in comparison to Rooney but got the cup final goal he craved and linked the play up well.


Sir Alex Ferguson - 8: Prepared to drop top-scorer Van Nistelrooy and Saha's goal proved him right. Played Giggs in central midfield and once his team went ahead the result was never in doubt.


Kieran Richardson (replaced Ronaldo, 73 mins) - 6: Made the most of his 20 minutes but the game was over by the time he came on.

Patrice Evra (replaced Silvestre, 83 mins) - 6: Had no time to make an impact.

Nemanja Vidic (replaced Brown, 83 mins) - 6: Had no time to make an impact.


Mike Pollitt - 6: A disastrous day. Tweaked a hamstring in the opening seconds and forced to hobble off after only 14 minutes.

Pascal Chimbonda - 5: Made some timely interceptions and kept Park quiet but was unable to reproduce the rampaging attacking runs of previous rounds.

Arjan De Zeeuw - 6: At fault for the first goal when he clattered into Chimbonda but won some crucial tackles and made a host of blocks.

Stephane Henchoz - 5: Terrible blunder led to United's killer third goal and was substituted soon after. Failed to come to terms with Rooney all afternoon - but no disgrace in that.

Leighton Baines - 5: Struggled to deal with Ronaldo as United poured forward. Desperate to get involved in an attacking sense and made one or two good breaks.

Gary Teale - 6: Tracked back well and a superb early cross almost led to a goal but otherwise kept quiet by United's workmanlike left flank.

Graham Kavanagh - 5: Was overrun in a disastrous 15-minute spell after half-time when Wigan's world caved in. Before then had done a decent job in protecting the back four.

Paul Scharner - 5: Another who was exposed as Wigan went all out to get back in the game after half-time. Gave everything but was not enough.

Jimmy Bullard - 6: Never stopped running and had a couple of decent strikes on goal. The pick of a shell-shocked Wigan midfield.

Henri Camara - 7: Sublime piece of skill almost led to the equaliser when he skipped past Ferdinand but blasted his shot straight at Van der Sar. Linked well with Roberts and posed United problems in defence.

Jason Roberts - 7: Showed typical strength and some neat touches. Was Wigan's best player and was a tribute to him that despite being on top, United never looked happy in defence.


Paul Jewell -6: Bravely opted for an attacking approach and ensured it was open and entertaining final. Went for it after the break and had Camara scored at 1-0, his bold tactics may well have been vindicated.


John Filan (replaced Pollitt, 14 mins) - 6: Made a couple of good saves and could do nothing with any of the goals.

Lee McCulloch (replaced Henchoz, 62 mins) - 5: Lucky not to give away a penalty for a clumsy challenge on Neville but it was a tough ask to make an impact with the game already settled.

Reto Ziegler (replaced Kavanagh, 72 mins): No time to make an impact.

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