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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 April, 2003, 21:09 GMT 22:09 UK
Champions League player ratings
Marks out of 10 for the Real Madrid and Manchester United players following their quarter-final second leg.

Manchester United

Fabien Barthez: The French international was at fault for Real Madrid's first goal when he was easily beaten at his near post. Could do little about the other goals.

Wes Brown: Looked very nervous early on and wasted possession too often. Became more comfortable as the game wore on and added to the attack.

Mikael Silvestre: His pace got him out of trouble of times but his positioning was in question for the second goal.

Rio Ferdinand: Was left for dead by Ronaldo for the opening goal and was also nowhere to be seen when the Brazilian slotted home the second.

John O'Shea: Another confident performance from the youngster who did well in defence against Figo and was also one of United's best attacking options.

Juan Sebastian Veron: Had a fine performance on his return from injury. Showed he was not afraid to get stuck in and got forward when he could.

Roy Keane: When United needed their skipper to drive them forward he was nowhere to be seen. Seemed happy to sit back and rarely added anything going forward.

Nicky Butt: Put himself about in midfield and also showed plenty of energy in helping out his forwards, but he was often chasing shadows.

Ryan Giggs: The Welshman was full of running away from the box but he rarely looked like getting among the goals.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Picked ahead of David Beckham the Norweigan set up the first goal for United but also missed several chances.

Ruud van Nistelrooy: Once again he was United's best player. He gave the Real defence plenty of problems and his goal before half-time gave United hope.


David Beckham (replaced Veron): Made his point with a glorious free-kick and a tap-in while also putting in a fine cross that Solskjaer should have finished off.

Phil Neville (replaced Silvestre): Not on long enough to gain a rating.

Quinton Fortune (replaced Keane): Not on long enough to gain a rating.


Sir Alex Ferguson: Many will question his decision to leave out Beckham after the midfielder came off the bench to score two goals and gave United extra impetus.

Real Madrid

Iker Casillas: Never looked completely comfortable in punching away several crosses but also made some great saves to deny Van Nistelrooy in particular.

Michel Salgado: Like Roberto Carlos on the left, Salgado is a key member of the Madrid attack and he was always willing to get forward while looking solid at the back.

Roberto Carlos: As usual the left-back was more of a feature in attack than defence. He set up the second goal and was always keen to rampage down the left.

Fernando Hierro: Looked comfortable in the opening half but a little ragged in the second period as United pressed forward.

Ivan Helguera: Showed great pace to deny Solskjaer early on but he looked susceptible after the break, scored an own goal and was denied a second by Beckham's final touch.

Luis Figo: Started off on the right wing but popped up all over the pitch. Hit the woodwork and showed some lovely touches.

Claude Makelele: Did what he needed to by disrupting United's play, winning balls in midfield and feeding his many attacking outlets.

Steve McManaman: Got plenty of stick for his Liverpool links but kept his head to put in a performance full of running and enthusiasm.

Zinedine Zidane: As usual he was a delight to watch when he was on the ball but United kept him quiet in the second half when he was far from his brilliant best.

Guti: Came in for Raul and did a fine job playing a deeper role than usual. He set up the first and rarely put a foot wrong.

Ronaldo: Showed why Real paid almost 30m for him with a sublime hat-trick. One was a tap in but the other two were blistering strikes.


Santiago Solari (replaced Ronaldo): Had a lot to live up to in coming on for Ronaldo and missed his one chance to shine by firing off target.

Javier Portillo (replaced McManaman): Not on long enough to gain a rating.

Francisco Pavon (replaced Figo): Not on long enough to gain a rating.


Vicente del Bosque: Took a gamble in going all out attack with Guti and McManaman but it paid off. His defence looked shaky throughout but with so much attacking ability he was right to go on the offensive.

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