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Player Ratings: United 2-1 Sunderland AET (Sunderland win 2-1 on penalties)

David De Gea – Spectator for much of the night but blundered horrendously for Phil Bardsley’s 118th minute goal. Shootout saves not enough. 6

Rafael – Decent going forward and wasn’t tested defensively, missed the critical penalty. 6

Jonny Evans – Looked solid and opened the scoring with a well-taken header. 7

Chris Smalling – Made a lot of clearing headers and well timed tackles, generally sound defensively. 7

Alexander Buttner – Found out defensively despite glimpses of decent attacking play. Substituted for Evra. 5

Michael Carrick – Kept possession but without being too incisive, went off with injury. 6

Darren Fletcher – Composed and offered energy in midfield, hit the post and scored our only penalty. 7

Shinji Kagawa – Largely anonymous, again afraid to say. Correctly withdrawn, what is his future with Juan Mata arriving? 5

Adnan Januzaj – Our brightest spark yet again. Gave their defenders a torrid time, provided both goals. 8 MOTM

Danny Welbeck – His sliced effort fell to Evans to score, didn’t really carry on his recent form, always provided an outlet regardless. 6

Chicharito – Always a threat with his movement and pace, took the game to penalties with virtually the last kick. But why did he not take a penalty? Even if he had cramp… 7

SUBSTITUTES

Antonio Valencia – Looked dangerous with his pace and strength but his crossing was still AWOL. 6

Patrice Evra – Looked solid enough defensively, but didn’t offer much going forward. 6

Phil Jones – No real time to make an impact, dreadful penalty to cap it off. 5

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