Player Ratings: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United – Rooney magic and Fellaini fire

Player Ratings: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United – Rooney magic and Fellaini fire

David de Gea 7 – Made a number of quality saves throughout the contest, the best of which being a full stretch stop to deny a low Cameron Jerome drive. Solid in his distribution and catching too.

Chris Smalling 5 – Was at times awkward at right back and doesn’t offer the same outlet Rafael does when going forward. Contributed little to United’s attacks but fared OK when defending.

Rio Ferdinand 6 – Comfortable on what may be one of his final outings alongside Vidic at centre-half. Untested defensively and brought the ball out from the back well.

Nemanja Vidic 6 – Started off a little sluggishly but improved as Palace defended deep. Solid in the air but might have scored with a close range header. Booked.

Patrice Evra 6 – Attacked with vigour in the second half and was involved in the build-up to both goals but appeared to have a mistake in him. Was again getting caught out of position on occasion.

Juan Mata 6 – Appears wasted out wide but looked effective when he was able to drift in side. Had a hand in both of United’s goals and his influence grew as the game progressed. Looked decisive in the centre.

Michael Carrick 6 – Kept things ticking over in the middle in a solid if unspectacular display. Was neat and tidy in possession and was able to recover the ball back relatively well. Forward passes set United on the front foot.

Maroaune Fellaini 7 – Should have notched his first United goal in the first half but aside from a poor effort from 12 yards, the Belgian was effective on his injury return and looked a goal threat and moving the ball around.

Adnan Januzaj 6 – Not at his best but created two decent chances in the second half and had the beating of his opposite number Joel Ward.

Wayne Rooney 8 – United’s £300,000 a week man proved his undeniable quality with a fine finish to take the game beyond. Although, he still appears a little rusty.

Robin van Persie 6 – Was isolated for large parts and his body language didn’t seem right in a frustrating first half. Notched the opener from the spot, his 4th in five games, and came a whisker away from doubling his tally after a perfect Januzaj pass.

Substitutes

Ryan Giggs 5 – Replaced Januzaj and seemed eager to notch his first goal of the season but wasn’t able to. Should start in Greece against Olympiakos.

Antonio Valencia 5 – Came on for van Persie and struggled to influence play in his ten minutes on the pitch. Another who may feature on Tuesday night.

Darren Fletcher n/a- A late change as Moyes tried to see out a comfortable victory for the Reds.

Image: Instagram/Robin van Persie

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Tom is a lifelong red who regularly goes to Manchester United games and is a fan of everything at the club, right down to the Under 18s and below.