Player Ratings: West Ham 0-2 Manchester United – Magical Mata and Rooney

Player Ratings: West Ham 0-2 Manchester United – Magical Mata and Rooney

David de Gea 7 – It was pretty much catching practice for De Gea but was solid when called upon and stood up to the physical test.

Rafael 6 – Started off poorly. Picked up an early booking which could be considered harsh that put him under pressure. Improved as the game wore on though and was a decent outlet down the right for United.

Michael Carrick 6 – A relatively trouble free afternoon for Carrick who played in a centre-back position he has struggled in previously. Fared quite well against Andy Carroll and defended with a cool head.

Phil Jones 7 – Has had a decent run at the heart of defence of late and was again solid. Made a couple of decent headed clearances in a composed display.

Alexander Buttner 6 – Perhaps a surprise selection but looked surprisingly sound defensively, although he didn’t affect the game a great deal in the final third.

Ashley Young 6 – Saw plenty of possession down the right but rarely exuded quality in his final ball. First touch also seemed a bit off at times.

Darren Fletcher 7 – A calming influence in the centre and was composed in possession. Dictated the tempo and rhythm of the game. Put himself about relatively well but this was really a walk in the park for the Scotland international.

Marouane Fellaini 8 – Better than he has been of late on the ball and played with a bit of confidence. Got up and down the pitch well and his aerial ability was a real positive in both boxes. Combative display.

Shinji Kagawa 8 – Played mainly off the left with a license to drift inside and he was involved in most of United’s best periods of play. Linked nicely with Mata and Rooney and came close to scoring with a left-footed effort in the first half.

Juan Mata 8 – Much improved from last weekend and excelled as he enjoyed a more central role. Linked expertly with Rooney and Kagawa and was typically majestic in possession. Came close to opening his United account with two well-struck efforts.

Wayne Rooney 8 – His first strike required superb vision and perfect execution while his second typified the work-rate of our stand-in skipper. Squandered a few chances to complete his hat-trick but was generally good.

Substitutes

Danny Welbeck n/a – One or two nice touches in and around the box and threatened to create something with his pace on the break.

Javier Hernandez n/a – Didn’t really have anything in the way of chances in a rare outing.

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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.