Player Ratings: Manchester United 4-1 Villa – Mata magic and Shinji show

Player Ratings: Manchester United 4-1 Villa – Mata magic and Shinji show

David de Gea 6 – Might have got a stronger hand to Westwood’s curling opener but didn’t have much else to do. Kicking was a little hit and miss at times. Will expect a busier evening on Tuesday.

Rafael 5 – Tough opening 15 minutes where he gave away a few silly fouls and was booked. Improved as the half wore on and managed to support Young reasonably well. Replaced at the interval after an injury.

Phil Jones 6 – Solid afternoon for the youngster. Mopped up pretty well, although at times his decision-making was a little suspect. Switched to full-back for the second period.

Nemanja Vidic 6 – Struggled with Benteke initially but had the measure of the powerful Belgian by full-time. Relished the tussle with his opposite number and did well in the air.

Alexander Buttner 7 – Relatively solid defensively, although he might have done more to stop crosses from his side on occasion. Certainly exuded energy and his involvement grew as the game wore on. Faces a huge test if selected against Bayern.

Darren Fletcher 7 – Understated but very tidy in the middle. Moved the ball around confidently and played a few delightful passes forward. Made a few nice interceptions too.

Marouane Fellaini 7 – Much improved after a horror show in midweek. A little safe in possession but pushed forward well in the second half and had a key role in the third and fourth United goals. However, he’ll be judged by his performances against a team like Manchester City rather than Aston Villa.

Ashley Young 6 – A decent outlet on the right and his presence ensured United weren’t too narrow shape wise. Crossing and end product were a little hit and miss.

Juan Mata 8 – Deployed in his favoured central role and was involved in everything good the Reds did. Linked well with Kagawa and Rooney, won a penalty and scored his first United goal on his best outing so far.

Shinji Kagawa 7 – Lovely cross for Rooney’s first goal and a slide-rule pass sent Mata away in the build-up to United’s second. A more central figure than usual and linked nicely with those around him in the final third. The former Dortmund star could and should start against Bayern.

Wayne Rooney 8 – Seemed sharp from the outset, getting in-behind the Villa back four frequently. His header was pinpoint and his penalty wasn’t too shabby either.

Substitutes

Michael Carrick 6 – Replaced Rafael at half time. Didn’t have a great deal to do at centre back aside from one pivotal clearance vs Benteke. However, caught sleeping by the big Belgian on a couple of occasions.

Adnan Januzaj 7 – Looked a real threat throughout his cameo and one mazy run was reminiscent of a young Ryan Giggs on the left hand side. Wonderful dribble and cross for Chicharito’s late goal.

Javier Hernandez 7 – Linked play well and got on the end of a wonderful Januzaj cross to tap home United’s fourth. Celebration was a little bizarre.

David Moyes 7 – Game could have potentially been overshadowed by planes and protests but Moyes emerged from the tunnel confidently, almost a minute before his players. Team selection was smart and applause towards the Stretford End at final whistle was a nice touch.

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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.