Published on November 18th, 2012 | by Shaun Thompson1
Player ratings vs Norwich City
Anders Lindegaard – 5
Came in for an ‘injured’ David De Gea, and looked as though he’d been away for quite a while. Some very poor efforts of punches and he struggled with his distribution throughout the match. No chance with the goal.
Rafael da Silva – 5
Did well offensively, but his and Antonio Valencia’s partnership looked very lackluster and they struggled to get into the match in any offensive form. He was slow to close down the cross for Norwich’s eventual winning goal.
Chris Smalling – 6
Not looked great since his return, but dealt with Grant Holt reasonably well. I’m sure he’ll improve the more matches he plays too.
Rio Ferdinand – 6
Didn’t do too great, although didn’t have too much to do. Gave away a couple of sloppy freekicks, but like I said, was relatively untroubled.
Patrice Evra – 5
Never really got into the match in an offensive manner, struggled to link-up with Ashley Young and eventually Ryan Giggs. Again, like Rio, he gave away a few sloppy freekicks.
Antonio Valencia – 4
Handed the Number 7 shirt in the summer and has looked excellent in very small chunks of the season so far. His crossing has been off, his confidence looks stumped and he looks more terrified of running at the fullback, rather than the other way around.
Michael Carrick – 6
Won a few crucial tackles in the match, I thought he did well when he pushed up. But when he did, and an attack broke down, it meant the pockets behind our midfield were exposed by Norwich’s attacking midfielders.
Ryan Giggs – 5
His passing wasn’t particularly great in terms of the whole match. But he did create some decent opportunities, which were spurned by United.
Ashley Young – 5
Like the wideman on the right, Ashley Young didn’t really look to beat his man too many times. Got smuggled out on a few occasions, although did improve every so slightly in the second half, when he went to the right.
Javier Hernandez – 6
The Mexican is in wonderful form, but wasn’t presented with any real chance throughout the match. The dire lack of creativity cost United dear. He did have the Norwich defence scrambling as times, but there wasn’t really any support for him.
Robin van Persie – 6
A surprisingly poor game for United’s top goalscorer this season, he dropped deep throughout as the midfield and widemen struggled to create anything. It meant that Hernandez was then left up front alone, and they both struggled. He mistimed a few decent chances too.
Paul Scholes – 6
Came on, and dictated the midfield in a more pressing manner. Just a shame that nobody else was willing to drive on alongside him as he dictated play from deep.
Danny Welbeck – 5
When you need a goal, you bring on a striker? Correct. Although Hernandez was replaced and when Danny had a couple of headed chances, they were unfortunately very tame and easily claimed by John Ruddy.
Anderson – 6
The Brazilian came on 80 minutes too late. Had one very good effort very late on, which was eventually saved by Ruddy at the second attempt. He completed 4 passes once he was introduced, all 4 were forward. Drive was missing, he would’ve provided it.
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