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Player Ratings: West Ham 2-2 Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

David De Gea: 7  De Gea dealt with some physical challenges in his own six yard box, significantly on one occasion with Carroll, but kept his composure for the most part. Showed his increasing confidence with aerial balls by getting a strong fist to a cross destined for an opponent’s head, taking a clattering from Carroll in the process. He could do little to stop either goal and didn’t really have any saves to make other then them.

Rafael: 6 Not the best of games from the young right-back. Struggled to deal with preventing a number of crosses by Jarvis into the United box. Also going forward, he didn’t offer much and failed to keep possession of the ball at times.

Nemanja Vidic: 8 A tough night for the United skipper but a type he thrives off. His aerial battle with Andy Carroll was a hard-fought one that neither could really claim victory.

Rio Ferdinand: 6 With Vidic focussed on the aerial threat of Carroll, Rio had less to do. However, he looked uncomfortable at times and was arguably at fault for the opening goal of the game. With all the experience he has, he really shouldn’t have been fooled with Jarvis’ trickery so much. On the other hand, he must be praised for some fine passes he played out from the back. Great distribution from the centre-back.

Patrice Evra: 6 Not a great game for the Frenchman. Like his fellow full-back Rafael, he struggled to contain his man especially in the second half. He tried to be a positive influence in attack but just lacked the final pass at the crucial time.

Phil Jones: 6 Fairly anonymous. For me, the match seemed like a perfect opportunity to cement a place in the team for the remaining games, with Anderson and Cleverley out of favour and Scholes returning from injury.

Michael Carrick: 7 With the Hammers lumping the ball up as much as they did, not a lot of the game was played in the middle of the park. This made him rather redundant in my opinion. His passing was pretty accurate as always. However, losing possession sloppily in dangerous areas of the pitch provided some scares.

Antonio Valencia: 8 Much better from the winger who is still far from being past his poor run of form but a goal, some decent crosses and looking to beat his man is more praise than he can get out of me about other performances I’ve witnessed this season.

Wayne Rooney: 5 Slipped Evra in with a expertly weighted pass but other than that Wayne was pretty ineffective and sloppy for the most part. Lost the ball which led to the opening goal and didn’t even attempt to track back. Allowed Diame time and space to turn as he put the Hammers back ahead. Nearly got on the score sheet but other than that, poor performance.

*Shinji Kagawa: 9 MOTM. He just effortlessly glides on the pitch, finding himself in great positions each time. His skill to set up Valencia for United’s first equaliser showed just how effective he can be in tight areas (as displayed in a recent advert he starred in). His cracking shot that resulted in van Persie’s second half strike deserved to hit the back of the net itself. He saw plenty of the ball and showed he can sit back and create chances for his team mates.

Robin van Persie: 7 After scoring against Stoke on Sunday, I felt his poor goal-scoring form would grind to a halt. This was the case as he managed to grab a goal late on to draw United level.  Although, he could have potentially bagged a hat-trick but was denied several times by an inspired Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Substitutes

Ryan Giggs and Javier Hernandez: 5 Cameo appearances from the United substitutes. Almost won the game late on after a great ball across from Giggs was taken off Hernandez’ toe in a last ditch interception from Carroll.

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