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Player ratings: Manchester United 3-0 Aston Villa

by Sam Peoples

David De Gea 7: Fumbled a routine cross that could’ve led to an Aston Villa goal. Showed he didn’t lack concentration due to not being busy with a smart save, getting low quickly to deny a powerful Benteke in the second half.

Rafael 8: His ball into the box set up Giggs to assist the opener and he was unlucky not to score after striking an early shot against the post. Made less forward movements after the break as United were taking no risks.

Jonny Evans 7: Kept the United defence organised very well to cope with the pace of the Villa forwards. Nearly netted when going up for a corner late on but his shot was cleared off the line.

Phil Jones 7: A rare start at centre-back for Jones as Vidic and Ferdinand were sidelined with injuries. Displayed his pace and strength as he comfortably dealt with Benteke.

Patrice Evra 8: Captained the team and had a relatively easy game as N’Zogbia hardly troubled him. Managed to hold back his urge to attack to let Rafael attack whenever possible.

Antonio Valencia 8: Performance of the season from Tony, I feel. Had the young Villa defence running scared. His powerful running down the right created space for Rafael to exploit. A vast improvement on his crosses almost saw a second goal in the opening exchanges via the left boot of van Persie.

Michael Carrick 6: Not that great a game from Carrick. Uncharacteristically sloppy at times as Villa pushed higher up pitch and pressured him into giving away the ball, especially during the second half.

Wayne Rooney 8: Positioned deep in midfield and dictated much of the play. His lobbed ball to van Persie for the striker’s brilliant second was perfectly calculated. Not at full throttle but still had an effected part to play.

Ryan Giggs 7: Terrorised Lowton throughout the game. Assisted two out of three goals and secured his 13th Premier League medal. Not a bad Monday night for the 39-year-old!

Shinji Kagawa 7: Playing in his best position behind the striker, showed why Ferguson has complete confidence in him by threading a beautifully weighted pass for van Persie to complete his hat-trick. Really should have got on the score-sheet himself but failed to convert, blazing over late on when he was through on goal.

Robin van Persie 20: What a night, what a season. He couldn’t have dreamed of winning his first title any better than that. Robin scored a hat-trick that included an absolutely fantastic volley, one you will never tire of watching. He’s been the difference between United storming to their record 20th crown. Goals like his second was almost worth the £24 million on its own.


Danny Welbeck: 6 Quiet and did little to influence the game but as a Mancunian, he wouldn’t care. He’s just brought the trophy back where it belongs.

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