Player Ratings: Swansea 1-4 Manchester United

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 7: Made a number of decent saves throughout with an impressive stop to deny a threatening Michu at the near post. Was more comfortable late on and wasn’t at fault when beaten by a clinical Wilfried Bony consolation.

Phil Jones 6: Sold De Gea short with a poor back pass in the opening stages but recovered from a rather nervy start. Doesn’t attack with the same gusto as the injured Rafael but Jones offers defensive solidarity as a full-back and did well to shackle Wayne Routledge.

Nemanja Vidic 8: The skipper was imperious in the air as ever and appears to be getting back to his best. A double block around the 18 yard box was the highlight of a domineering display. His telepathic partnership with Ferdinand remains as reliable as ever.

Rio Ferdinand 7: Solid on the whole despite failing to get to grips with Bony after the restart. Impressed when United succumbed to sustained pressure in the early stages but may have been disappointed to have lost Bony for Swansea’s solitary goal.

Patrice Evra 7: Crossed well to carve out a decent headed opportunity for Van Persie and was involved in United’s second, his cross eventually finding it’s way to Antonio Valencia. Attacked well, again benefitting from a lack of an orthodox winger ahead of him, and was rarely troubled defensively

Antonio Valencia 6: Supplied a deft first time pass for Danny Welbeck to fire in United’s second goal in a slightly subdued display. Was a threat on the counter but rarely looked to trouble his full-back and was often found not tight enough to Ben Davies in the opening exchanges.

Michael Carrick 7: Far from his best but was still pivotal to United’s win. Carrick’s well-timed interceptions were important in relieving pressure while his vision remained unaffected despite an apparent eye-infection. The 32-year-old was composed on the ball throughout and often set attacks in motion.

Tom Cleverley 7: Appears to have nailed down the midfield slot alongside Carrick. An early booking perhaps forced him to curtail his combative style but his passing was accurate as usual. Involved in the build-up to United’s third in a solid yet rarely spectacular showing.

Ryan Giggs 6: Frequently interchanged positions with Welbeck and should have found the net once if not twice in the first half. Played intelligently and supplied the looping ball for van Persie’s first goal.

Danny Welbeck 8: An extremely impressive outing from on-form Welbeck. Ran tirelessly from deep, causing all sorts of problems for Swansea’s uncharacteristically porous rearguard. Gambled to get into the six yard box and was rewarded with a tap-in while his perfect chip was exquisite.

Robin van Persie 8: Frequently the go-to man for every occasion, the clinical Dutchman proved just the ticket once again. His first goal at a crucial time illustrated ridiculous technique while a breathtaking second goal arrowed into the top corner appeared to make Gary Neville weak at the knees. He has now scored 34 goals in 50 appearances for United.

Substitutes

Wayne Rooney 7: A spirited cameo on his first appearance under Moyes. Two assists, good movement and plenty of spirit showed just why the Scot is so keen to keep a player who can be unplayable on his day.

Anderson 5: Replaced van Persie late in the game. Was involved in the build-up to United’s fourth.

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