Player Ratings: Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United – Welcome back Welbeck

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United – Welcome back Welbeck

David de Gea 7 – The Spanish international was rarely tested by a lacklustre Villa front line but made smart saves to deny Albrighton twice in the first half and El Ahmadi from a free-kick in the second.

Rafael 7 – Did well against Agbonlahor and was good offensively alongside Antonio Valencia. A crucial interception denied Benteke a clear sight at goal with the scores level.

Phil Jones 7 – Coped impressively with Benteke and made a number of smart interceptions at centre half. Rarely troubled.

Jonny Evans 7 – Looked assured alongside Phil Jones at the heart of United’s defence. Evans read the game typically well and his distribution was impeccable.

Patrice Evra 6 – United’s stand-in skipper started the game sloppily and looked vulnerable. The experienced Frenchman was subdued going forward with most of United’s attacks coming from the right flank.

Antonio Valencia 8 – A rampaging display which was reminiscent of the old Valencia. He gave Luna a torrid time at full-back and seemed extremely confident. Provided the cross for Welbeck’s second and created a number of other good chances for his team-mates too.

Tom Cleverley 8 – Got his first league goal in a year early in the second half and impressed in the middle throughout. Cleverley was aided by the movement of those around him and looked to move the ball forward quickly and accurately throughout.

Ryan Giggs 6 – An effective if unspectacular performance in central midfield from Giggs. His use of possession was good and he controlled the game well alongside Cleverley. Replaced by Fletcher with 20 minutes left.

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Adnan Januzaj 7 – Hit the post with a glancing header in the first half and got into a good area in the build-up to United’s second. The 18-year-old drew fouls throughout and seemed to have the ball glued to his feet before being substituted for Young.

Wayne Rooney 7 – Came inches away from scoring in the first half and his link-up play was impressive. Dropped deep to help out the midfield when needed and supplied a perfectly weighted pass for Tom Cleverley to convert.

Danny Welbeck 9 – On the score sheet with two poachers goals and in-truth, Welbeck could have easily doubled his tally on another day. His pace and power caused Baker and Clark all sorts of problems and he was effective in and around the box.

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Ashley Young 5 – Pretty ineffectual cameo against his former club after he replaced Januzaj with the game already dead and buried.

Darren Fletcher 6 – Kept things simple after replacing Giggs with 20 minutes left. Good to see him back in action but there’s still a long way to go for Fletcher who received a great reception from United’s fabulous away support.

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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.