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Player Ratings: Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United – Awesome Young and Cleverley

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 6 On a night where the conditions could have made it difficult for goalkeepers, United’s number one was nigh on redundant aside from a few claims from set pieces, as the home side failed to muster a shot on target.

Rafael 7 – Supported Antonio Valencia well throughout with the two particularly incisive down the right flank. Defensively, Rafael was relatively untroubled.

Chris Smalling 7 – Two good headed clearances in the first half with Peter Crouch ready to pounce capped a solid display with Smalling looking comfortable in his preferred position and he coped excellently with the unique threat of Crouch.

Jonny Evans 7 – Didn’t have a great deal to do defensively but saw plenty of the ball with Stoke sitting deep and generally brought it out from the back well. Made a couple of decent interceptions and might have broken the deadlock in the first half.

Patrice Evra 7 – Solid defensively and effective further forward, United’s skipper for the night got forward pretty well and showed great composure for his goal, rounding off a mazy run with a curling right footed finish.

Antonio Valencia 7 – Combined well with Rafael down the right hand side and saw plenty of the ball. He was not at his best with the torrid conditions perhaps playing a part, but had his moments.

Tom Cleverley 8 – Appeared to take confidence from the weekend and was a combative presence in the midfield area. Seemed comfortable as part of a midfield three and moved the ball around well in the centre.

Phil Jones 7 – Slotted into the midfield and had a turn of pace when he burst from deep. Jones provided physicality in the centre but might have done a little more in possession.

Anderson 5 – A lacklustre display from the Brazilian. Conditions certainly didn’t aid an expansive style but Anderson was ineffectual as he ambled around the soggy Britannia pitch.

Ashley Young 8 – Flashed a shot narrowly wide in the opening stages of the contest but got his first goal in 36 appearances after the restart with a 25 yard screamer. Young notched an assist too in easily his most impressive display of the season.

Danny Welbeck 6 – Industrious as the lone striker but didn’t have any real chances of note. Might have done better with a looping header from a corner, although his link-up play was sharp in and around the box.

Substitutes

Javier Hernandez 6 – Held up play upon his introduction and did very well in the build-up to United’s opener. Hernandez linked well with his team-mates but might have scored in the 85th minute.

Darren Fletcher – N/A Continued his comeback from illness with another passable outing. Kept things simple but made a number of forays forward. Roundly cheered during his ten minute cameo.

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