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Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-1 West Ham: Januzaj can do anything

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 6: Had little to do as West Ham struggled to create chances. United’s No. 1 made several impressive claims from crosses and set-pieces, and could do little about West Ham’s goal.

Rafael 7: Supported Antonio Valencia down the right hand side and the pair combined very well. Defensively, Rafael was untroubled and looked to attack at every opportunity.

Chris Smalling 8: Marshalled Maiga impressively and was imperious in the air throughout. Smalling’s distribution was generally good if occasionally erratic but his defensive actions were impressive.

Jonny Evans 7: Assured alongside Smalling and continues to show maturity at the heart of United’s defence. Evans was solid and brought the ball out from the back well. Unlucky not to score in the second half.

Patrice Evra 6: Didn’t attack with his usual verve but linked effectively with the imperious Januzaj. Nearly faultless defensively but was strangely subdued.

Antonio Valencia 6: Got into decent positions but generally lacked precision in the final third. However, seems to be improving in stature and looks much more confident than the Valencia of two months ago.

Tom Cleverley 7: Should have opened the scoring early on and was unlucky to have a goal chalked off in the second half. Cleverley continues to grow in confidence and was tidy, if a little safe, in possession.

Phil Jones 7: Jones was a combative presence in the centre alongside Cleverley and kept United ticking over. Shielded the defence impressively and looked a threat when bursting forward from deep.

Adnan Januzaj 8: Showed composure beyond his years to coolly slot home and should have won a penalty in the first half. His dive will inevitably make the headlines but shouldn’t take the gloss off a bright, incisive display.

Wayne Rooney 7: Perhaps lacked a little sharpness at times but was still adept at linking midfield and attack in the deep role. Rooney provided two assists and was a creative outlet throughout, pinging the ball about with ease.

Danny Welbeck 7: Opened the scoring with his fifth of the season and might have got another too, when he came close to turning in a delicious Januzaj cross. Taken off as a precaution on 50 minutes but will be a big player over the festive period.

Substitutes

Javier Hernandez 7: Replaced Welbeck and built on a lively cameo performance aainst Stoke with another good substitute appearance. Unlucky to have a goal chalked off for a debatable offside.

Ashley Young 6: Came on for Januzaj and looked reasonable. His goal was top drawer and Young put in a few decent crosses late on.

Alex Buttner 5: Attacked readily but fell asleep and played Carlton Cole on to allow West Ham in, once again showing his suspect defensive game.

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