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Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Frustration all round

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 6 – Could do little about Adebayor’s first half header and made a few smart saves throughout but questions may be asked about whether he could have done better for Spurs’ second goal.

Chris Smalling 6 – Came close to scoring early doors with a powerful effort but once again seemed awkward at full-back. Caught under the ball for Adebayor’s goal and was replaced with 30 minutes remaining.

Nemanja Vidic 6 – Might have done more to prevent the cross for Spurs’ opener and was made to look sluggish by Aaron Lennon for the second. That aside, looked solid at the heart of defence. Squandered two good headed chances late on.

Jonny Evans 7 – Generally read the game well and looked assured alongside Vidic in defence. Adept on the ball and looked composed when bringing the ball out from the back.

Patrice Evra 5 – Offered very little going forward and when he got into the attacking third his final ball was poor. Defensively, the Frenchman was all over the place and Aaron Lennon turned him inside out.

Antonio Valencia 5 – Started the game well at right midfield. Moved to right back in the second half and showed his suspect defensive game when he let Eriksen ghost into the box to score the winner.

Michael Carrick 6 – Composed in the centre and kept the ball moving nicely. United are a more organised outfit with Carrick in midfield.

Tom Cleverley 6 – Provided decent energy in the centre but lacked quality on the ball and the game seemed to pass him by after some improved displays of late. Struggled to get to grips with the powerful Dembele in the centre.

Adnan Januzaj 7 – Seemed a little imprecise in the first half but improved markedly when he moved to the right hand side in the second half, where he was a constant threat. Came close with a curling effort and was ludicrously booked for a ‘dive’ late on.

Wayne Rooney 6 – At times appeared off the pace which was understandable after not training prior to the match. Rooney was quieter than usual but was generally sharp linking play from deep.

Danny Welbeck 7 – Arguably United’s best player, he troubled Spurs’ back line with his frightening pace early on and finished nicely to continue his good goalscoring form and half United’s arrears in the process in the second half.


Javier Hernandez 5 – The Mexican is really struggling for form at the moment and again produced a frustrating display. Came close with a clever back-heeled effort but otherwise left a lot to be desired.

Shinji Kagawa 6 – Got between the lines well and provided some penetration in a 30 minute cameo but might have conjured up more for the Reds.

Ashley Young n/a – Should have won a penalty late on from Lloris’ wild challenge but struggled to have a real impact during his ten minutes on the pitch.

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