Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-2 Swansea City – Dismal displays all round

Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-2 Swansea City – Dismal displays all round

Anders Lindegaard 5 – Given only his second start of the season so far and was relatively untested, although he seemed like a rabbit in the headlights as Routledge bore down on goal for Swansea’s opener. Should he have been that far out?

Chris Smalling 5 – Endeavoured to get forward and support Valencia down the right flank but as is usually the case, he lacked quality on the ball. His defensive positioning for both of Swansea’s goals, particularly Bony’s, was also questionable.

Rio Ferdinand 4 – Made his first start in almost a month and it showed, particularly for Swansea’s first. The 35-year-old has struggled this term and limped off after a clash with Bony in the second half.

Jonny Evans 6 – Fared reasonably well against Bony at the heart of defence and was impressive in possession as he typically is, appeared much more assured than his more experienced partner.

Alexander Buttner 6 – Attacked well on his return to the side, particularly in the first half where his impressive crossing led to Hernandez levelling for the Reds. Defensively, played well.

Antonio Valencia 5 – Struggled to conjure up anything from the right flank, although he did flash over with an outside of the foot drive in the first half. Valencia’s final ball once again left much to be desired.

Tom Cleverley 5 – Provided reasonable energy in the centre of the park but once again was painfully safe in possession and created little when on the ball in midfield.

Darren Fletcher 6 – Arguably United’s best player. Moved the ball forward quickly and accurately with an impressive passing range. United’s miracle man might have done more in the build-up to Swansea’s late winner, though.

Shinji Kagawa 5 – Yet another ineffective display from Kagawa from the left hand side. The game again seemed to pass the Japanese playmaker by, although in fairness the wing isn’t the place to get the best from Kagawa.

Danny Welbeck 6 – Tried his utmost to create chances for United and dropped deep with some neat touches. Didn’t have any real opportunities to add to his recent good form in front of goal.

Javier Hernandez 6 – Got United back on track in the first half but squandered two other good chances. His link-up play and first touch was again lacking and he seems to be lacking sharpness.

Substitutes

Adnan Januzaj 5 – Had a few bright moments after replacing Valencia but the 18-year-old couldn’t help United into round 4.

Fabio 1 – As cameo appearances go, this was something of a nightmare for a man who has struggled for game time this season. Rash tackles like the one which saw him see red four minutes after his introduction are unlikely to impress David Moyes.

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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.