Player Ratings: Sunderland vs Manchester United – Januzaj’s outstanding performance can’t help United

Player Ratings: Sunderland vs Manchester United – Januzaj’s outstanding performance can’t help United

David de Gea 6 – A quiet evening for Dave. Pulled off a great stop to deny Larsson after the hour mark with the scores level and could do little about either goal from the home side.

Rafael 5 – Can count himself lucky not to have been sent off after a rash tackle minutes after being booked for dissent on his injury return. Occasionally found sleeping defensively and struggled to have a say going forward.

Nemanja Vidic 6 – Enjoyed the physical tussle with Steven Fletcher and looked a reasonable threat from set-pieces. Equalised for United after the restart. The skipper was one of the only players to emerge with any real credit.

Jonny Evans 5 – Wasn’t his usual composed self at the heart of defence and never looked truly comfortable before being limping off with a back problem.

Patrice Evra 5 – Another subdued offensive performance from the experienced Frenchman. Defensively Evra showed lapses of concentration and was often outplayed down the left flank.

Antonio Valencia 4- A torrid afternoon for the Ecuadorian. Valencia’s crossing was woeful and he looked a man short of confidence as he frequently checked back inside rather than beating the impressive Marcos Alonso. Awful.

Michael Carrick 5 – Generally did well in the centre and helped United to keep possession for some periods of the game. The experienced midfielder was solid on the ball but might have done more to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

Tom Cleverley 4 – Seemed to be turning the corner a few weeks ago but was well below par today. Cleverley’s touch and use of the ball let him down and although he did send a delicious corner over for Vidic to head in, this was a poor showing that highlghts the pressing need for a central midfielder.

Ryan Giggs 5 – Unlucky to put through his own net in the first half and came a lick of paint away from scoring with a long distance drive. Produced some limited moments of invention but struggled to influence the game operating in the centre or to the left.

Adnan Januzaj 7 – Easily United’s best performer, Januzaj was the player his more experienced team-mates looked to. The 18-year-old created numerous chances, showed great precision in and around the box and was unlucky not to score with a curling effort. Man of the match by a distance.

Danny Welbeck 5 – Not afforded the best of service but struggled to create anything of his own. Welbeck fought for the cause well but seemed to tire as the game wore on and was limited to a few half chances.

Substitutes

Chris Smalling 5 – Struggled with the physicality of Jozy Altidore and was booked after replacing Evans for the last half hour.

Darren Fletcher n/a – Safe on the ball after replacing the dreadful Cleverley. Didn’t create anything of note alongside Carrick.

Javier Hernandez n/a – Thrown on far too late to make an impact and it was perplexing why he wasn’t introduced earlier with United in need of a goal.

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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.