David de Gea 5 – Could do little about either goal but made a few decent claims and saves.
Chris Smalling 3 – Never looks comfortable at right back and was again a very square peg in a very round hole. Contributed nothing to United’s rare attacks, crossing was woeful and his decision making when in possession was poor. Defensively, Smalling didn’t look solid either.
Rio Ferdinand 3 – A real Gary Neville at the Hawthornes type performance from Rio. Passing was incredibly sloppy and he relied on his defensive partner to get him out of trouble on numerous occasions.
Nemanja Vidic 5 – Made two great blocks, the second particularly eye-catching after a mistake from his defensive partner. Carried Ferdinand.
Patrice Evra 4 – Harshly booked early on but that put him under pressure. Didn’t look comfortable as Joel Campbell got the better of him.
Antonio Valencia 3 – Offered nothing from the right hand side and his deliveries into the box were abysmal. Didn’t look at the races and failed to trouble his opponent Holebas. Awful.
Tom Cleverley 4 – Even by his low standards, that was a ‘mare for Cleverley. Far too slow to get the ball forward and his passes were almost always sideways. Devout of invention, guile or skill, what does he do?
Michael Carrick 4 – Should have been the man to grab the game by the scruff of the neck but like Cleverley, he was far too safe in possession and lacked adventure in his passing. Stuck in a rut this season but wasn’t aided by a lack of options in front of him tonight.
Ashley Young 4 – Better than Valencia and at least looked to take his man on at times. Crossing wasn’t the best and even some of the simpler passes looked difficult for Young, although he was not the worst player on the pitch today.
Wayne Rooney 4 – Saw some of the ball but again lacked sharpness and his touch was poor. Sliced a couple of his usual laser-guided passes and generally was poor in possession. Although, he covered plenty of ground and at least looked half-arsed unlike some of his teammates.
Robin van Persie 4 – Isolated up top throughout and was unable to affect play. Had a great chance to get a pivotal away goal but fired the ball over the cross-bar, a chance he’d have gobbled up last season. Bystander.
Danny Welbeck 5 – Plenty of effort and won possession back a few times but lacked a bit of quality when on the ball. His directness was a welcome sight after a number of ponderous displays from his teammate.
Shinji Kagawa 5 – Got into some neat positions and looked comfortable in tight areas but was wasted when operating from the left.