Date: 5th February 2012 at 6:56pm
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David De Gea- Two terrific saves at the end, but still, still he can’t defend corners. Pressure now off him, though. 8

Patrice Evra- Made good use of his third and fourth lungs today. His aggressive running eventually yielded a penalty. 7

Rio Ferdinand- Uncharacteristically sloppy in his passing, but made some good interceptions and two or three well-timed tackles. His partnership with Jonny Evans needs work. 6

Jonny Evans- Scored an unfortunate own goal and was nervous throughout. Evans has improved this season, but once Jones and Smalling return he has to be dropped. 5

Rafael- Another wonderful attacking display. Combined well with Valencia and delivered several dangerous crosses before being substituted mid-way through the second half. 7

Ryan Giggs- Chipped a beautiful cross for Chicharito’s equaliser and tortured Chelsea’s defender from start to finish. Another immaculate display by our evergreen Welshman. 8

Michael Carrick- Another fabulous display. Carrick commanded the midfield, whipping the ball from flank to flank and defending with discipline. 8

Ashley Young- Young was disappointing on his return to the side, exiting before the hour. 5

Antonio Valencia- His terrific control and dribble set-up the attack that ended in Chicharitio’s equaliser. Asked to play right back for most of the second half, but remained one of United’s most dangerous attacking players.  9

Wayne Rooney- Ice cool from the spot and the conduit that linked United’s midfield and attack. An impressive showing, especially for a player returning from injury. 9

Danny Welbeck- Made intelligent runs and won a penalty. Asked, perhaps unfairly, to play on the wing and was subbed with five minutes left. 7

Paul Scholes- After replacing Rafael, he dictated play from midfield. Should never have retired. 8

Javier Hernandez- Absolutely terrible for the half hour that preceded his goal, absolutely brilliant for the two seconds that defined his performance. 7

Ji-Sung Park- On for only five minutes. N/A

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