Date: 12th February 2012 at 12:05pm
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David De Gea- Untroubled for most of the match, but saved a rasping Glenn Johnson shot with just minutes to go. Looks improved. 7

Patrice Evra- Utterly obnoxious at the end… not that any of us care! Played solidly and will likely avoid negative headlines. 7

Rio Ferdinand- Apart from deflecting an Adam free kick into Suarez’s pass for Liverpool’s only goal, Ferdinand played immaculately. Passed crisply and tackled with poise and energy. Impressive performance. 8

Jonny Evans- Probably his best game this season. Evans looked comfortable alongside Ferdinand, keeping Suarez quiet for most of the game.  8

Rafael- A little sloppy in his passing. Might have pushed forward more often, but can’t fault his effort in defense. Rafael is a more reliable option now than he was two years ago. 6

Ryan Giggs- Strangely, Giggs was United’s weakest player today. His crossing was temperamental, a problem exemplified by one wayward pass midway through the second half. Still, not bad for a thirty-eight year old. 5

Michael Carrick- Less impressive than last week, but the Carrick-Scholes axis in midfield remains a good one. 6

Paul Scholes- What more can be said about the man. Two months ago he was retired, now he’s one of the most in-form players in the Premier League. Another elegant display from the Ginger Magician. 8

Antonio Valencia- Set-up Rooney’s second goal and tortured Jose Enrique from start to finish. Firmly ahead of Nani and Young. 8

Wayne Rooney- First of all, the new haircut is terrible, a dreadful blend of Berba’s dead squirrel look and Vidic’s shaved head. Awful. Anyway, Rooney was terrific again today, connecting play well and scoring two important goals. He is in terrific form. Long may it last. 9

Danny Welbeck- A profligate performance. Missed two decent chances on his left foot and his passing lacked incision. Combined well with Rooney, though. 6

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