Date: 20th October 2012 at 7:49pm
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De Gea – Probably could have done a little bit better for the first goal but although he conceded two, he didn’t have much to do. Did well to save a near post early on. 6

Rafael – Always looked to push up and support the attack. Had little to do in terms of defending. 6

Rio – Disappointing to say the least. Nowhere to be found for the second goal. Should have commanded the box better for the first. 5

Evans – Impressed in midweek and carried on his fine with another good performance. Always involved with the midfield. 6

Evra – Don’t know what more to say about him. His really is dangerous to the team. For every one good performance, he puts in another 2 or 3 woeful ones. 3

Valencia- Knocked in a few good crosses and set up RvP for United’s second. He’s most effective when he’s direct rather than when he lingers on the ball. 7

Carrick – Kept the ball away from the Stoke and allowed us to dominate the midfield in the second half. 7

Scholes – Failed to establish his dominance early on in the game and nearly saw red for two silly tackles. Substituted before he was sent off. 5

Rooney – Conceded a comical own goal but pushed on and showed real passion to get us back into the match. Developing a healthy relationship with his striking partners. 8

Van Persie – He doesn’t mess about, does he? He said he wanted more assists and be did just that. He also scored a clinical strikers goal just before half time. What a buy. 7.5

Welbeck – Always works hard for the team and finally has a goal to show for it. Needs to work on his dribbling and his shooting to really reach world class standards. 6

Subs:

Anderson – Kept the ship steady and filled in the gaps in midfield. 6

Nani – Nearly scored a goal. 6

Hernandez – Although he was only on for a short period of time, he was very impressive with his holding up play and his passing. 7

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