Date: 10th November 2012 at 11:17pm
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De Gea – Can’t see how people are blaming him for the first goal since his view was severely restricted. He’s grown a lot too, as shown by how well he handled the aerial bombardment of his box in the last 10 minutes. 7

Rafael – Worked his socks off to add an attacking threat from the right hand side. Caught out of position for their first goal though. Mixed performance. 6

Ferdinand – Lacked leadership when commanding the defence and looked lost at times. Not a good enough performance for someone with his experience and ability. 6

Smalling – Weak, slow and easily beaten all too often. It was expected though as he’s been out for a long while and will need time to find his form. A fantastic defender nonetheless. 5

Evra – Another great performance by the captain. I’m beginning to wonder whether we’re finally seeing the Patrice Evra of old. 7

Valencia- Painful to watch at times. I don’t understand how a Premier League footballer on his salary can get away with being as one-footed as he is. Runs, stops and passes back to the defence. Worryingly predictable with his play. 4

Carrick – Failed to set the tempo against a relatively weak midfield and was neither able to add an attacking threat to our play, nor provide protection to our defence. 5

Scholes – Struggled to keep up with the pace of the game and lost the ball all too often, but even then provide a moment of magic to set up our first. A great spark to have in our squad. 6

Rooney – All over the place in the first half as he misplaced pass after pass. Improved as the game wore on but even then you’d expect more from him. Always trying to ‘force the ball’ with his passes. 6

Young – Taken off at half-time after a lacklustre 45 minute cameo. Again, he was too predictable with his play by cutting in and crossing the ball with his right foot all too often. 5

Van PersieĀ  – Saw little of the ball but when he did, you simply knew he was capable of making something happen. The definition of the word ‘talisman’. 7

Subs:

Hernandez – What a turn around for the young boy. Only a few weeks ago there were fans calling for his head yet now he can’t stop scoring. Enthusiastic, sharp and clinical with his finishing. His off-the-ball play was world class. 9

Cleverely – Helped us keep the ball when our midfield turned sloppy. 6

Anderson – Added some much needed energy to the midfield. 6

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