Date: 23rd December 2012 at 11:58pm
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De Gea – Did well when dealing with an aerial threat. Some people have claimed he should have done better for the goal but that’s nonsense. It was a fantastic save to get a had on the initial shot in the first place. No way he was liable for it going back into the danger area. 7

Jones – Never really got going down the right hand side. There was no sign of his usual powerhouse self busting up and down that channel and whipping in those dangers crosses he’s known for. Did well defensively. 5

Vidic – Rusty at the start and his positioning was all over the place. Grew into the game looked a lot more comfortable on and off the ball. 6

Evans – Strong at the back but took a while to get started too. Would have liked more of him when on the ball in terms of supporting the midfield. 6

Evra – I don’t know how but for some reason he seems to be scoring a lot of goals directly from our corners even though he’s one of the shortest players on the pitch. Not complaint, mind. More please! 8

Valencia – Been saying this for a while now but today, somehow, he managed to play even worse than he has been lately. We all know the talent is there but the heart and mind isn’t. Scared of challenges, slow to read the game, afraid to beat his man and can’t cross the ball past the first man in the box. If we sell Nani now, it would be a catastrophe. 2

Carrick – My MOTM for the third match running now. Yes, I’m a big Carrick fan but he genuinely has been that good without being too biased. Today he was the only player that stood up and tried to grab the game by the balls whilst others went through the motions. 8

Cleverley  – Completely opposite of his midfield partner, he lacked any real influence and determination on the pitch. Was a bystander when the going got tough. 5

Young – Another mixed performance from Ashley. His passing competition was atrocious in the first half but throughout the game he was looking for the ball and ready to be involved in our attacks. 6

Rooney – It’s not his fitness. Let me just start by getting that out the way. The number of times he was through on goal but delayed or made the wrong choice was painful to watch. My issue with Wayne is his decision-making, attitude and his concentration. To me, that’s why he’ll never be world class but simply always a very, very good footballer. A world class player can still do the basic things right when having a bad game. Wazza can’t. 2

Van Persie – Here’s an example of someone who is ‘world class’. Didn’t have the best of games but he still kept the ball well and linked up with his teammates, his touch was superb and he nearly scored a goal that would have made King Eric jealous. He plays the game like he’s always a step or two ahead of everyone else. 7


Hernandez – It’s all well when you’re creating chances and scoring but when you’re not creating anything, why would you send on someone who can’t do anything outside the 18 yard box? Had nothing to do all game bar one chance which he fluffed. 4

Giggs – Called for Ryan to be brought on at half-time but once he did, he was tremendous. Calm, confident and disciplined, he always looked like a goal-threat. 7

Scholes – Five minutes. Five minutes on the pitch and he still managed to get himself booked. Five minutes! 5


7 responses to “Player Ratings: United v Swansea”

  1. Ishan says:

    totally agree with you mate…valencia is worse than nani..throughout the game i was screaming dont pass the ball to him..everytime he receives the ball, he has only two things that he could do..
    1. stand on ball for 5 secs like he can mesmerize the defender with stepovers and dribbles(thinking he is ronaldo or messi) then passes the ball back to carrick or a centre half..
    2. try to flick the ball with his right foot..deliver a sh*t cross..raise his hand up as if he is sorry..walks off

    I’m so frustrated by him..he slows the game away possession..

    • xmas says:

      In the last few games I’ve even noticed there have been moments where he literally just stands at the edge of the box with the ball as if he doesn’t remember what to do. The defender runs at him and he either cuts right then left or passes back to Rafael or whoever. Either way, his timing, his aim, his everything is seriously on the ebb right now.

      I find Nani as frustrating as anyone but we need someone else on the right these days!

  2. Jon Wilmot says:

    Carrick was outstanding but we needed a physical presence alongside him yesterday. It’s been said before but looked even more pressing against Swansea and would have made the difference.

    The days of keeping Rooney on the pitch when he is having a shocker in the hope he might suddenly produce some magic are long gone unfortunately – when he’s bad (like the Everton game) he needs to be taken off far earlier.

    Valencia needs to be taken out of the team for a few games now – handing him an automatic place can’t be helping. He needs to rediscover some fire – and fast. I have never seen a winger pass back to his centre-half so often.

    Great to have Vidic back, even if he looked rusty.

  3. The devil says:

    Cleverly is not much of a player and nothing like the hype his pr team have indicated.Rooney is nowhere near world class and I think Fergie knows this[dont be surprised if he is sold in the summer].Surprised at your rating of Evans as he looked yet again to be clueless and not a Utd player in any shape or form.

  4. xmas says:

    Dude, reformat this! It’s practically unreadable!

  5. trevor says:

    Most of it I agree but I would give Jones a 6 for he had no help from Valencia. Valencia 1 He did more for them than Utd. Giggs a 6 for he lost the ball more than he had it. I disagree with Fergie playing two rusty centre halves. I think either Rio or Smalling should have started with Vidic and Keep Evans for Wed.
    Why does Fergie keep playing the two old men when we have Fletcher and Welbeck on the bench. Are we going to have an exodus of young players like pogba and Fryers because Fergie wont give them a chance because he says experience counts. Ask Alan Hanson. I hope Fergie goes 2013.

  6. Dike Chimezie Kaduna,Nigeria. says:

    I agree with all the ratings but 1and that is Rooney’s.U seems too harsh on Him.He wasn’t d player he usually used to be but he deserve a 6.As for living,Rooney is a class and the Barca’s and Realmadrid’s of the world would not hesitate to sign him cos he is a class and will fit into any team in the world.Dont dare!