United took on Fulham at Old Trafford in a game that for once seemed to go almost totally according to plan for the Reds.
A penalty scored, Chicharito and Rooney among the goals, bar a strike from the Cottagers it was pretty much perfect, Here’s how the men in Red rated.
David De Gea- Nowt to do did it well. 7
Rafael- A constant threeat down the right hand side, still a contender for bronze in the player of the season awards. 7
Smalling- Masterful in the air, earned United a penatly- sort of- by putting pressure on Aaron Hughes, if he can stay fit, he’ll be giving Jonny Evans something to think about. 7
Phil Jones- Decent, solid, dependable. Doesn’t seem like much? How often have we said that about United’s defenders this season. 7
Patrice Evra- Got forward well with Giggs and even though he’s a bit of a one-trick pony with that ‘drag back -heel’ it worked well and should’ve earned United a second penalty. 7
Nani- Guess who’s back? Or should I say, Nani you are okay, you are okay, you are okay, Nani. Yes he’s greedy and can frustrate but he also genuinely believes he’s the best player in the world and every now and again reminds you why he’s allowed to think that. Considering he’s still way off full match fitness this was an assured display. Beating his man, coming close with a couple of efforts and annoying Rooney with his selfishness, the Nani show is back in town. 8
Anderson – The best player in the pitch. Confident, visionary, domineering he was almost as good as he’s ever been in a Red shirt. picking out passes that Carrick would be proud of while making runs with the ball, Tony V used to on the wing. 9
Michael Carrick- Easy day at the office for the man who should no longer be labelled ‘underrated.’ 7
Ryan Giggs. He’s not 39, he isn’t it’s nonsense, he can’t be. Amazing range of passes and even looked like a winger I remember from my teens as he linked up with Evra down the left. Who on earth suggested retirement? 8
Wayne Rooney- Still can frustrate with some shoddy passes but he took his goal superbly and never stopped running, putting pressure on the Fulham defence and giving Nani cold stares. 7
Chicharito- Never gave up always looking for a killer pass to latch on to and was justly rewarded with two -yes two goals. Giving Sir Alex Ferguson one massive headache. 8
Subs: Paul Scholes – for Carrick. Played his part and didn’t seriously injure anyone. 6
Kagawa for Anderson – Neat and tidy. 7
Valencia for Giggs- Not much to do. 6