Date: 14th January 2013 at 12:02am
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De Gea – Looked good all game bar the goal. Normally I wouldn’t pin that on him and label it as a ‘mistake’ but it is happening far too regularly for my liking and is something which should be addressed. He needs to learn to palm the ball and curl it around the post, or get a strong fist to it. Having said that, he did well just to get a hand on it for that particular save today. 7

Rafael – Looked sloppy at times and even careless with his clearances. Also slow to react for their goal. Expected more from him. 6

Vidic – A colossus at the back, his presence alone was enough to keep the Liverpool attack lifeless. Also managed to nick himself a goal which is nice to see. Great to have our captain back. 9

Ferdinand – Another great game for , he once again gave a commanding performance which reminded us all of just how good a defensive pairing we have with Nemanja and himself. 8

Evra –  Arguably one of our attackers today with him beating men with ease and grabbing and two assist too. A real astute performance from someone currently under the stoplight due to that affair. Needs to tighten up at the back now. 8

–  Saw little of the ball and failed to get involved when needed, his defensive responsibilities looked nonexistent. Produce one or two moments of quality though. 5

Carrick – Left the field at half-time knowing he was our best player but seemed to fade away in the second half which resulted in the team losing momentum and surrendering control of the game. 7

Cleverley – Our first 45 minutes were probably the best I’ve seen him play for United but, his midfield partner, he was completed invisible in the second half and made a costly error which resulted in us conceding. Has a lot to learn yet. 6

 –  The lack of physical players in either teams midfield made it a dream for him to weave his magic in and he did just that. At times his movement off the ball was sensational. 8

– If you take into account everything he did only in the first 3/4 of the pitch, he was probably the best player on there. Offers so much in every department but is currently lacking in confidence to the extent that he’s scared to have a shot in front of goal. 8

Van – Out of this world. Not much more I can say about him other than he’s quite simply the best centre-forward playing football on Earth today. The number of times he did something and had me wondering “how did he manage that!?” was astonishing today. 8

Subs:

Valencia – Never added much to our play going forward but supported at the back a lot more than Young did and helped that clock tick down towards the end. 6

– Added some steel to our midfield after Liverpool started attacking our half and did a lot defensively. 6
Smalling – Slotted in seamlessly for Vidic in defence and helped us clear those dangerous crosses. 6