Date:31st January 2013 at 3:25am
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De Gea – Could, and maybe should, have been stronger for their goal but as the game grew he was forced to make a couple of important saves, most notably from a direct free-kick. 6

Jones – Did a good enough job in his fullback position but was later moved to a holding midfield role where he let the game pass by him without influencing the match. He wasn’t the only one though. 6

Smalling – Not his usual composed self, he looked shaky at the back and unnaturally nervous, especially when clearing the ball. 5

Vidic – Not his best performance by any stretch, Nemanja too looked out of sorts and lacked composure, best highlighted by when he headed a simple loose ball out for a corner when he’d normally have controlled it and cleared it up field. 6

Evra – He’s somehow turning into a real attacking force this season. Once or twice would have you believe his aerial abilities have been a fluky when aiding us but its happened so many times that you’ve got to put your hands up and appreciate his work. 8

Kagawa – Energetic and exciting, his touches and vision were key to everything that we did well in the first half. Disappointingly poor in the second half though. 7

Carrick – At fault for the first, and sloppy at other times, he was the main reason we were overrun in midfield late on. Better he get it out of his system now than against Madrid though. 4

Anderson – Played some good passes here and there but overall looked lost and unreliable. Not the first time he’s disappeared when paired with only one midfield partner. 5

Welbeck – As per usual with Danny, you can never say anything bad about his work ethic but today he lacked a lot of quality when passing the ball, especially in the second half when placed under pressure. 5

Van Persie – Another big player who had a bad game. Having said that, he was desperately unlucky not to score on two desperate separate occasions. 6

Rooney – Did tremendously well to bag two goals and turn the game around. Unlucky not to get a hatrick after his poor touch took him too close to the keeper. 8


Ferdinand – Added some much needed composure to the team and insured we would see out the remainder of the game without conceding. 7

Rafael – Did his job at the back without making too many mistakes. Good enough. 6

Nani – Unfortunate not to grab an assist after a delightful cross for RvP. 6