Date: 21st January 2013 at 7:38am
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– Kept us in the game at times but will be unfortunately criticised for his weak punch in the dying seconds of the game. Developing an uncanny knack of saving the ball with any body part possible. 7

– Kept Bale quiet all game by getting tight when required and backing off when necessary. A very mature performance from the young Brazilian. Struggled to get involved with our attacks however. 7

– A rock at the heart of the United defence, it’s amazed me just how quick Nemanja has seamlessly fitted back into the side since his return from injury. A colossal. 8

Ferdinand – It pains to me imagine the gaping hole will leave in our defence once when leaves. Incredible at times today, he looked like a possessed man doing everything in his power to drag his side to victory. Calm on his feet and untouchable in the air. 9

a run-around by Lennon today, it hasn’t been the first time Pat has struggled against this familiar opponent. Often caught out of possession defensively and wasteful up front. Disappointing. 5

Cleverley – Energetic and exciting in the first half, his passing was sharp and looked to set the momentum of our attacks. Quickly climbing up the assists ladder. His influence was short-lived though. 7

Carrick – Spent the game admiring his work rather than following the ball. It’s unbelievable to see how many of our attacks start off from his effortless interceptions and ball-retention passes at the back. Another magnificent performance from the Englishman. 8

Jones – Started off sloppily and carelessly at the back but eventually grew into the game. His aerial ability helped the team defend from set-pieces, as did his speed from closing down their wingers. 6

Kagawa – Started off really brightly but faded completely in the second half, as per usual. This isn’t the few time I’ve noticed this however and I’m still unsure why it seems to be a recurring theme with Kagawa. Strange. 6

Welbeck – Can’t fault his effort but there was real quality lacking at times. Took one too many touches occasionally and cornered himself unnecessarily. Still, he offers the team plenty in terms of movement and energy, hence why Sir Alex continuous to pick him. 6

Van Persie – Surprisingly quiet for large periods of the game, his influence was sorely missed. He took his only chance however and that’s all you can really ask from him. 7

Subs:
Valencia – Yet another depressing performance for the Ecuadorian, but at least he didn’t start. 4

Rooney – Other than his penalty appeal, he had nothing to offer whatsoever. He’d probably have taken the penalty himself and missed it anyway (Cue the hate mail in the comment section). 5