Date: 6th January 2013 at 3:32am
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De Gea – Can’t really blame him for either of the goals. He had a decent game to fair, and pulled off a few very good saves as well. 7

Smalling – Both goals came from his side of the defence yet, again, I can’t really fault him for that. Did well at the back but failed to add anything going forward, often leaving Rafael or Welbeck isolated. 6

Evans – Defended well and kept things simple at the back. He struggled when carrying the ball forward, something which has happened often in our recent matches. 6

Vidic – Held a relatively inexperienced defence together throughout the game with real leadership skills but struggled when dealing with aerial threats. Made an incredible clearance off the line early on. 6

Büttner –  Very solid and relaxed at the back which impressed me how ‘all over the place’ he normally is. Looked to push on when possible and stretch the game. 7

Rafael –  Worked incredibly hard all game. He chased every pass and challenged for every tackle. Quality was a bit lacking with the crossing but he did excellent nonetheless. 7

Scholes – Showed his experience early on in the game and dictated the midfield battle with minimal ease. Lost his legs in the second half and was duly replaced. 6>Cleverley – Ran the show this evening with his fantastic off-the-ball movement and accuracy when passing the ball. Took his goal brilliantly and once again showed us all why Sir Alex rates him so highly. 8 (MOTM)

Kagawa  –  A real disappointment today. Failed to get involved all game and never really looked interested throughout. At least he got another 90 minutes under his belt to help him get his match-fitness back up to scratch. 4

Welbeck – Energetic, hard-working and exciting, Danny was always looking for the ball and was not afraid to take on to try and ‘make something happen’ for us. 7

Hernandez – Disappointingly quiet all game but only because of the lack of service that came his way. Instead, he got hold of the ball himself and worked our first goal with a good cross. 6

Subs:

Van Persie – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a football player as ‘efficient’ on the ball as Robin van Persie. Every touch he takes on the ball ‘matters’. I’d hate to imagine where we’d be without him this season. He’s definitely in my list of ‘Top 5 current World Footballers’. 8

Valencia – Honestly, I don’t know what more to say about him. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a United player decline the same way he has over the last six months which is a shame because I actually do rate him. 4

Giggs – Been saying it for a while now and I’m glad my faith in Giggsy is finally starting to pay off. He has plenty to offer our team yet, even at his age. A calming influence on the pitch mixed with quality on the ball is a deadly combination. 8

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