Date: 18th August 2013 at 4:16am
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De Gea – Had a relatively quiet afternoon but still aware when called upon. Will be gutted to see the clean sheet slip through his fingers. 6

– Not his best game. Never really got going and looked sloppy in a few instances. Wasn’t too keen to get forward either. 5

Ferdinand – Commanded the back magnificently as you would expect from the veteran. Solid display on a tricky surface. 8

– He had a decent game besides one or two silly errors which could have haunted him another day. Poor communication with his keeper and teammates at times. Needs to be back to his best in time for the next few games. 7

– Solid overall and even managed to make a forward surge here and there. You’d think his position would be under threat from somewhere judging by today’s display.. 7

Valencia – He didn’t make me want to pull my hair out which is a nice start. Harsh, actually. Got a really good assist. Want to see him more involved though. 6

Cleverley – Sat back and let his teammate do all the attacking . Not sure if I’m a fan of that but didn’t do too much wrong, or right. Another average performance from an average footballer. Average all-round.  5

– Did well going forward but I have to say that I’m not a big fan of this box to box Carrick. Much rather see him as our reliable anchor.  His new position hints at a DM coming in before Sept though so it might be better in the long run. 7

Giggs – It’s incredible that he’s still getting games for us but even more so that he’s actually adding a real attacking element to the team. He can still do a job. 6

Welbeck – I Danny. He gets a lot of unjustified hate but he seemed confident and resourceful on the ball today. Only downside was his silly mistake which lead to us conceding. He’ll improve with age, unless he starts taking career advice from Wayne Rooney. 8

– What is the for me to say about this marvellous man that hasn’t already been said? His first goal was astonishing. If I tried lifting my leg that high to kick a ball, I’d develop a hernia, and yet his second goal was even better. The turn, the shot and the power behind it. Ruthless. Isn’t it wonderful having a genuine world class player in your attack? Love it.  9

Subs:

Fat Scouse T**t – Came on, looked disinterest, was offside a lot, showed off his tramp-like beard and grabbed an assist. Think that’s a fair summary. 7

– Looks like his weight is still in the double digits category so that means preseason worked. Didn’t see much of the ball after coming on though.

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