Player ratings: Manchester United vs Everton

by Sam Peoples

David de Gea 8 – Due to the outstanding performance of the whole defence in front of him, De Gea was rarely called into a threatening position. However, he was on hand when needed. A great save from Leon Osman was his best save but it was his improved communication and punching that earned him this rating. He just keeps getting better.

Rafael 9 MOTM – Arguably his best performance in a United shirt. Faultless in defence and tireless in attack, he was everything you could ever want from a right-back and more. His assist for Van Persie’s goal was utter class and he is looking red hot for Madrid on Wednesday. We’ll need it to stop Ronaldo.

Nemanja Vidic 8 – I’d say that was the Vidic of old playing today. He was completely dominant in the air and fearless in the block, throwing himself in the way of anything if it stopped Everton from scoring. Slowly but surely, he is fully recovering from his knee injury. Fingers crossed it is behind him.

Jonny Evans 7 – Another game and another well deserved slice of praise for Evans who is now one of United’s most reliable performers. Despite Ferdinand’s excellent season, I think Evans and Vidic offer the best defensive partnership at the club right now and Evans deserves his place after earning it through hard work.

Patrice Evra 7 – An indifferent but not bad performance from Evra. Normally, he offers more going forward but Rafael was the full back offering most width to the attack. Didn’t make any mistakes in defence.

Phil Jones 7 – He might not like being the utility man but if he doesn’t stop putting in such good performances as a defensive midfielder, he’ll be playing there more often than not. Fellaini was completely shut out of the game with Jones’ excellent man marking performance. Tired early on but that was due to him shadowing Fellaini everywhere. Great piece of tactical football.

Tom Cleverley 6 – A relatively quiet game by Tom’s standards this season. Although, his Scholes-esque volley which Howard just tipped over would of been very special if it had crept in under the bar. Cleverley has really cemented himself in our midfield this year and rightfully so.

Ryan Giggs 7 – What can you say? Giggs has now scored in every Premier League season – 23 in a row. What a player, what a man. Since Swansea in December, he has been in mesmerising form especially when you consider he is 39. He is still ripping people apart. Long may it continue. If he doesn’t get a contract extension, I’m going to support City next year.

Antonio Valencia 6 – A very much improved performance from Valencia. The work rate was there and the desire to keep the ball moving forward was more evident than it has been in weeks. Obviously, his goal midweek against Portugal helped him mentally and he really needs to kick start his season from this point on.

Robin van Persie 7 – When you can look back at a players performance, say it was quite poor by his standards yet he still has a goal and an assist to his name? That’s world class. Van Persie was a bit off colour this afternoon. Not worryingly so, but he has set his standards so high that you are surprised when he doesn’t play magically. He was caught offside plenty of times too – I think he has been hanging around with Hernandez too much.

Wayne Rooney 7 – Rooney epitomised the style that United had this afternoon. Dogged, committed, fighting – he was always back and biting at the heels of Everton in possession. He was involved in pretty much all of our attacking build up and his deeper role was surely a sign of the game he will likely be playing in Madrid on Wednesday.

Substitutions

Michael Carrick 6 – As soon as he came on, you felt a sense of calm sweep across the team. Our ever present this season, he marshalled the midfield and made sure that Everton, despite their late surge at the end, didn’t put too much pressure on our defence. He’ll be critical if we are to get a result on Wednesday.

Chris Smalling N/A

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