Player ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City

by Sam Peoples

David De Gea 8: Made a few good near post saves to deny Swansea a second after Michu’s first. Dealt with most of what was thrown at him, bar a fantastic finish from Michu.

Phil Jones 7:  As solid as ever. Limited Swansea to little on the right hand side and often came up with United on the attack. Ever improving. Made a crucial challenge at 1-1 to deny Swansea an almost certain second goal.

Nemanja Vidic 8: Another solid performance. Gave Ashley Williams a good bashing and looked untroubled for most of the first half. Didn’t let Swansea’s pace advantage get the better of him. Looked tired towards the end.

Rio Ferdinand 9: Proved his partnership with Vidic one of the best yet again with another solid performance. Bar the teams lapse in the lead up to Michu’s goal and Rio letting Routledge behind him for a massive chance, they we’re fairly solid. Scored a dramatic 87th minute winner with a drilled volley. His first in just under five years.

Patrice Evra 7: Made his usual runs to add to United’s rampant attack for the first half an hour. Didn’t give Routledge too much space to work with in the first half but was asked a lot more questions in the second.

Danny Welbeck 8: Often brought the ball up with charging runs and fed it off to Kagawa. Endured a meaty challenge with Taylor and was replaced by Antonio Valencia just after the hour mark.

Paul Scholes 8: Came back into action and looked like he’d never been out. Was calm and composed in the midfield with Michael Carrick and knocked the ball about with considerable ease. Squandered a couple of chances but made some decent tackles too. Replaced by Anderson along with Welbeck.

Michael Carrick 7:  Didn’t see as much of the ball as Scholes but was still efficient in offloading it when he had it. Made a few challenges on loose balls and put in a strong performance.

Shinji Kagawa 8: Played in a fairly free role and dipped in and out of the game. Showed touches of class and bags of creativity. The best is still yet to come from Shinji.

Robin van Persie 7: Played in a slightly deeper role than usual, just behind Hernandez. Often came back to retrieve the ball and kick start another attack. Didn’t see too much of goal today but provided a threat from corners, one of which led to Ferdinand’s late winner.

Javier Hernandez 8: Looked sharp and found himself presented with a few chances. One of which he took in the 39th minute to give United the lead. Also hit the frame of Gerhard Tremmell’s goal in the opening ten minutes. Replaced by Ryan Giggs in the 75th minute.

Substitutions

Antonio Valencia 6: Found himself on the ball only a few times, didn’t really excite but didn’t really under perform. Story of the Ecuadorian’s season.

Anderson 7: Played a few decent balls to the front two in an attempt to get the second goal. Complimented Carrick in the centre of the park.

Ryan Giggs 7: The day wouldn’t of been complete without him. Had a few runs at Triendalli but nothing of real importance.

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