Player Ratings: Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Manchester United: Ridiculous Rooney

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 7 – A good performance from the young Spaniard who continues to impress this season. De Gea was helpless for both goals and pulled off a number of decent stops throughout the contest, with one save to deny Aaron Lennon one-on-one the pick of the bunch.

Chris Smalling 6 – Smalling coped excellently with the threat posed by Nacer Chadli down the left hand side but continues to look awkward as a make-shift full-back. The England international offered little to the attack, aside from one poor cross.

Jonny Evans 7 – Yet another mature performance from the Northern Irish centre-half. Evans won his fair share of tackles, recovered the ball well and looked comfortable bringing the ball out of defence.

Nemanja Vidic 7 – Vidic was masterful in the air against both Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe. The big Serb read the game well but was booked for a cynical foul late on. His crunching tackle in the build up to Rooney’s penalty was probably the highlight of the game.

Patrice Evra 5 – Struggled with the pace of Aaron Lennon and was guilty with a late lunge in the opening stages that set the tone for what was to come. Booked and strangely subdued offensively.

Phil Jones 7 – Jones was combative and all-action in the centre, retaining possession relatively well throughout. Put in a wonderful cross in the first half that led to Rooney’s first equaliser.

Tom Cleverley 6 – Like Jones, Cleverley retained the ball efficiently in midfield but was typically unadventurous in possession and still lacks the killer pass forward. Might have got closer to Sandro prior to the Spurs’ man’s second-half thunderbolt.

Antonio Valencia 7 – Another solid outing from the Ecuadorian who has looked full of confidence in the past week. Valencia fared well against Jan Verthongen and while his end product wasn’t always brilliant, he looks to have re-captured his ability to beat a man.

Shinji Kagawa 6 – Struggled to replicate his midweek showing and found himself uninvolved in large spells of the game. Failed to influence the game from wide areas but Kagawa was well-disciplined positionally on the left flank.

Danny Welbeck 7 – Ran tirelessly and linked well with both Kagawa and Rooney at times in the contest. His electric pace carved out a good chance for Rooney in the first half and Welbeck also won a penalty after the interval when Lloris brought him down in the box.

Wayne Rooney 8 – Not his best showing this season but Rooney was decisive for United, equalising twice with his seventh and eighth league goals of the season. Rooney’s link-up play was typically sharp and he put a good shift in up front.

Substitutes

Javier Hernandez 5 – Didn’t have a sniff during the 20 or so minutes which he spent on the pitch but may start against Everton on Wednesday night.

Nani – Struggled to make an impact from the bench but like Hernandez, may find himself in the starting XI against Everton after his best display of the season so far in midweek.

Ashley Young Little of influence during his ten minute cameo.

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