Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-1 Everton – Fellaini found his feet

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 6 – Probably his best performance of the season so far on a night to forget for Manchester United. De Gea made a number of smart stops throughout to deny Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas from distance and he also made a fabulous, if a little lucky, save against Deulofeu one-on-one.

Rafael 7 – Proved just how much he adds to United on his return from injury. Crossing was good and his intelligent link-up with Antonio Valencia down the right flank has been missed.

Chris Smalling 6 – Restored to his preferred centre-half position after a stint at right-back and looked fairly assured and composed throughout. Smalling made a couple of good blocks when Everton looked to get forward and read the game impressively. Lukaku did have the better of him at times.

Nemanja Vidic 6 – Did as well as can be expected against the physically formidable Lukaku and won 100% of his aerial duels. However, Vidic struggled in a number of shoulder-to-shoulder challenges against Lukaku. Noticeably more comfortable as the game became scrappy late on.

Patrice Evra 6 – Attacked well from left-back and covered the ground well with an orthodox left winger ahead of him absent for the majority of the contest. Perhaps unlucky not to score with a long-range effort and close range header.

Antonio Valencia 5 – Saw enough of the ball but his end product was rarely up to scratch with his usually good crosses typically lacklustre on the night. Valencia didn’t have the beating of Oveido and should have tracked the Costa Rican international better for Everton’s winner.

Ryan Giggs 5 – Might have scored with a glancing header in the first-half but Giggs was again reasonable in midfield. His passing was neat and accurate as well as inventive and he created more chances than any other player on the pitch, too. However, at times he was far too casual with the ball and put United in some sticky situations.

Marouane Fellaini 6 – Arguably United’s best player in the first-half and recovered the ball intelligently with his fair share of tackles in the middle. The Belgian faded a little in the second half but certainly looked fired up against his former club.

Danny Welbeck 5 – Squandered a super chance to put United ahead when he headed against the woodwork with the goal gaping. His link-up play was reasonable and the England international again put in a good shift but his goal output simply has to improve with his miss in the end costing United dearly.

Shinji Kagawa 6 – Came close with one close effort in the first half but Kagawa was again uninvolved for long periods of the game.

Wayne Rooney 6 – Had a number of chances to put United ahead. Hit the post with a deflected strike and again looked like the most likely player in a red shirt to score. Rooney’s link-up play was decent but he wasn’t the potent creative weapon he has been this season. A booking leaves him suspended for Saturday’s game against Newcastle.

Substitutes

Adnan Januzaj 6 – A classy cameo from the youngster who might have won a penalty after his introduction. The 18-year-old tested Tim Howard with a swerving drive and he looked capable of unlocking Everton’s resolute back line.

Nani 6 – The Portuguese international looked lively during his 30 minute appearance. If Moyes wants consistency from Nani, he has to show consistency in playing him.

Javier Hernandez – A late change for Welbeck, the Mexican didn’t really have a sniff as United struggled to create the chances which he thrives upon in the final ten minutes.

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