Player Ratings: Hull City 2-3 Manchester United: Rooney continues setting the standard

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 7 – Could do little about either of Hull’s goals but left Manchester United fans with their hearts in mouths after coming out to claim a ball he had little chance of getting. Made up for it with a fabulous late stop to deny Chester and generally commanded his box assertively.

Rafael 5 – Did little of note before limping off in the first half with a groin problem.

Jonny Evans 5 – Got off to a wretched start when he poked David Meyler’s daisy cutter into his own net but recovered relatively well as the game progressed.

Chris Smalling 7 – Halved United’s defecit with a well taken header and looked fairly comfortable after a hectic opening period. Impressed as United came under the cosh late on but his distribution was erratic.

Patrice Evra 5 – A quiet game for the usually threatening Frenchman. Offered little in the attacking third and had a few suspect moments defensively.

Antonio Valencia 6 – Attacking threat was somewhat curtailed as he switched to right-back but still managed to offer a decent attacking outlet. Looked reasonably solid defensively but was sent-off for a petulant second yellow.

Tom Cleverley 7 – His recent renaissance continued with another respectable midfield outing. Kept the ball well and buzzed around in the centre but might have been more inventive in possession.

Darren Fletcher 6 – Fabulous to see Fletcher starting again and showed some signs of his old, lung-bursting self. Kept United ticking over in midfield during a 60 minute outing.

Ashley Young 7 – Afforded a rare league start after an impressive streak and didn’t disappoint. Provided a good threat particularly when operating from the right-hand side, with a lovely delivery leading to United’s winner.

Wayne Rooney 8 – Operated deep and had a stint in midfield and linked the play well. His superb set-piece delivery led to United’s first and Rooney displayed fabulous technique for the second, while his downright persistent saw Chester head into his own net.

Danny Welbeck 7 – Contributed well during United’s build-up play. Continues to link up with Rooney during van Persie’s absence but rarely had a sniff at goal despite his good form in front of goal recently.

Substitutes

Adnan Januzaj 7 – Harshly booked in the first half which saw him somewhat walking a disciplinary tightrope. Gave Figueroa a torrid time at left back but struggled to have a huge impact on play in the second half.

Javier Hernandez 5 – Should have played Welbeck in to ease the pressure on United in the second half and often struggled to control the ball when he had it. A frustrating cameo appearance for the Mexican.

Michael Carrick 6 – Brought on to sure things up in the centre and looked typically classy in possession. Great to have him back ahead of an important period for the Reds.

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