Player Ratings: Everton 2-0 Manchester United – Shocking, abysmal and appalling

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 6 –¬†Manchester United’s potential player of the season’s first action was to pick the ball out of the net after a Baines penalty. Made a few good saves on a frustrating afternoon for the Reds and could do little about Everton’s second.

Chris Smalling 5 – Solid enough defensively but was again awkward when contributing in the final third at full-back. More solid in the centre after Evans was replaced.

Phil Jones 4 – Jones’ decision-making for Everton’s penalty was questionable and he was arguably culpable for the home sides second. Did mop up well on occasion but it was a tough afternoon for the England international.

Jonny Evans 5 – Relatively composed on his return to United’s lineup. Coped reasonably well with Lukaku but might have given away a penalty in the first half after a handball shout. Replaced as United re-shuffled defensively.

Alexander Buttner 5 – Struggled to have a notable impact in the final third and his role in Everton’s second was suspect. Subdued on an afternoon where he might have staked a bigger claim for the left back slot. Poorly protected by Kagawa, in fairness.

Michael Carrick 4 – Another poor afternoon for the 32-year-old. Dropped into defence adeptly but lacked invention in possession and was overshadowed by his midfield partner. Shameful bottling in the build-up to Everton’s second. Stuck in a rut.

Darren Fletcher 5 – Reports continue to speculate on Fletcher’s future but again he outperformed Carrick in the centre of midfield, buzzing around relatively well. Safe but tidy in possession.

Nani 4¬†– Bright opening period but struggled for consistency on his return from injury. Frustrated fans and teammates alike but offers a different threat to United’s other wingers and tested opposite number Baines on occasion.

Juan Mata 6 – At least looked to get on the ball and tried to make things happen for United. Little in the way of goalscoring chances and was perhaps a little shot shy but appeared to have the ability to unlock Everton’s defence.

Shinji Kagawa 5 – Again struggled to influence play from the left, although he did link well with Mata nicely around the box on occasion. Defensively, he might have done more as he left Buttner exposed by Coleman’s runs from deep.

Wayne Rooney 4 – Had barely featured at Goodison under Ferguson and for good reason as he was a passenger for large periods and appeared off the pace. One good chance after the break but was indecisive and had little joy in front of a hostile crowd.

David Moyes … Outhought by his sucessor Martinez on his return to Goodison and his decision to start Rooney was questionable. Impassive on the touchline and lacked the ability to change the game with his subs. Dead man walking.


Javier Hernandez 6 – Reasonable in terms of link-up play but didn’t really have a sniff in the way of goalscoring chances in a 30 minute cameo.

Antonio Valencia 5 – Rarely tested at full-back but struggled to impact on play from a defensive position.

Danny Welbeck 6 – Rumours abound about his future due to a perceived lack of chances up top, and again he was ignored until the game was almost up.

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