Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-1 Sunderland – Atrocious doesn’t cover it

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 5 – Not a great deal to do in the way of shot-stopping and wasn’t at fault for Larsson’s goal. Woodwork came to his aid on more than one occasion but his kicking was poor.

Phil Jones 5 – Solid enough defensively but rarely gave Sunderland any trouble when he ran forward, having a minimal impact in the final third.

Rio Ferdinand 5 – Lack of concentration played a part in Sunderland’s opener. That aside, he was alright but was hit and miss in possession.

Nemanja Vidic 6 – On perhaps his final outing at Old Trafford, the skipper fared pretty well against in-form Connor Wickham but gave away a few silly fouls. Played the ball out well.

Patrice Evra 5 – Like Jones, he struggled to make a significant impact in attacking phases, seemingly lacking the legs to overlap. Johnson got the better of the Frenchman on a few occasions.

Nani 3 – Torrid afternoon for the wideman. The game seemed to pass him by and when he did get on the ball, his end product was shocking. Hooked after 52 minutes and surely won’t see much action in final two games of the season.

Darren Fletcher 5 – Too safe in possession and was sloppy in and around the opposition box, often being guilty of slowing United’s play down. Toiled hard, however.

Michael Carrick 4 – At fault for Sunderland’s opener as he failed to track Larrson’s run and was very poor in possession. His regression from this time last season was clear for all to see in a dreadful performance.

Ashley Young 4 – Started brightly but lacked intelligence in his play and was too happy to simply lump the ball in the box. His end product was atrocious. Not United quality.

Juan Mata 5 – Recalled after an impressive cameo and he was one of the best of a bad bunch. At least Mata wanted the ball to feet, and he had one or two good touches in and around the box, although his final pass varied. Substitution was bizarre.

Javier Hernandez 5 – Rarely involved in link-up play and when he had any meaningful touches in the box, he was often guilty of squandering chances.


Adnan Januzaj 6 – Injected directness into United’s play but fizzled out somewhat and struggled to carve a resolute Sunderland backline open.

Danny Welbeck 5 – Only had one real chance from outside the box and fired over. Willingness to run at defence at least gave O’Shea and co. something to think about.

Robin van Persie 5 – Made his long awaited injury return but struggled to impact on the game. Not a sniff in front of goal for the Dutchman.

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