Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-1 Hull – Golden Januzaj and Wilson

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 6 – Very quiet evening for the Spaniard whose first real action was to pick the ball out of his own net after a fine strike from Matty Fryatt. Might have done a little bit better given the distance although he was partially unsighted.

Antonio Valencia 6 – Started very brightly in the role of a makeshift full-back. Combined impressively with Januzaj in front of him. Faded as the game wore on but was never really tested defensively.

Chris Smalling 7 – Assured in the centre, winning everything aerially and made a couple of good interceptions when Hull did come forward. One heart in the mouth moment when a sliding challenge almost found it’s way past de Gea.

Phil Jones n/a – Only lasted 17 minutes before coming off after sustaining a shoulder injury in a full-blooded challenge, and may miss the World Cup as a result.

Alexander Buttner 5 – Subdued offensively aside from one rocket shot which was blocked by teammates Fellaini. Crossing was a little off and defensively he wasn’t scrutinised enough to reveal his suspect defensive game.

Adnan Januzaj 9 – Excellent early on from the right, terrorising Figueroa in the early stages. The 19-year-old looked fresh and was a threat throughout, with a couple of mazy runs and dribbles reminiscent of United’s outgoing player-manager. Super end product.

Marouane Fellaini 4 – Played in a more advanced role but often slowed down United’s attacks and his technical inferiority was clear. Was a reasonable threat in Hull’s box heading the ball down for Wilson to rifle home but lacked any real composurein front of goal.

Michael Carrick 7 – Much improved from the weekend, Carrick’s passes had much more purpose and he looked assured in the centre alongside Kagawa. Perhaps beaten too easily by Fryatt for Hull’s goal.

Shinji Kagawa 6 – Played deeper in the midfield two tonight and had one or two nice moments of play but arguably would have been more useful utilized in a more advanced position. Efficient in possession.

Tom Lawrence 7 – The Welsh debutant made a good impression here and demonstrated some nice touches in and around the box. Certainly did not lack confidence. A few good snapshots on a reputation enhancing night for the youngster.

James Wilson 8 – The stuff that dreams are made of. Wilson looked sharp from the outset, coming close early on before getting his debut goal just after the half hour, showing superb awareness. Added a second before the hour and appears destined for big things after a prolific season.


Nemanja Vidic 7 – Brought on earlier than expected but was the calming presence he has been throughout his eight seasons in Manchester. Imperious aerially on the skippers final appearance at Old Trafford. He will be missed.

Robin van Persie 7 – Seemed sharp and raring to go and was a world away from the dejected figure he cut under Moyes. Smashed home one goal and could have had another but his overall contribution was positive.

Ryan Giggs 7 – All the superlatives for Giggsy have surely been exhausted, but the United legend was excellent on potentially his final ever home appearance for the Reds. Played with his head up, grabbed an assist, came close from a free-kick and showed he hadn’t lost it when he skinned Alex Bruce.

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