Player Ratings – Man United 3-1 Burnley: Di Maria back on form

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United beat Burnley 3-1 last night at Old Trafford but the score is flattering and doesn’t tell the full story of what was an awful first-half. Here are our player ratings from the game:

David de Gea 7 Could do little about the header from Danny Ings but made one of his much needed top class saves to keep Burnley at bay again. Showed his importance, not the first time.

Patrick McNair 6 A very solid game for the man van Gaal claimed could be United’s right-back for the next decade. During some calamitous defending, the youngster kept his head and had a good night.

Phil Jones N/A Only lasted four minutes before rolling his ankle, hopefully he won’t be out for too long.

Jonny Evans 4 Woeful first half performance, improved slightly as United settled down in the second but needs to be much better when called upon.

Marcos Rojo 5 Had a quiet but solid night filling in for the suspended Luke Shaw at left-back, but fans will want to see him back in the middle come Monday night.

Daley Blind N/A A knock on the head forced Blind out early on, it didn’t seem overly serious and given his form fans will hope he’s back soon.

Wayne Rooney 6 Played a captain’s role. Was United’s defensive midfielder, worked his socks off and put in a great shift. Surely it’s not his permanent role though.

Angel Di Maria 8 Back to his best. On a night where United needed some individual class, he gave it. Brilliant cross for the second goal before winning a penalty. Was unlucky not to score himself. Man of the match.

Adnan Januzaj 6 Not the worst night for the young Belgian. Looks comfortable in the middle but needs to work on his decision making, had a certain goal blocked on the line.

Radamel Falcao 5 Didn’t really happen tonight, nice little header set up the first and all was rosy. But both he and van Persie struggled together again, his time at Old Trafford is ticking down.

Robin van Persie 5 Had another relatively anonymous night as United struggled early on. But, he showed his experience to tuck away a penalty under pressure to seal the points for United.

Substitutes

Chris Smalling 7 Bizarre night for Smalling. Scored with his first touch, then scored again, lost Ings for the goal but was excellent from there on in. Certainly one he’ll remember.

Ander Herrera 6 The atmosphere inside Old Trafford lifted when the Spaniard came on and he gave van Gaal plenty to think about. Neat passing, looked assured and certainly should be getting more starts.

James Wilson N/A Late cameo for Wilson, pace once again proved problematic but he should get a 90 minutes against Preston on Monday.

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