Player Ratings: Everton 3 United 0 : Smalling Stands Alone

De Gea – Not his best performance by any means but still pulled off one memorable save. Might be a bit early to say this but it looks like he’s off to Madrid based on current form. 5

Valencia – After a lengthy purple patch, today proved a brilliant reminder as to why it’s incredible we’ve played an entire season with a winger at right back. 3

Smalling – One of very few individuals who can look back at this game and not hate themselves. Growing into his role and key to United’s defence. 7

McNair – Looked every bit out of place as you would expect from someone in his shoes. Poorly positioned and panicked on the ball. Costly for the first. 4

Shaw – Found his match in Lennon, who pegged him back and stopped him from being his usual attacking threat from out wide. Cautioned in the second half. 5

Blind – Hardly offered any sort of protection for the defence and looked mundane on the ball. Offered little going forward in terms of passing. 3

Herrera – Lack of spark in his passing around the opposition box but still a whole lot better than his teammates. 5

Fellaini – Seemed fazed by a return to his old club. Made numerous silly fouls and was taken off to ensure he wasn’t sent off. Offered nothing whatsoever. 3

Young – Put in a few good crosses but did little else all game. Should have marked his post better for the Everton second. 4

Mata – A day to forget for the playmaker. Saw his fair share of the ball but was unable to make anything happen before being hauled off soon into the second half. 3

Rooney – For all the praise he receives, he sure knows how to go anonymous in the big games where United have their backs to the wall. Offered nothing in his annual Goodison Park c*** up. 2


Falcao – Unable to do anything but fall down every time he touched the ball. 4

Di Maria – Tried to heat things up but nothing worked. 5

van Persie – N/A


Louis van Gaal – Not a good day at the office to say the least. Team looked destined to lose right from the start and his decisions had little influence in turning the tide. This result could prove costly but there’s hope still. 3

Referee: Allowed the home side to trample all over United whilst not offering offering the United players any leeway. 4

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