Player Ratings: United v Newcastle: Smalling & Evans Horror Show

David De Gea – Produced yet another performance that would have you wondering how far down the table we would be had it not been for his miraculous saves this season. Sublime. 8

Antonio Valencia – Involved in the attacks in the first half but his crossing was a disappointment as per usual. 5

Jonny Evans – Should have been sent off after spitting at Cissè. Despicable behaviour. 2

Chris Smalling – Twenty minutes in was all that was needed for the first mistake to pop up. Extremely lucky not to have given away a penalty. Shaky throughout. 3

Marcos Rojo – Provided some threat going forward and was desperately unlike with one shot from distance which went wide. 5

Daley Blind – His lack of pace was exposed on numerous occasions and nearly paid the price as a result. Failed to offer anything going forward either. Bad day at the office. 5

Ander Herrera – Timid compared to his usual self, he created very little for his teammates and nearly threw the game away in one instance of madness. Another disappointment. 4

Angel Di Maria – Started off on a positive note and grew into the game as he created numerous chances for his teammates from out wide. Bizarrely taken off. 6

Ashley Young – A disappointing performance overall but his last-gasp winner will more than make amends from a somewhat poor outing. His season continues to get better by the game, and I’m delighted for him. 6

Marouane Fellaini – Largely ineffective up front. Slow on the ball and very predictable with his movement. Practically offered nothing and was lucky to last so long on the pitch. 4

Wayne Rooney – Missed two absolute sitters in the first half and was poor overall but his hard work was a great contributor to the late winner. 5


Adnan Januzaj – Unable to turn things around. 5

Juan Mata – N/A

Michael Carrick – N/A


Louis van Gaal – More questions will be asked after yet another shockingly poor performance but again, a win is a win. Although it wasn’t achieved in the most exciting manner, I’m just relieved to see us walk away with three points. As long as we keep winning, regardless of how we’re performing, I’ll remain content. It is a transition season after all. Long may these jammy victories continue. 5

Referee: Made many errors including sending both Evans and Cissè off. 4

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