Player Ratings: United v Spurs: Midfield Maestros Dominate Victory

De Gea – A relatively quiet day but was required to make an unorthodox save from Harry Kane in the second half. Should be pleased with yet another clean sheet. 6
Valencia – A lot better defensively following last week’s debacle. Still involved with the attacks but remained deeper in the pitch than we’ve come to expect. 6
Jones – Nearly scored a shocking own-goal thanks to yet another lapse in concentration. Grew into the game following his error and produced one of his best performances all season. 7
Smalling – Formed a solid partnership with Jones and gave the Spurs attack very little room to work in. 7
Blind – Heavily involved from the flank, he used his passing to perfection rather than relying on his pace (or lack of). Comfortable defensively too for most of the part. 7
Carrick – Little surprise that his inclusion saw the side produce its best performance all season. Shielded the defence and offered creativity going forward. Set up the first and scored the second. 8 (MOTM)
Herrera – Passed the ball well and always created options for his teammates thanks to his movement. 7
Fellaini – Ran at the opposition and bullied them all game. Scored with a wonderful finish, set up the second and nearly assisted a third. Dominant performance. 8
Young – Saw a lot of the ball down the left and formed a great partnership with Blind. Only disappointment was the lack of end product from his crosses. 6
Mata – Will have left the manager with a headache following such an impressive performance. Was everywhere in the first half and was duly taken off to a standing ovation by the Old Trafford crowd. 8
Rooney – Pressured the Spurs defence all game and was rewarded following a defensive error, which he slotted away cooly. 8
Pereira – A quiet debut. 6
Rafael – N/A
Falcao – N/A
Louis van Gaal – Without a doubt, United’s best performance all season. The side was set up from the start to attack, and attack they did. The passing was precise and with purpose, and the tempo was elevated right from the start. Spurs had no chance. And yet, watching that, you’re left to wonder why we’ve been unable to produce these types of performances all season.. Still, I’m enjoying it whilst I can, and have the manager to thank for it. 8
Referee: N/A

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