Player Ratings: United v Villa: Herrera & Young Dominant

De Gea – Spent the entire game with nothing to do but was largely at fault for the concede goal. Second error in as many games too, which is highly unlike the Spaniard. 4

Valencia – Stretched the game well by attacking down the right at every given opportunity. Crossing quality was inconsistent. Had little else to do at the back. 6

Jones – Was challenged by Benteke a few times and still looked clumsy with his challenges, but had a quiet day overall. 6

Rojo – Could have done better for the Villa goal but it was a good performance otherwise. Nearly came close with a wonder goal from 30 odd yards. 6

Blind – Looking more and more at home with the left back position as each game progresses. Set up Herrera for the first and continued to be a thorn for the Villa defence throughout the rest of the game. 7

Carrick – Dictated the game to his liking and kept the ball completely away from the opposition. Always in control. 7

Herrera – Playing with freedom and confidence now as he bagged himself a brace. First time in years since we had a proper all-round class midfielder. 8

Fellaini – Held the ball well and brought his teammates into play with deft touches and good passing. Never thought I’d be writing these words.. 7

Young – Looking every bit our Player of the Season as he bombarded with opposition defence with crosses. Came close too after cutting in and shooting just wide. Exciting every time he received the ball. 8

Mata – Involved throughout but nowhere near as dazzling as his previous outings. Still gave the Villa defence a lot to think about. 7

Rooney – Poor in the first half but scored a stunner and grew into the game afterwards. Helped lead the team to victory. 7


Di Maria – Another game, another assist. Not bad for an apparent flop. 6

Falcao – Just not happening for him at the moment. His mishit volley summed up his time at Old Trafford. 4


Louis van Gaal – The team finally seem to have understood this philosophy that we’ve been hearing about for the last few months. A controlled, measured performance where the players dictated the game without taking too many risks. Instead, they waited for the right time to attack and tear the Villa defence in half. We can finally start looking up the table towards second place rather than worry about fourth spot. I doubt we’ll be seeing those David Moyes comparisons any time soon. 8

Referee: Rooney was clearly pulled back in the first half, which was a clear sending off. 4

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