Swansea 1 Man United 4: Player ratings as Van Persie fires Red Devils to win

Swansea 1 Man United 4: Player ratings as Robin van Persie inspired the Red Devils to an emphatic win at Liberty Stadium

Swansea
1
Man United
4

Swansea

Michel Vorm Very little he could for all of United’s goals. Had a tough evening keeping goal. 5/10.

Angel Rangel Was effectively an auxiliary right winger, was constantly in the United attacking third and whipped in some teasing crosses. Defended his flank well. 6/10.

Chico Flores Caught out for Van Persie’s opener and couldn’t recover to stop the Dutch man from scoring. Roused the crowd with a full-blooded challenge on Welbeck in the first half. 5/10.

Ashley Williams (Captain) Looked dangerous from set-plays and corners but could never get a telling touch in the United penalty box. Lack of pace was exploited by Welbeck and could not get to grips with Van Persie. 4/10.

Ben Davies Almost a carbon copy of Rangel, constantly on the attack and whipped in several dangerous crosses into the United box. Got drawn out of position and allowed Valencia to provide the assist for Welbeck’s first goal. 5/10.

Jose Alberto Canas Busy debut for the Spaniard. Ploughed through Cleverley in the opening moments and picked up a well-deserved yellow card. Looked to move Swansea forward at every opportunity. Cleared off the line from a Evra header. 7/10.

Leon Britton Underwhelming performance from the miniature midfielder and was substituted at half-time. 3/10.

Nathan Dyer Worked his channel superbly in both defence and attack. Pinned Evra back at stages. Popped up in various positions in and around the United box and constantly found himself in space. 7/10.

Jonjo Shelvey The ex-Liverpool man started brightly alongside Canas in the heart of the Swans midfield. Looked to push forward from deep with late runs but faded towards the end. 6/10.

Wayne Routledge Did little wrong, but was quite ineffective. Never got himself into the game. 5/10.

Michu Looked to pressurise Ferdinand and Vidic from the off. Worked De Gea on couple of occasions and was an ever present danger. The Spaniard lacked quality and never managed clear cut chance. 6.

Substitutes

Wilfried Bony Took some time to get going and also find his touch, but got up and running with a goal on his debut. Linked well with Michu at times. 6/10.

Pablo Hernandez Picked Bony out in a tight space on the edge of the box for an assist. 6/10.

Manchester United

David De Gea Parried shots from Dyer and Michu early on and struggled to hold on to the wet ball. Not a whole he could do for the goal. 6/10.

Phil Jones Drifted out of position into the centre of defence on occasion, but wasn’t punished for his poor positioning. Failed to stop several crosses from his channel. Did just enough throughout. 5/10.

Rio Ferdinand Looked to move forward with the ball out of defence and picked some nice passes. Agitated and shaky in the opening few minutes but grew into the game and snuffed out Michu and co on several occasions. 6/10.

Nemanja Vidic (Captain) Slow start for the Serbia international but like Ferdinand his grasp tightened on the game and had a solid finish to the game as captain of the champions. 6/10.

Patrice Evra Solid performance. May not have gotten forward as much as he usually does but defended well against Rangel and Dyer. Had a header cleared off the line. 7/10.

Tom Cleverley Possibly the most well-rounded display to date from the young midfield man in a United shirt. Rarely gave the ball away and worked well with Carrick. 7/10.

Michael Carrick Quiet but effective. Dominated the midfield and stroked the ball around and retained possession imperviously for 90 minutes. Shielded the back four well. 7/10.

Antonio Valencia Yellow carded early on for a body check on Canas. Marshalled Davies well and provided an intelligent and calm assist for Welbeck’s firt, but still struggles to find his best form. Looked hesitant to take his man on. 6/10.

Danny Welbeck Found it hard to link up with Giggs in the first half. Was in the right place at the right time for his first goal and took his second goal beautifully. Was caught in possession on a few occasions, one of which lead to Swansea’s goal. 6/10.

Ryan Giggs The 39-year-old had an indifferent game. Struggled to get on the same wave length as Welbeck but provided the assist for the opening goal. Hit several wayward passes. 4/10.

Robin van Persie (man of the match) Looked isolated in the opening moments, but eventually grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. Took his first goal superbly with an eloquent first touch and finished at an awkward height. Took on the Swansea defence and smashed home a second goal. Fantastic movement and hold up play kept the Dutch striker head and shoulders above the rest. 8/10.

Substitutes

Wayne Rooney Came off the bench and provided assists for both van Persie and Danny Welbeck. 7/10.

Anderson. N/A.

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