Man Utd 2 Crystal Palace 0: Player ratings as Red Devils cruise to win

Man Utd 2 Crystal Palace 0: Player ratings from Old Trafford as goals from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney seal the win

By Jon Naylor
Man Utd
Crystal Palace

Manchester United

David De Gea A spectator throughout, the most activity he saw was a clearance from a Ferdinand back-pass. 6/10

Fabio Da Silva Very composed on his return to the side. Came forward at will and supported Valencia well in the first half, but as with Evra had almost no defensive responsibility. Will face sterner tests than this should he remain in the side. 7

Rio Ferdinand Very little to do, but caught in a poor position by Gayle in Palace’s best first half attack. That was the only mistake, but could have ended up costing his side. 6

Nemanja Vidic As with Ferdinand and De Gea, enjoyed a very quiet afternoon. Pipe and slippers time in the second half after the red card. 6

Patrice Evra Used primarily as an auxillary left winger and showed his class going forward on the overlap. Showed less in the final third once the game was safe, but a very strong performance to show Moyes his capability. 8

Antonio Valencia Didn’t show as much attacking threat as the rest of the United’s options going forward. Still searching for the form which created such a potent partnership with Rooney earlier in his time at Old Trafford. 6

Michael Carrick Another elegant performance in midfield, displayed some great skill and was very calm with the ball at his feet. United’s metronome showed exactly what England were lacking in midweek. 7

Anderson Looked very unsure in the first half, where he largely failed to assert himself on the midfield battle and committed plenty of misplaced passes. Improved when given more space following Dikgacoi’s red card, but surely most at threat from Fellaini’s arrival. 4

Ashley Young The conversation will revolve around two penalty incidents: one in which he was booked for diving, and the other which was given – both contentious. Plenty of crosses and endeavour but little reward from them. Took more shots in the second half cutting in from wide. 6

Wayne Rooney A bustling display, full of energy as you would expect. Fantastic ball to Van Persie should have led to opening goal and well-taken free kick sealed the points. Definitely more flashes of quality than a complete performance, as was shown in fluffed finish late on. 6

Robin van Persie United’s principal threat, as always. Crashed the bar with a right-footed volley late in the first half and calmly dispatched the penalty. Great movement in the box and always looked the likeliest to come up with a goal, but couldn’t capitalise as much as he would have wanted when faced with a numerical advantage in the second half. 7


Marouane Fellaini Received a riotous reception from Old Trafford when coming on and immediately fizzed in a strong volley, which had to be dealt with. Battled well in the centre of the park and far more imposing than Anderson. A cult hero in the making, as he was at Everton. 7

Adnan Januzaj What an eye-catching cameo – the Belgian had an instant impact with his pace and trickery down the left. Looked very lively and involved in plenty of encouraging attacking play. Full of confidence and certainly one to keep an eye on this season. 7

Javier Hernandez Not given enough time to make much of an impact, but had a chance right at the end of the match that he might have done better with. 6

Crystal Palace

Julián Speroni No chance with the penalty, but in everything else he performed as required. Some strong claims and punches when faced with a hail of crosses, and saved well from Young early in the second half. 6

Adrian Mariappa Decent debut from the former Watford man against difficult odds when United bombarded down the left. Showed he certainly has the ability for the top flight but lost the battle with Young, Evra and latterly Januzaj. 6

Danny Gabbidon His partnership with Delaney proved to be much tougher to break down than United might have thought. A very disciplined performance from the veteran capped off by a vital block with the last kick of the game. 8

Dean Moxey Part of the back line which held up brilliantly against United’s near-constant possession and pressure. Kept Valencia quiet, which might not have been the sternest task this afternoon. 6

Damien Delaney Plenty to do at the back, almost all of which was done well. Showed good strength, composure and headed most dangers clear. Made some vital blocks and interceptions in the second half. 6

José Campaña When given the chance, which was uncommon, he showed good eye for a pass and found space well. Too often on the periphery, though, Will surely look better in games where he is given more of an opportunity to impose his will. 5

Kagisho Dikgacoi Sent off for denial of a goalscoring opportunity on Young, which was far from clear-cut.. A disappointing end to a very promising first half in which he was as important as any in keeping Man Utd at bay. 5

Mile Jedinak Showed strength and discipline in the centre of the park, but was always facing an uphill battle after the dismissal of his midfield partner. Kept running, showed great heart and very strong positionally in front of the back four. One of Palace’s better players on the day. 7

Jason Puncheon Supported Mariappa well at the back but anonymous going forward and provided almost nothing for Gayle and Chamakh. Presented with a difficult task but will be disappointed he couldn’t have made more of an impact. 4

Dwight Gayle Palace’s most dangerous option. Great movement for their best first half chance, but might have just done better with dinked finish. Shared Chamakh’s isolation but showed great pace on the shoulder of the last man. Became tired and subbed off. 6

Marouane Chamakh The return of Arsenal’s invisible man. There was little support but he had almost no influence on the match at all. The only imprint was his studs on Vidic’s shins, which earned a booking. No intensity, no desire and rightfully subbed off. 3


Jimmy Kébé Saw about as much of the new signing as any other Palace attacker. Couldn’t make any inroads but very difficult to do when your side hasn’t got the ball. 6

Adlène Guedioura Full of running when he came on, he added energy and impetus to the midfield. 6

Cameron Jerome Joined Chamakh in the Bermuda Triangle at the summit of Palace’s attack. Ran much harder than the Moroccan but had no chance of making anything happen. 5

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