Man Utd 2 Swansea 0: Player ratings as Adnan Januzaj stars

Man Utd 2 Swansea 0: Player ratings as Adnan Januzaj impresses at Old Trafford

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon
Man Utd
2
Swansea
0

Manchester United

David De Gea Had little to do, but alert when called upon. 6/10

Rafael His first meaningful contribution on 37 should have led to a goal, with an excellent cut back for Welbeck, who skewed his shot wide. Was allowed to express his attacking instincts even more in the second half, and should have had an assist, but Kagawa hesitated. 7

Chris Smalling Limited involvement on his return to United’s central defence in place of the injured Jonny Evans, and somehow missed from three yards in the 65th minute following a cross from Kagawa. 6

Nemanja Vidic (Captain) On his 200th Premier League appearance, marshalled the defence well, save for the concession of a rather unnecessary late free-kick that could have brought back some of the nerves. 7

Patrice Evra Withstood Swansea’s attacks in the first period. Became more and more involved in the game as an attacking force in the second with a string of threatening crosses, and it was his shot which was deflected in by Welbeck on the 59-minute mark. Replaced by Büttner late on as United looked to wind down the game. 8

Antonio Valencia Some good work on the ball let down by poor decision-making, but was in the right place to slam in United’s opening goal as Swansea were caught cold after half time. 6

Darren Fletcher Unable to significantly influence the game in the first half, and shot over when he should probably have hit the target. However, kept United ticking over until the breakthrough, and one cheeky back heel in particular showed his and his team’s burgeoning confidence in the aftermath of the second goal. 7

Michael Carrick Typically controlled in possession, and was at the root of much of what was good in the first half. Will be content with his evening’s work. 7

Adnan Januzaj (Man of the match) On a day when United’s pre-match playlist featured “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” which very much put the lie to the prevailing doom and gloom. Very prominent in the early stages, hitting the bar with a curling free kick in the 10th minute, and a succession of good crosses and enthusiastic breaks thereafter. His performance was only really missing a goal. 9

Shinji Kagawa Took a while to get a feel for the game, and shot when he should have passed to Welbeck at 1-0. Grew in confidence and started looking for the ball more, but dragged a shot wide in the 74th minute when well placed, and really should have done better when one on one shortly after. 7

Danny Welbeck Heavily involved in United’s attacking endeavour throughout. Should have scored before half-time, and then did on 58 (his sixth in six league games) with a clever flick from Evra’s shot. Suddenly he was everywhere. 8

Substitutes

Alex Büttner Replaced Evra in the later stages, and will have much more difficult appearances for United. N/A

Javier Hernández Came on late on for Welbeck. N/A

Swansea

Gerhard Tremmel Some slightly erratic early distribution but settled down thereafter and was rarely troubled in the first half. However, he could easily have conceded twice in that first 45, and sure enough, he had done so by the hour mark, although there was little he could have done about either goal. 6

Angel Rangel Pushed forward as Swansea gained in confidence through the first half, but was booked on 37 for a late challenge on Kagawa, and perhaps that played on his mind. Put under a lot of pressure after the break. 5

Jordi Amat The 21-year-old centre-back was moved into midfield after Canas came off, and didn’t disgrace himself. Showed good attacking instincts after Swansea fell behind. 6

Ashley Williams (Captain) A quiet first period for the Swansea skipper, who did his utmost to keep out Valencia’s goal, but was unable to stem the tide after that had opened the floodgates. 6

Ben Davies A generally solid performance, but was nowhere to be seen as Kagawa won a free header in the build up to Valencia’s goal. 6

Jose Canas Injured early on and was withdrawn for Chico. N/A

Leon Britton A typically tidy performance on his 450th appearance for Swansea, at least until his team were overrun after the break. 6

Jonjo Shelvey Some clever through balls and dragged a shot wide when well placed in the first half. Sliced another opportunity well wide early in the second, and was substituted on the hour for Vazquez. 6

Alejandro Pozuelo A thrusting performance from the Spaniard, with energetic work to set up chances for Shelvey and Bony in the first half. Faded a little as United took control after the break, but never gave up trying to get Swansea back into the game, and had a shot blocked in the 83rd minute. 7

Wayne Routledge Demonstrated his team’s confidence while the game was at 0-0 with a delightful outside of the foot pass to Shelvey in first half injury time. However, that, in keeping with the rest of the half, came to nothing, and despite looking to get involved in central positions and tracking back well, was unable to create much in the second period. 6

Wilfried Bony Strong when the ball was played forward to him, and dropped back well to link up play. Perhaps a little fortunate only to see yellow for a lunging challenge in first half injury time, and his influence faded thereafter. 6

Substitutes

Chico Flores Caught out on a couple of occasions after coming on early to replace Canas, and was under pressure throughout. 5

Álvaro Vazquez Involved immediately after coming on, putting in some good crosses, and generally kept United honest. 6

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