Everton 2 Man United 0: Player ratings as Coleman sparkles

Everton 2 Man United 0: Player ratings as the Toffees seal a comfortable win to keep their top-four hopes alive

By Callum Orr
Everton
2
Man United
0

Everton

Tim Howard As quiet an afternoon as the American is likely to endure. Saved comfortably from Kagawa early on and ensured his clean sheet late on with a good stop at the feet of Rooney. 7/10

Leighton Baines Neatly tucked home a penalty to put his side in front, but was subdued going forward on the whole. Ensured Nani and Mata had a fruitless afternoon on the left hand side. 6

Sylvain Distin Solid in the first half before succumbing to injury at half time. Could comfortably play on at this level for another few years. 6

John Stones Rarely warranted a mention throughout thanks to a combination of the lacklustre performance of United’s front 5, and his own solid reading of the Premier League. A fine prospect. 7

Seamus Coleman (man of the match) Arguably Everton’s biggest threat to United’s feeble defence. Tore Büttner apart for the home side’s second, and Terrorised United’s right hand side throughout the afternoon. 8

James McCarthy Everton’s most important player. Another one of Martinez’s young guns that is playing at a level well beyond his years. Excellent again. 8

Gareth Barry Ghosted around the United front-men with relative ease. Carried out his defensive duties impeccably whilst allowing McCarthy to be the springboard for Everton’s attacks. The perfect partnership. 7

Kevin Mirallas Had plenty of fun against Büttner and the rest of United’s leggy back four, capped off a fine performance with a sweetly timed run and finish to grab his goal. 7

Ross Barkley An oddly frustrating afternoon for the young England midfielder out on the left hand side. Picked up yellow card and was brought off with 20 minutes left to play. 5

Steven Naismith A characteristically energetic performance from the former Rangers man, but spurned a couple of chances that would have sent the Champions home with their tails firmly between their legs. 6

Romelu Lukaku Drew the penalty from Phil Jones, and remained a constant nuisance to the back four. Unable to find the net but a very satisfying all round display. 7

Substitutes

Antolín Alcaraz A half-time replacement for Distin. Carried on the good work from his captain. 6

Leon Osman Replaced Barkley. N/A

Manchester United

David De Gea United’s player of the season. Hardly at fault for either of the goals, and produced a decent save late on to spare any further embarrassment for his struggling side. 5

Phil Jones Conceded an unnecessary penalty for the opening goal and seemed to be uncomfortable throughout. Far from the sort of form he has shown in recent weeks. 3

Chris Smalling Rarely launched a meaningful foray into the opposition half, and when he did his end product was weak and predictable. Left his forwards isolated before being moved to centre-back. 3

Jonny Evans Had a lot on his plate in the form of Mirallas and Lukaku whilst also having to look after his shaky left back, but was unable to stop the rot around him. United’s best centre-back at present. Replaced by Hernandez on the hour. 5

Alexander Büttner Where to start. The former Vitesse man was awfully out of his depth and it is baffling as to how he finds himself in a United shirt. 3

Michael Carrick Anonymous. Hard to point out any positive contribution throughout. His form is a real worry after proving to be so vital to his side’s midfield last season. 3

Darren Fletcher The Scot has been solid since his admirable return from illness, but this game proved to be one too many. Unable to control the rampaging Everton counter-attacks, and struggled to impact on the game going forward. 4

Nani Frustrating. What’s new? For such a talented player he rarely looked willing or able to cause his opponents any problems. Most probably in his final few games for the club. 4

Shinji Kagawa A subdued afternoon for the Japanese playmaker. Thwarted by Everton’s dominating midfield duo of McCarthy and Barry. 3

Juan Mata Unable to reproduce the sort of heroics shown at St. James’ Park 11 days ago, but still showed moments of skill and creativity that his side are so desperately lacking. 4

Wayne Rooney Consistently wasteful in possession, gave away the ball that resulted in Everton’s first goal. Often praised for his work-rate in his own half, but that desire to defend is starting to hinder United’s attacking flair. 3

Substitutes

Javier Hernandez Replaced Evans. Unable to impact the game. 3

Antonio Valencia Replaced Nani. Unable to impact the game. 3

Danny Welbeck Replaced Kagawa. His 10-minute cameo is unlikely to have improved his mood. N/A

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