Man United 4 QPR 0: Player ratings as Angel di Maria sparkles

Man United 4 QPR 0: Player ratings as Angel di Maria sparkles on Red Devils home debut

By Daniel Jolly
Man United
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QPR
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Manchester United

David De Gea Spanish stopper wasn’t tested for the majority of the game but was lucky to get away with shanked clearance. 5/10

Rafael da Silva Typical all-action display from the Brazilian full-back as he was useful at both ends of the pitch. Making his first start since March’s victory against Aston Villa. 7

Jonny Evans Powerful presence at the heart of the home defence and was willing to pass to all areas of the pitch. Made crucial block to deny Phillips. 6

Tyler Blackett The latest Academy graduate from the United conveyor belt looked more comfortable after being catapulted into first-team reckoning. 5

Marcos Rojo Formed a useful Argentine axis on the left-hand side for the hosts. Solid display after protacted wait for work permit. 6

Daley Blind Integral part of the new system employed by the hosts as was key in distributing the ball and breaking up any sniff of a threat. 6

Ander Herrera Always keen to get involved in attacking proceedings in hard-working performance and got his reward with accurate finish to double the lead. 8

Angel Di Maria (man of the match) Dream debut for the £59.7m midfielder as he opened the scoring after 23 minutes with a teasing free-kick which evaded everyone. Direct running and early crosses made him a constant threat. 9

Juan Mata Tipped to be the next victim in Louis van Gaal’s cull and looked subdued for long periods but netted after Di Maria scuffed a shot. Spaniard has now scored eight goals in his last 10 league games for United. 6

Wayne Rooney Newly-anointed skipper for club and country ensured that contest was effectively over before the break with a well-taken third. Has now scored 175 PL goals, putting him joint third in the all-time list with Thierry Henry. 7

Robin van Persie Dutch forward still looks lacking in match sharpness and needs to do more to keep his new Colombian team-mate out of the side. 5

Substitutes

Radamel Falcao Missed good chance to open his account but was denied by a good stop from Green. Showed neat touches to link attacks. 5

Antonio Valencia Employed in a now familiar full-back role after his introduction and always willing to offer an overlap. 5

Adnan Januzaj N/A

Queens Park Rangers

Robert Green Had no chance with the goals. Made good stops to ensure floodgates didn’t open further. 5

Mauricio Isla Solid performance from the full-back but always had his work out against the unstoppable Di Maria. 6

Rio Ferdinand Had a difficult afternoon on his return to a club where he made 455 appearances and won 10 trophies. 5

Stephen Caulker Tipped to be an England prospect but was guilty of backing off the onrushing forwards too often. 4

Clint Hill Veteran defender found it tough going against the tireless pairing of Herrera and Rafael. Substituted at half-time. 5

Sandro Tough-tackling Brazilian will prove to be a valuable asset as the spoiler in the Rangers midfield and worked hard to try and contain a wealth of talent in the home ranks. 6

Leroy Fer Poor display from the strong midfielder. Passing was often off target. 4

Niko Kranjcar Showed neat touches in midfield areas and forced home keeper in a smart low stop in early stages of second half. Now in his fourth spell under the management of Harry Redknapp. 5

Matt Phillips Former Blackpool winger found life difficult as he was well-marshalled by new boy Rojo. Failure to make the most of opportunity in first half proved pivotal. 5

Junior Hoilett Pacey winger was forced into defensive areas on a regular basis by the forward-thinking tendancies of Rafael. Made little impact. 4

Charlie Austin Difficult afternoon for the potent forward. Given no service as wingers were stifled. 4

Substitutes

Armand Traore Bearded Frenchman added different option to the R’s, and meant they had more width going forward. 6

Eduardo Vargas Chilean striker should have made more of rare sight of goal for visitors after Blackett’s error. 5

Karl Henry Straight swap for the injured Sandro and didn’t make an impact on proceedings. 4

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