West Brom 2 Man Utd 2: Player ratings

Player ratings as the Red Devils play out four-goal thriller

By Iarla Duignan
West Brom
2
Man Utd
2

West Bromwich Albion

Boaz Myhill Despite United’s possession, it was very comfortable for Myhill. Assured under crosses and could not have done anything for either goal. 6/10

Andre Wisdom A very strong performance on the right. Got forward at times and played a lovely ball to Sessegnon for the first goal. 7

Craig Dawson (Man of the match) Marshalled Van Persie throughout, not giving the Dutchman a sniff. He and Lescott coped admirably despite the pressure from United. 8

Joleon Lescott Good game, but was poor for Fellaini’s goal. He could argue that he was pushed but he was not strong enough with the ball in the air. 7

Sebastien Pocognoli Very comfortable outing for the left-back. Was not tested by Januzaj, as United had little joy down the right. 7

Craig Gardner West Brom’s tactics meant that the midfielders saw little of the ball. Defensively, he kept the shape well, denying United joy down the middle for the most part. 7

James Morrison Like Gardner, had little possession but worked tirelessly. Booked. 6

Graham Dorrans Threatening early on, but after the goal was not in the game. Worked tirelessly. 6

Stephane Sessegnon Caused the United backline problems when he managed to get the ball. Great finish from the edge of the box. Faded late on and was replaced by Mulumbu. 7

Chris Brunt Perfect through ball for Berahino’s goal. Didn’t have much possession, but he covered well defensively, keeping Januzaj quiet. 6

Saido Berahino Did not have a touch all game, but goal-scorers only need one chance. His curling finish was a finish of confidence from a man in top form. 7

Substitutes

Youssuf Mulumbu N/a

Manchester United

David De Gea Nothing to do for game outside of the goals as West Brom rarely attacked. Has no chance for the goals as they were both sublime finishes. 6

Rafael Usual performance for the Brazilian. He tirelessly got up and down the right side. West Brom rarely attacked him defensively. 6

Phil Jones Hopelessly out of position for Berahino’s goal. Not much to do, but looked nervy at times when clearing. 5

Marcos Rojo Bit of a mixed bag. Struggled under the high ball early before steadying. Not close enough to Sessegnon for the first goal and too far away from Jones for the second. Booked at the end. 5

Luke Shaw Still settling in at his new club. Not strong enough in the build up to the first goal and was wasteful in possession. 5

Daley Blind Was asked to do a lot of the covering as his team-mates attacked. Great measured finish to save a point. Booked. 6

Ander Herrera Looked off the pace. Perhaps, his rib injury was still affecting him. He was sloppy on the ball, giving it away in promising areas a number of times. 4

Angel di Maria He wasn’t at the same level as other performances this season, but still menacing. His crosses were a constant threat and he provided the assist for Fellaini’s goal. 7

Juan Mata A poor outing in his favourite position behind the striker. Anonymous for the most part before his withdrawal in the 72nd minute. 5

Adnan Januzaj Finally got his chance to impress, but was extremely disappointing. Had plenty of possession, but he was slow on the ball and in his decision-making. 5

Robin van Persie Asked no questions of Lescott and Dawson when he led the line. Second best for most of the match and wasteful in his few chances. Hit the post after Falcao’s introduction. 5

Substitutes

Marouane Fellaini Immediate contribution with a wonderful goal three minutes after his introduction. Played too deep afterwards to utilise his strengths in the box. 6

Radamel Falcao Not enough time to influence the game properly. Laid the ball off for the equaliser. 5

Ashley Young N/A

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