Man United 0 West Brom 1: Player ratings as Wayne Rooney struggles

Player ratings as West Brom stun Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday evening

Manchester United

David De Gea The Spaniard saw the ball so infrequently that one hopes he was charged an entrance fee to get into the stadium today. He conceded the opening goal without having to make a proper save. Untroubled. 7/10

Antonio Valencia As the visitors were very defensive, the Ecuadorian was able to bomb forward as he did in a previous life as a right winger. 7

Chris Smalling The former Fulham defender has started to look more assured as the senior figure at the heart of the United defence and did very little wrong against West Brom. 7

Paddy McNair You cannot miss opportunities as easy as his header after the penalty miss. The youngster also gave away the free-kick which led to West Brom’s goal. 5

Daley Blind Perhaps a little off pace after returning to the line-up from injury. 6

Juan Mata The former Chelsea player was not at his inventive best as he often found himself wide on the right. If he were deployed through the centre, his ability to unlock defences would be more apparent. 6

Ander Herrera The Spaniard was unable to match the physical presence of the opponents and found himself often forced to play one too many square passes. 5

Marouane Fellaini The Belgian who has become so important to United this season tried to force openings but West Brom found a way to keep him quiet over the course of the game. 6

Wayne Rooney When will Louis van Gaal realise that his captain is not be deployed in midfield. In spite of this, a rather subdued performance. 5

Robin van Persie The former Arsenal forward did little to inspire in the first half and found Boaz Myhill in amazing form after the interval as the Dutchman wasted United’s best chance at getting something from the game. 6

Subtitutes

Angel di Maria The expensive Argentinian came on fro Daley Blind and carried the host’s main threat throughout the second half. Unlucky not to score late on. 7

Radamel Falcao No time to make an impact. N/A

West Brom

Boaz Myhill (Man of the match) Two great saves from Van Persie’s penalty to keep his team in front and then from the rasping volley from the Dutchman late on. Perhaps saved his best for last as he acrobatically prevented Angel di Maria from grabbing an equaliser. The Welsh international is proving to be a worthy replacement for the stricken Ben Foster. 9

Craig Dawson One quarter of West Brom’s rigid rearguard. A fantastic performance from the young defender. 8

Jonas Olsson Unwittingly gave his side the lead from Brunt’s driven free-kick but proved an integral part of Tony Pulis’ defensive unit. 8

Gareth McAuley The Northern Irish international has become one of Pulis’ key players at this important time of the season. Another strong performance from McAuley at the heart of the Baggies’ backline. 8

Joleon Lescott The former Manchester City defender perhaps not look as comfortable at left-back as he does in the centre but coped well with the pace of the host’s wide players. 7

Claudio Yacob The Argentinian is out of contract in the summer and the Baggies faithful are keen for the club to retain his services. He is the sort of the player ironically that United need to find in the summer to supplement or replace Michael Carrick’s aging and injury-prone limbs. 7

Craig Gardner The English midfielder worked tirelessly over the course of the game and showed the requisite discipline to give West Brom the three points. 7

Chris Brunt A scorcher of a free-kick which gave the visitors the victory, the man from Belfast was frequently West Brom’s out ball as he tried to launch a number of counter attacks. 7

Youssouf Mulumbu The midfielder was perhaps the Baggies’ weakest link in their stoic performance at Old Trafford. 6

Darren Fletcher Returning to his former side after 12 success-laden seasons, the Scotland captain won the free-kick which led to his current side’s opener. As Pulis’ on-field general, he drilled his cohorts magnificently. 8

Saido Berahino The forward did what was expected of him in Pulis’ containing formation, chasing down and harrying defenders. The Burundi-born England under-21 striker was unlucky to give away the penalty, but in these high times of ludicrous handball decisions, he should have been more clever and not had his arms in an ‘unnatural position’ – whatever that means. 6

Subtitutes

Andre Wisdom No time to make an impact. N/A

Chris Baird Another body for Manchester United to bypass. 6

Brown Ideye The Nigerian did much the same job as Berahino. 6

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