Manchester United player ratings against Spurs: How did Cleverley and Smalling fare?

Inside Old Trafford

A disappointing performance sees United lose to Spurs at Old Trafford for the second year in a row.

Goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen defeat United at home, while Danny Welbeck scores for a United team lamenting several refereeing decisions.

Below are player ratings for the Reds:

David de Gea 6/10 - Saved from Lennon as Spurs nearly opened scored against the run of play. Had no chance with Adebayor's header but will be disappointed with failing to keep out Eriksen's diving header.

Chris Smalling 6/10 - Initially got forward well in support of Valencia and had a couple of neat flicks to find teammates. Allowed Adebayor an easy leap for his goal, and was withdrawn on the hour as Moyes went for a more attacking approach. 

Nemanja Vidic 6/10 - Headed just wide from a corner but failed to make the most of the numerous other set-pieces that went United's way. Found Adebayor hard-work, and surprisingly lost out to Soldado in a couple of aerial challenges.

Jonny Evans 6/10 - Looked comfortable against Tottenham's attack to begin with, and even dribbled through the opposition early on, earning a free-kick in the process. But found it difficult against Adebayor and Soldado following that, and failed to defend the centre of the six yard box as United conceded two goals from that area.

Patrice Evra 5/10 - Had a difficult game against Aaron Lennon, losing out to the flying winger on more than one occasion. One of his strongest attributes used to be his pace, but he seems to struggle now against rapid opposition.

Antonio Valencia 6/10 - United's most dangerous player in the opening period, during which he exploited Rose on more than one occasion. Once he moved to right-back he was much less effective in his play, and he lost Eriksen for his goal.

Michael Carrick 6/10 - The ex-Tottenham player struggled to influence the game as his former club's midfield took control of the central areas. Substituted on the hour.

Tom Cleverley 5.5/10 - Continues to look short of the quality expected from a United midfielder, and like Carrick, he struggled to dominate the Tottenham midfield four. At risk of losing his place to any incoming addition that Moyes will surely be looking to bring in.

Adnan Januzaj 6/10 - The youngster was a menace during the first few minutes, causing Walker problems. Drifted from the game after that, and moved to the right following the United substitutions, but still the side's most dangerous midfielder. Booked again for diving.

Wayne Rooney 7/10 -BEST PLAYER- Was part of most of the good things United did, and looked to get involved wherever possible when the team were struggling. Impressed both dropping deep and spreading play out wide, as well as a couple of times when he held off several Spurs players to keep possession.

Danny Welbeck 7/10 - Made a bright start to the game, getting behind the Tottenham defence a couple of times, but faded for the rest of the first half. Brought United back into the game immediately after Tottenham's second with a great run and chipped finish, and could have won a penalty following a Chiriches tackle on him.


Javier Hernandes (61') 7/10 - A threat once he came on and nearly scored with an audacious flick that Lloris did well to save. Set up Welbeck's goal with a clever pass.

Shinji Kagawa (61') 6/10 - Came on as part of an attacking reshuffle, but only had the occasional moment of danger.

Ashley Young (84') 6/10 - Perhaps unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty following Lloris' challenge. Was putting in crosses late on as United became desperate.

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