Manchester United player ratings against Swansea

Manchester United were dumped out of the FA Cup by Swansea City on Sunday.

The Red Devils immediately fought back from an early deficit through Javier Hernandez, but ultimately defeated via Wilfried Bony’s 90th minute header.

David Moyes’ men have now lost five times at home across all competitions this term, seeing the Swans celebrate their first ever victory at Old Trafford.

Following are player ratings for United in their historic defeat at the Theatre of Dreams.


Anders Lindegaard – 5.5/10

Didn’t see a great deal of action, but was beaten on two of Swansea’s three total shots on target. Both were well-taken finishes, though he maybe could’ve done better.

Chris Smalling – 6/10

Strong out on the right of the defence, but was clumsy going forward and wasted several moves with inaccurate balls. Was caught in no-man’s-land on Bony’s winner when he should’ve been marking the Ivorian.

Rio Ferdinand – 6.5/10

Slightly troubled when confronted by pace, yet made use of his experience to remain solid. Limped off and was replaced by Fabio da Silva.

Jonny Evans – 7/10

United’s best defender. Was secure in possession, largely stood up to Bony and was unbeaten in the air throughout.

Alex Buttner – 6.5/10

Was energetic down the left flank and provided a lovely cross for Chicharito’s equaliser. Lost focus as time wore on and wasted a score of further opportunities to pick out a team-mate in the area.

Antonio Valencia – 5.5/10

Struggled to consistently link up with his team-mates in a productive way and had only 42 touches. Was duly replaced by Adnan Januzaj on 63 minutes.

Darren Fletcher – 6.5/10

Dictated play in the centre of the park and looked his old influential self. However, understandably tired down the stretch and was beaten to the byline by Wayne Routledge ahead of the decisive assist.

Tom Cleverley – 8/10

One of his best showings in a United shirt. Completed 96% of his passes, had a team-high 94 touches and made nine tackles. A promising display.

Shinji Kagawa – 7/10

Showed a bit of his trademark flair and on several occasions played those around him into dangerous areas. Yet, looked a bit handcuffed per usual at not being played centrally.

Danny Welbeck - 6/10

Worked hard but was let down by poor service in the attacking third. Seemed to lack a measure of his usual verve and wasn’t able to get away a single shot.

Javier Hernandez – 7/10

Recovered from a horror miss in the early going to produce a clean finish to draw United level. Didn’t affect proceedings a great deal after that, garnering only 34 touches.


Adnan Januzaj – 6/10

Came on for the disappointing Valencia but didn’t have the desired effect. Made several dangerous runs but lacked final product.

Fabio da Silva – 4/10

Stepped in for the injured Ferdinand and was sent off just four minutes later. His dismissal might have been a bit harsh, but came following a rash challenge nonetheless.

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