How did Manchester United's players fare in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace?
Here are the ratings for David Moyes' men...
David de Gea – 9 STAR MAN – dealt with a number of high, testing crosses well and produced a key save to keep Marouane Chamakh at bay shortly after United took the lead. Also showed great handling despite a number of bobbling shots.
Chris Smalling – 8 – Smalling filled in at right back once again and worked well defensively, but also offered a good outlet going forward, which has often been the knock on Smalling play full back.
Rio Ferdinand – 7 – Ferdinand continued his partnership with Nemanja Vidic, and dealt with the aerial threat of Marouane Chamakh, Glenn Murray and even Cameron Jerome late on.
Nemanja Vidic – 7 – He may be slowing down – and that showed at times – but Vidic is still dominant in the air and it was evident today against a number of big strikers.
Patrice Evra – 8 – Evra had one of his better games in recent times, shackling winger Thomas Ince and also offering width in attack. His bursting run in to the Palace box won the penalty to open the scoring.
Juan Mata – 7 – Mata wasn't quite firing on all cylinders, but improved in the second half as he looked to break down the Palace back four. His link up play with Evra down the left was particularly promising.
Marouane Fellaini – 8 – Fellaini also turned in a good display tonight, breaking down play in front of the back four and also getting forward to support the strikers in a performance that United fans will be hoping he can recreate.
Michael Carrick – 7 – Carrick operated in his usual role, keeping the ball moving and protecting the back four. His passing range wasn't quite what it usually is, but still an effective display from Carrick.
Adnan Januzaj – 7 – Januzaj had a goal ruled out for offside and was always looking dangerous on either flank, but could maybe have made better decisions, such as taking an early cross or looking for a pass rather than a low percentage shot – but that will come with time.
Wayne Rooney – 8 – Fittingly marked the signing of his new contract with a stunning goal to make it 2-0 and wrap the game up. That's what he's paid to do, and Rooney's goal helped take the pressure off United.
Robin van Persie – 7 – Van Persie was having a bit of a frustrating night before he smashed home the penalty, but his dangerous runs had the Palace defence worrying throughout.
Ryan Giggs – 6 – Giggs only had ten minutes on the field and closed down well, but managed to get booked in his short time on the pitch.
Antonio Valencia – 6 – as with Giggs, Valencia didn't really have enough time on the field to make an impact.
Darren Fletcher – 6 – an 88th minute substitute, Fletcher had little chance to impose himself on the game.
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