Manchester United player ratings from Everton loss: Jones awful, De Gea the only player to emerge with any credit

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David Moyes' side slumped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat on his return to Goodison Park, with former target Leighton Baines netting a penalty.

David de Gea 6/10 - The Spaniard had little chance with the Everton goals, though did help keep the score down. Saved a routine effort from Lukaku in the second half and one great leap down to his left to keep out a Naismith shot from distance.

Chris Smalling 5/10 - Switched from central defence to right back to begin with, Smalling struggled to get forward at all and was part of a United defence vulnerable to Everton's counter attacks. Later on, he moved back to centre back, though Everton continued to run riot.

Phil Jones 4.5/10 - The defender had an awful game in the centre of defence, giving away a poor penalty for handball that saw him booked and then incorrectly stepping up for the second goal giving Kevin Mirralas the time to fire home. Not looking like the "future United and England captain" everyone had hoped for.

Jonny Evans 5/10 - His first game back since an injury sustained at the start of February, Evans found the going really tough against a powerful and relentless Everton side, and was withdrawn on the hour. Could have given away a penalty for handball

Alexander Buttner 5/10 - Buttner experienced a torrid afternoon at Goodison Park, getting regularly roasted by whichever Everton attacker or (Irish) fullback came at him. 

Michael Carrick 5/10 - The difference between Carrick and former England rival Gareth Barry was enormous, with the United player completely unable to control the flow of the game. Barry on the other hand was superb, full of energy, smart tackling and great passing. Carrick more than lost the battle.

Darren Fletcher 5.5/10 - Early on Fletcher seemed to help United settle down into decent possession football. Like the rest of the midfield though, he struggled to move it forward into threatening positions, and him and Carrick looked far too slow and lacking in drive to disrupt Everton's superb counter attacks.

Juan Mata 5/10 - Juan Mata was moved all over the midfield by David Moyes to try and find a position for the former Chelsea man to do some damage. He was unable to provide a spark, and is still a long way off his top form after three months at the club.

Shinji Kagawa 5/10 - Played woefully out of position by Moyes, the Japanese international had no answer for the outstanding Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman on his flank. Displayed some decent moments in possession as United sought, and failed, to break through Everton's defence. Hit a good effort from range that Howard gobbled up.

Luis Nani 5/10 - Nani looked to be one of the more dangerous United players, with his quick feet winning some dangerous free kicks on the edge of the Everton box, but he still didn't influence the match, and drifted from proceedings after the first goal went in. Withdrawn with 30 mins left.

Wayne Rooney 5.5/10 - The former Everton favourite would have endured a frustrating return to his old stomping ground. As the only striker on the pitch, Rooney failed to lead the line at all, and was dropping deep to get the ball, rather than looking to make runs forward.

Substitutes:

Antonio Valencia 61' 5.5/10 - Came on to play at full back and was full of energy and running yet unable to get forward sufficiently.

Javier Hernandez 61' 5/10 - Looked eager to get involved once he replaced Nani but couldn't turn that desire into goal threat.

Danny Welbeck 75' 5/10 - Failed to affect the game after coming on late on and playing wide right. One neat trick to win a free kick. 

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