Manchester United player ratings: Mata, Shaw & Valencia impress - but it's another poor performance

Antonio Valencia

Louis van Gaal's side got the points against Crystal Palace - but their overall display left a LOT to be desired.

David de Gea - 7/10

This was the Spaniard's 50th clean sheet and he looked good when called upon. Not that that was very often.

Antonio Valencia - 7/10

The full-back seemed to impress Manchester United fans today and, defensively, Louis Van Gaal's men cannot be faulted too much, especially considering they put out yet another makeshift back four.

Paddy McNair - 7/10

The 19-year-old looked steady once again and his manager may wonder if he should just make the teenager his first-choice defender. He is certainly better than Chris Smalling. Already.

Daley Blind - 7/10

Coped well considering he had to switch between defence and midfield. Once again, though, it is worth pointing out that Van Gaal's side were rarely tested.

Luke Shaw - 8/10

United's man of the match - as voted by fans and overwhelmingly by pundits. The left-back bombed forward and provided creativity and energy in abundance. Defensively, Shaw looks much improved, as well. Questions will still rightly hover about the 19-year-old's £30 million pricetag but maybe he was a good signing after all!

Michael Carrick - 7/10

Like Blind, Carrick helped out defensively and looked solid in his first full game back. Some critics note that he may like to keep play a little too simple at times but others are keen to point out that his return and Man United's first clean sheet in a while is no coincidence.

Marouane Fellaini - 7/10

The Belgian impressed yet again and it may now be the case that the £27.5 million David Moyes spent on him will not go to waste. Was solid overall and almost scored with another header. Is Fellaini now a first-team regular?

Adnan Januzaj - 5/10

It is going forward, however, that Manchester United badly struggled today. Juan Mata only just managed to open the scoring after coming on thanks to a deflected shot. The man he replaced, Adnan Januzaj, is looking in very bad form.

Angel Di Maria - 6/10

And Angel Di Maria was not much different. The Argentine may be in need of a rest as he has looked sub-par in the last few weeks. Van Gaal also noted after the game that he felt Di Maria struggled because there was little space against Crystal Palace, preventing him from dribbling.

Wayne Rooney - 5/10

It looked as though the England captain was warming up for the international break nicely - by producing the kind of poor performance he does for his country on a regular basis.

Robin van Persie - 4/10

Rooney, though, was no worse than Robin van Persie. And, despite all the talk of Van Gaal dropping his experienced striker, the Dutchman both started and completed the 90 minutes for United. On this form, he should be dropped.

Substitutes

Juan Mata - 8/10

The man who changed the game for United. Mata came on in the second half and provided the spark his team-mates were desperately missing. His goal was deflected but, at the end of the day, he was Van Gaal's match-winner.

James Wilson - 6/10

Came on with 20 minutes to go and needs a full game if we are to really see anything of note from the 18-year-old.

Darren Fletcher also came on in injury time, replacing McNair.

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