Manchester United player ratings: Young excellent but Falcao & Van Persie struggle

Wayne Rooney

Louis van Gaal feels his side 'lost two points' during their 0-0 draw at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon. Here's how their players rated...

David de Gea - 7.5/10

Forced into a reasonable amount of saves and looked as calm and composed as ever.

Jonny Evans - 6.5/10

Fairly untroubled at the back for Manchester United, as they kept Tottenham at bay for the majority of proceedings.

Phil Jones - 7/10

Looked strong in the tackle and was always either making a clearance or falling to the floor making a tackle, showing incredible spirit.

Paddy McNair - 6/10

A reasonable showing but the United defender was one of many to get booked and was also a little risky with his passing.

Antonio Valencia - 6/10

Was unnoticeable - and wasteful with his service - before he came off at half-time. 

Michael Carrick - 7/10

It seems the Manchester United midfielder will constantly divide opinion. Sir Alex Ferguson rates him as England's best, while many United fans feel he is over-rated beyond measure. Today, though, Carrick's quality of passing could not be questioned. He was excellent at times.

Juan Mata - 7.5/10

Produced another vibrant attacking performance, the kind that is keeping him in Van Gaal's team. There was a distinct lack of end product when it came to his shooting, though, although his killer passes penetrated the Spurs defence with ease.

Ashley Young - 8/10

Much has been made of how the winger has been 'reborn' under Van Gaal and, a silly foul throw aside, this was another strong display from the converted wing-back.

Wayne Rooney - 7/10

Worked hard, covering every blade of grass for United, and also had a header saved by the in-form Hugo Lloris.

Radamel Falcao - 5/10

Things are at a crossroads for Manchester United and Falcao. The Colombian could be 'given time' - but does he really have any this long into the season? Falcao looked poor at Tottenham today, showing good movement but no killer instinct whatsoever and wasting a number of chances.

Robin van Persie - 5/10

And Falcao's 31-year-old strike partner was much the same. Together, the United duo looked a spent force. Supporters will no doubt hope this was simply a consequence of the busy Christmas schedule - which could well be the case.

Substitutes

Rafael - 6/10

Better than Valencia (whom he replaced at half-time) but was rash in the tackle, earning himself what seemed like an inevitable yellow card late on.

Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling also came on with less than 20 minutes to go, faring admirably.

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