Manchester United player ratings vs Sunderland: Di Maria dreadful, Januzaj promising

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The Red Devils edged past Sunderland with a 2-0 win on Saturday afternoon. Here's how their players rated...

David De Gea 6 - was given very little to do by the Sunderland attack in a quiet day's work for the Spaniard.

Antonio Valencia 6 - made some good runs down the right hand side for United, and was rarely threatened by Sunderland defensively.

Jonny Evans 5 - looked shaky throughout as he often has under van Gaal so far. Fortunately for Evans, Sunderland didn't test him enough over the 90 minutes.

Chris Smalling 6 - steadier than Evans and wasn't shy to bring the ball forward from the back at times in a solid if unspectacular display.

Marcos Rojo 6 - looked like a centre back playing at left back at times, but filled in for Luke Shaw well. Positive attacking contributions were in short supply.

Angel Di Maria 4 - dreadful display in the first half led to the Argentine being hauled off at the interval. The blockbuster summer signing continues to struggle, and his 45 minutes of disappointment did little to inspire confidence from United fans.

Daley Blind 5 - kept the ball well but needed to be braver in possession. Too keen to play it short rather than get the ball quickly into the final third when United needed to step up the tempo.

Ander Herrera 6 - at least tried to get things going with some sharp passing into the front line, but was often reluctant to shoot when presented with the chance - which was strange considering his goal against Swansea City last weekend.

Ashley Young 8 - one of United's best performers. Was direct and pacey, causing problems in the Sunderland backline. Gave United an injection of energy which they have lacked of late.

Wayne Rooney 6 - will get the plaudits for his two goals but outside of the penalty and six yard header, Rooney flitted in and out of the game.

Radamel Falcao 6 - it's tough with Falcao's performance. He was generally quiet and ineffectual, but had a huge say on the game with his outstanding control to win the penalty for the opening goal. Was taken off for Fellaini in another afternoon of what could have been for the Colombian.


Adnan Januzaj 7 - came on for Di Maria at half time and was bright, ran at defenders and created chances either through crossing or from taking shots to test Costel Pantilimon in the Sunderland goal. Promising display from a player who has been quiet this season.

Marouane Fellaini 5 - didn't have a huge impact on the game and missed a good chance from the right hand side of the box.

Juan Mata wasn't on the pitch long enough to make an impact.

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