Manchester United player ratings v Liverpool - Mata excellent, Smalling form continues

Chris Smalling

Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield today - here is how their players rated.

David de Gea 6 - fairly solid throughout, especially when claiming crosses, but will be disappointed to have been beaten at his near post by Daniel Sturridge.

Antonio Valencia 7 - too strong for Alberto Moreno down United's right hand flank and was impressive throughout in a solid display.

Chris Smalling 7 - kept Daniel Sturridge fairly quiet and was confident bringing the ball out from the back, continuing his fine recent form.

Phil Jones 6 - a few rash moments, particularly when he clattered Adam Lallana and then wiped out Jordan Henderson, but was solid enough for United.

Daley Blind 7 - went about his business quietly at left back, rarely putting a foot wrong and even surged forward to win the penalty late in the game.

Michael Carrick 7 - generally dependable in midfield, helping United keep possession at key moments in the game, helping nullify any Liverpool momentum.

Ander Herrera 8 - produced a superb pass for Mata's opener and was effective in possession throughout, providing quick, direct passes into the frontline.

Juan Mata 9 - a well taken opener followed by a spectacular second, Mata was at the heart of United's attacking play in a superb performance.

Ashley Young 6 - fairly quiet going forward but offered good defensive protection for Daley Blind down the left before being substituted for Angel Di Maria.

Marouane Fellaini 7 - always caused problems for Liverpool when the ball was sent in the air, and was given the license to move around and target different Liverpool centre backs in a bid to create mismatches in fine tactical deployment from Louis van Gaal.

Wayne Rooney 6 - quiet throughout and missed a late penalty in an underwhelming performance as his drought at Anfield goes on. 

Substitutes

Angel Di Maria 6 - good running and energy on the counter attack but the final ball was regularly missing.

Radamel Falcao 5 - offered very little after coming on with seven minutes to play.

Marcos Rojo - only came on in added time so had absolutely no impact.

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