Manchester United player ratings: Cleverley awful, Young not much better

Louis van Gaal's side produced an underwhelming performance during their 1-1 draw at Sunderland.

David de Gea - 6/10

The goalkeeper lacked command of his penalty area - but wasn't helped by a weak back five.

Tyler Blackett - 6.5/10

One of the very few players to show promise for Manchester United at the Stadium of Light.

Phil Jones - 6.5/10

Has been criticised recently by Paul Scholes and, although he wasn't as bad as some of his team-mates, Jones didn't exactly lead his defence with that much authority. Like Blackett, however, showed glimpses of promise.

Chris Smalling

Was hauled off early in the first half.

Ashley Young - 4/10

The 'wing-back' looked lost all game and hardly produced a cross of note. Young was also booked for diving in the second half, to cap another embarrassing performance in a United shirt.

Antonio Valencia - 7/10

Looked much better than Young and deserves a seven simply because his cross into the area provided Juan Mata's goal. If it wasn't for that, United wouldn't have had anything to show for a drab performance overall.

Tom Cleverley - 3/10

Many may consider a three generous - why is Cleverley still in the Man United starting XI? The midfielder misplaced pass after pass and, once again, didn't bother to look forward once.

Darren Fletcher - 6/10

Didn't exactly make the difference for his side but was at least twice the player of Cleverley. Made the odd intricate pass that could have created a chance were his team-mates in better form up front.

Juan Mata - 7/10

The only player with enough initiative to get himself into a goalscoring position. That alone makes him one of United's best players on the day.

Wayne Rooney - 6/10

Rooney didn't offer much of note today and it is times like this when his qualities as a captain will be tested. Is he leadership material?

Robin van Persie - 6/10

A bland return for the 'Flying Dutchman,' who only really made one noteworthy surge into the penalty area, when he was brought to a halt by Sunderland defenders.


Michael Keane - 6.5/10

Another United youngster to come out of today with, at least, a small amount of credit.

Adnan Januzaj - 5/10

Didn't make the impact his manager would have hoped and almost gave a goal away after losing the ball carelessly in the middle of the pitch.

Danny Welbeck - 6/10

Another forward who made minimal impact, although he could have done with some help from his team-mates.

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