Player Ratings: Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion
David De Gea (7): Had little to do as United dominated possession and created majority of chances throughout the 90 minutes. Made a couple of good saves in either half, holding on to a deflected freekick from Andrews and keeping out Shane Long’s narrow shot.
Phil Jones (6.5): With Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick covering up in defence, the 20 year old spent most of his time in WBA’s half, consistently sending crosses into the box. Defended solidly on set pieces.
Jonny Evans (6): The Irishman proved once again that he is at his best while playing alongside Rio Ferdinand. Worked tirelessly and made a couple of forward runs after WBA went down to 10 men.
Rio Ferdinand (7): Employed a no-nonsense approach. Looked assured and dominated the defence.
Patrice Evra (6): Neglected his defensive duties and was caught out of position on a couple of instances. Still, a slight improvement from his form off-late. Had a nervous moment when the referee wrongly played down a penalty appeal after the Frenchman had clearly fouled Odemwingie in the box. Looked sharp while going forward and made a formidable partnership with Young on the left flank.
Ashley Young (7.5): Played for the team as the England international linked up well with compatriots Welbeck and Rooney. Sent in Beckham-esque crosses from the flank. Made space for himself and managed to fire a couple of shots too.
Paul Scholes (8): Great outing for the 37 year old as the veteran midfielder kept sending the much younger forwards on a ball chase throughout the match with his long range balls. His passes were accurate, exquisite and a delight to watch.
Michael Carrick (7): Held the United midfield together and covered up for the fullbacks Evra and Jones.
Danny Welbeck (7): Started on an uncharacteristic right wing position but looked comfortable. Galloped with the ball and had a clear chance on goal but his shot went just wide of the goal.
Wayne Rooney (8): Made headlines yet again for a second brace in as many matches. His finish from Chicharito’s shot was delicate and his goal from the spot was precise.
Chicharito (7.5): Failed to get on the scoresheet but proved to be a nuisance for WBA’s defence with his express pace. Fired a couple of shots and looked desperate to get on the scoresheet after one of his shot deflected back from the crossbar. Forced Olsson into making a couple of late challenges that led to the Swedish international’s dismissal.
Paul Pogba (5.5): Came on for Paul Scholes in the 73rd minute amidst boos from the home crowd. Put in a spirited performance as United cruised to an easy victory.
Tom Cleverley (-): Replaced Danny Welbeck who seemed to have picked up an injury. Had nothing much to do except celebrate the 3 points with his teammates at full time.
Ben Foster (7): Had a good outing personally at his former club as the 29 year old kept out most of United’s shots on goal. Held on beautifully to Ashley Young’s deflected shot despite being wrong footed.
Liam Ridgwell (6): One of the best performers for West Brom. Looked solid while defending and partnered in attack in first half before going to sleep in the second. Defended assumingly nevertheless.
Gareth McAuley (6.5): Was a rock at the back as WBA fought hard to prevent United from scoring more goals. Made many important tackles as his defensive partners found it hard to take on United’s attacking quartet of Young, Welbeck, Rooney and Hernandez.
Jonas Olsson (5): Had a good outing barring the two bookable offenses that led to his expulsion against Rooney and Chicharito respectively.
Gabriel Tamas (4): Had a torrid time defending against Evra and Young as the duo ran rings around the out-of-sorts Romanian defender. Needed the support of McAuley and should have been substituted in the second half.
James Morrison (6): Couldn’t do much as the United players Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes ran the show in the middle of the park. Did a lot of running but got little time on the ball.
Keith Andrews (7): Carried forward his fine form and looked the most threatening WBA player with the ball. Had a shot on target forced out of play by David De Gea.
Youssuf Mulumbu (5): The deep lying midfielder failed to make an impact on the game. Looked better in the second half but failed to contain the attackers.
Chris Brunt (5.5): Returned to the side after two months out with a broken foot and appeared rusty. Remained anonymous for most of the match and failed to provide the ball from set pieces.
Fortune (6.5): Caused Evans all sorts of problems in the opening exchanges as the Baggies started out positively at Old Trafford. Failed to get any sort of support from the likes of Odemwingie, Morrison and Andrews.
Peter Odemwingie (6): Didn’t look comfortable at the wide right position. Attacking play from United forced the WBA leading goalscorer to spend most of his time defending in his own half. Was unlucky not to be given a penalty after being fouled by Evra inside the box.
Nick Shorey (5): Replaced Brunt but had little impact on the game as United saw the game out easily.
Paul Scharner (5): Replaced Andrews in the 72nd minute but had little impact on the game as United saw the game out easily.
Shane Long (6.5): Manager Roy Hodgson must be ruing the decision of not getting the striker on earlier in the second half. Created a couple of good chances for himself but failed to convert any.