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August 22, 2011 8:00 PM BST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 75498‎
 
 
76′ Anderson
 
86′ Wayne Rooney
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-0 Tottenham

Sir Alex Ferguson's side took the lead through Danny Welbeck in the second half before Anderson and Wayne Rooney scored to seal a convincing victory at Old Trafford

By Greg Stobart at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    462
    703
    2.50

    David de Gea

    The Spaniard was selected despite high profile errors in the previous two games but improved in front of his home crowd. Still a number of nervy moments under crosses and handling long-range shots.

  • Chris Smalling
    557
    92
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Tasked with the challenge of marking Bale out of the game and coped well. Caught out on a couple of occasions but was strong, powerful and read the game well.

  • Phil Jones
    787
    50
    3.50

    Phil Jones

    Showed why United paid all that money for him with a composed display and was dominant in the air over Defoe.

  • Patrice Evra
    298
    316
    2.50

    Patrice Evra

    The Frenchman seems to struggle against Lennon and was below his best here. Beaten for pace by the Spurs winger on a few occasions but offered good support in attack.

  • Jonny Evans
    645
    84
    4.00

    Jonny Evans

    Assured performance from the United defender, slotting in effortlessly and reading the game well to stop Spurs getting in behind.

  • Tom Cleverley
    666
    63
    3.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Struggled to get into the game until he produced a brilliant whipped cross for Welbeck to break the deadlock. Replaced by Giggs nine minutes from time.

  • Ashley Young
    611
    46
    3.50

    Ashley Young

    The one-time Tottenham target was often involved in many of United's best attacking moves as he drove towards the box with pace and skill. Looping first-half header drifted just wide of the post.

  • Anderson
    649
    40
    3.50

    Anderson

    Set the high tempo for the United midfield with his harrying, hassling and quick use of the ball. Scored a lovely goal after good link-up play with Welbeck.

  • Nani
    430
    150
    3.00

    Nani

    The Portuguese winger enjoys playing against Tottenham and his quick feet were always a threat to the visitors' defence. Always offered an option and stretched the play - but struggled to get the better of Assou-Ekotto.

  • Wayne Rooney
    685
    52
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Had difficulty finding space in the first-half but dropped a little deeper after the break to collect the ball and began to pull the strings. Tested Friedel on a number of occasions from around the edge of the penalty area and was finally rewarded as he headed home a late third.

  • Danny Welbeck
    743
    61
    4.00

    Danny Welbeck Top of the Match

    Opened his account for the season with a classic striker's goal in the 61st minute - a glancing header after he drifted between Tottenham's two centre-backs. Added an assist to his night's work with a cheeky backheel to Anderson for United's second goal.

Substitutions

  • Ji-Sung Park
    349
    33
    3.00

    Ji-Sung Park

    Offered fresh legs after replacing Young in the 81st minute.

  • Ryan Giggs
    454
    34
    3.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Replaced Cleverley in the 81st minute and provided an inch-perfect cross for Rooney to head home United's third of the night.

  • Javier Hernández
    376
    39
    3.00

    Javier Hernández

    Surprisingly named on the bench two weeks earlier than scheduled and looked sharp when given a late run-out as an 81st minute substitute.

  • Brad Friedel
    372
    51
    4.00

    Brad Friedel

    A brilliant Spurs debut for the American as he made a number of athletic diving stops, defying his age and keeping his team in the game. Could do nothing about Welbeck's goal.

  • Kyle Walker
    74
    127
    2.50

    Kyle Walker

    Handed a starting role ahead of Corluka but was caught out positionally on too many occasions. Substituted at half-time due to illness.

  • Michael Dawson
    97
    202
    2.50

    Michael Dawson Flop of the Match

    As ever, gave his all and won some thumping challengers - but he was caught under the ball for Welbeck's goal and looked flat-footed on a number of occasions.

  • Younes Kaboul
    134
    98
    3.50

    Younes Kaboul

    Very impressive athleticism and anticipation at times to sweep up danger although he was caught ball-watching.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    87
    94
    3.00

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Solid display to nullify Nani but ruined it with a sloppy pass that gifted United the ball ahead of their first goal.

  • Aaron Lennon
    70
    127
    3.00

    Aaron Lennon

    Clearly had the weaponry to trouble Evra with his searing pace but the quality of his final ball was poor. Head seemed to drop after United's opener.

  • Jake Livermore
    66
    111
    2.50

    Jake Livermore

    A big physical presence, the youngster broke up play well in the first-half but lacked quality on the ball and was badly overrun in the second-half. Replaced by Huddlestone in the 74th minute.

  • Niko Kranjcar
    86
    108
    3.00

    Niko Kranjcar

    The Croat's neat and tidy passing helped Spurs control spells of possession in the first-half but became very leggy and abdicated defensive responsibility.

  • Gareth Bale
    87
    138
    3.00

    Gareth Bale

    The Welsh flyer looked sharp in the first-half and troubled United with his blistering pace. Faded after the break as Spurs tired and United took control of the game.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    109
    186
    3.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    The Dutchman was Tottenham's most dangerous attacking threat throughout. Picked the ball up in space and looked to shoot or play a killer pass at every opportunity. Hampered by the lack of movement in front of him.

  • Jermain Defoe
    55
    159
    3.00

    Jermain Defoe

    The England striker flitted in and out of the game and offered little movement for his team-mates. Powerful strike in the second-half smashed against the post.

Substitutions

  • Vedran Corluka
    112
    83
    3.50

    Vedran Corluka

    Half-time replacement for Walker and coped well against Young, getting tight to the United winger and denying him space.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    55
    88
    3.00

    Tom Huddlestone

    Replaced Livermore in the 74th minute but had little effect despite stroking some nice passes.

  • Roman Pavlyuchenko
    63
    95
    3.00

    Roman Pavlyuchenko

    Replaced Kranjcar 16 minute from time but had no impact on proceedings.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0