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April 15, 2012 4:00 PM BST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Halsey‎
Attendance:‬ 75138‎
 
7′ (PG) Wayne Rooney
 
 
73′ Wayne Rooney
 
90+3′ Nani
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa

Early Wayne Rooney penalty put paid to any hopes of McLeish's side being able to sit back and contain the Red Devils, and became a case of damage limitation thereafter

By Mark Fordham at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    177
    44
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Was sturdy in between the sticks for United making a couple of stops but his distribution wasn't great. Has clearly improved his all round keeping but needs to work on his kicking big time.

  • Patrice Evra
    142
    19
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Didn’t get forward with quite the same gusto as Rafael on the opposite flank but did provide some support for Ashley Young. Wasn’t required to do too much defending.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    138
    16
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Didn’t really have a great deal to do at the back for United, such was the dearth of attacking threat that Aston Villa posed.

  • Jonny Evans
    169
    30
    3.00

    Jonny Evans

    Was solid enough and even had time to venture forward a couple of times and conjured an assist in the closing stages after Sir Alex Ferguson called him one of the Premier League’s best defenders in his programme notes.

  • Rafael
    161
    28
    3.00

    Rafael

    Provided plenty of support throughout for Antonio Valencia, which made it a bit of a nightmare for Eric Lichaj to try and cover both of them.

  • Michael Carrick
    142
    23
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Was effective in the engine room of Manchester United's midfield and a calming influence alongside Paul Scholes. Has been an unsung hero all season long.

  • Ashley Young
    142
    116
    3.00

    Ashley Young

    Won his eighth penalty since the start of the 2009-10 season with a convincing star dive. There appeared to be minimal contact with Ciaran Clark, which he accentuated to ensure a penalty was given.

  • Paul Scholes
    295
    14
    3.50

    Paul Scholes

    Was the heartbeat of the United team as he has been so often since his return to the team in January. A true class act.

  • Antonio Valencia
    184
    30
    3.00

    Antonio Valencia

    The Premier League’s in-form winger was given far too much space on the right hand side, thanks mainly to the support of Rafael. Played some neat one-twos but wasn’t able to do too much to influence the game majorly.

  • Wayne Rooney
    209
    149
    3.50

    Wayne Rooney Top of the Match

    Scored the opening goal for his 15th penalty for United but cut an increasingly frustrated figure before scoring the third towards the end of the game.

  • Danny Welbeck
    164
    42
    3.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Has managed to form a very good partnership up front with Rooney for United, so much so that he has been preferred to Javier Hernandez, which is some statement. Three goals on the day between the pair is testament to the burgeoning relationship.

Substitutions

  • Nani
    165
    18
    3.00

    Nani

    Came on for Young midway through the second half but didn't enjoy quite as much freedom as the England man. Clearly still feeling his way back from injury. Took his goal well in the dying embers of the game.

  • Tom Cleverley
    139
    19
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Another player tentatively coming back from injury and continued the good work of Paul Scholes after replacing him.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    151
    31
    2.50

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Surprisingly didn't score after coming on to replace Wayne Rooney. The Bulgarian has a great goalscoring record this season despite seeing very little action. Couldn't add to that today.

  • Shay Given
    32
    32
    3.00

    Shay Given

    Wasn't at fault for any of the Manchester United goals and was always going to be conceding with the team holding such a deep defensive line.

  • Alan Hutton
    11
    29
    2.50

    Alan Hutton

    Gave Ashley Young far too much space and virtually gave him a free reign on the left hand side. Wasn’t able to help support the team going forward either and was a little fortunate to receive only a yellow for a clattering challenge on the winger.

  • James Collins
    11
    26
    2.50

    James Collins

    Inexplicably left the ball in his own area when it was played across for the waiting Danny Welbeck to snaffle up the goal.

  • Ciaran Clark
    8
    30
    2.50

    Ciaran Clark

    Was the unfortunate player to have a rather soft penalty given against him in the opening moments. Though, if you stick your leg out in the area players will go over it.

  • Eric Lichaj
    12
    27
    3.00

    Eric Lichaj

    Struggled to get close enough to Antonio Valencia and allowed the league’s in form winger far too much room with which to work in.

  • Nathan Baker
    14
    27
    2.50

    Nathan Baker

    Had an equally bad time of it for the Manchester United second goal. Like James Collins, Baker should have cut out the ball but rather meekly allowed the England striker to get on the end of it at the back post.

  • Stephen Ireland
    15
    23
    2.50

    Stephen Ireland

    Didn’t get on to the ball as much as Alex McLeish would have wanted and wasn’t able to provide any help in terms of support for Gabriel Agbonlahor.

  • Barry Bannan
    10
    25
    3.00

    Barry Bannan

    Seemed a little isolated on the right hand side and perhaps would have been influential in the middle of midfield. Though, with the amount of time Villa spent in possession, it probably wouldn't have mattered.

  • Gary Gardner
    7
    25
    2.50

    Gary Gardner

    Another youngster that struggled at Old Trafford. he couldn't get on to the ball enough and when he did he was too wasteful in possession.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    11
    24
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Was the definition of a lone striker for large parts of the match. Villa can’t expect to get much from games if their striker is at least 30 yards away from every other player. Worked his socks off but to no avail.

  • Andreas Weimann
    9
    23
    3.00

    Andreas Weimann

    Had a good chance in the opening moments of the game but couldn’t beat David de Gea. Was busy whenever he got the ball but got increasingly frustrated with a lack of help from his teammates.

Substitutions

  • Charles N'Zogbia
    8
    23
    2.50

    Charles N'Zogbia

    Was brought on with less than 10 minutes to go and cut a moody figure throughout.

  • Samir Carruthers
    9
    28
    2.50

    Samir Carruthers

    Looked lively when he came on, but had little impact as United dominated.

  • Emile Heskey
    30
    77
    2.50

    Emile Heskey Flop of the Match

    Came on for the injured Ciaran Clark and had a similar effect to the defender, though didn't give a penalty away. How far he has fallen.

Results
 
Player Ratings
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Position
Ranking
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Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
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20 0
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18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
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16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2