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January 16, 2013 11:05 PM EAT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 71081‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 West Ham

An early Wayne Rooney strike was enough to see off an enterprising Hammers side but the England international was also guilty of missing a second-half penalty

By Jack Gaughan at Old Trafford

  • Anders Lindegaard
    44
    12
    3.00

    Anders Lindegaard

    Had nothing to do for the majority of the game. Handled crosses into the box well but his distribution was poor. It is easy to see why David De Gea is first choice, although neither exude confidence.

  • Alexander Büttner
    81
    7
    3.50

    Alexander Büttner

    Careered forward with the confidence of a defender who knew he wouldn't be in the team at the weekend, and Buttner did well, as he usually does when called upon: defending well and playing with purpose when on the ball.

  • Chris Smalling
    58
    17
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Carlton Cole provided a stern test of Smalling's physical credentials, but he rose tall against the striker and won the majority of aerial duels. Caught out of position on a couple of occasions though and was bailed out by Phil Jones.

  • Phil Jones
    86
    12
    4.00

    Phil Jones Top of the Match

    Excellent performance from Jones. The central defender's reading of the game was superb, often sweeping up behind his team mates, and he took charge of loose balls, often moving out of defence to set United on their way.

  • Rafael
    68
    6
    3.00

    Rafael

    In the opposition's final third, Rafael can at times be deadly and gives United an added dimension. Can get caught out defensively, but if he were more solid you would perhaps lose the attacking flamboyance. Didn't really have anyone to mark, so gleefully got forward as much as possible.

  • Antonio Valencia
    47
    26
    3.00

    Antonio Valencia

    His final ball was poor by his high standards but watching the winger gallop down the wing is reason enough to buy a ticket to Old Trafford: he gets fans off their seats. Room for improvement but by no means a woeful display

  • Anderson
    74
    8
    3.00

    Anderson

    Anderson's throughball to Chicharito in the run up to the first goal was a thing of beauty, and if the midfielder showed more glimpses of that he'd be a real hit. Unfortunately, he is guilty of trying too hard and overruns possession frequently.

  • Nani
    51
    77
    2.00

    Nani Flop of the Match

    Nani was summed up neatly in the 39th minute: beating a man excellently, looking in the box, not bothering to pick anyone out and ballooning an ambitious strike well over the bar. A frustrating talent.

  • Ryan Giggs
    84
    55
    2.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Plainly put, Giggs is not a central midfielder. Has put in a string of good performances on the wing but often gets bogged down in the middle. Obviously has the intelligence to affect the game, but fails to put it into practice nowadays.

  • Javier Hernández
    70
    12
    3.00

    Javier Hernández

    Busy and industrious, always moving off the ball, Chicharito poses real problems for defenders off the shoulder. Excellent movement for the first goal, but should have got one himself - lacking his normal killer instinct.

  • Wayne Rooney
    58
    27
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Played deeper than Chicharito but was well marshalled by a clogged West Ham midfield. Was in the right place at the right time for his goal and took up intelligent positions to be picked out when United broke. Appallingly smashed a late penalty way over the bar, though.

Substitutions

  • Michael Carrick
    69
    9
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    Looked composed in midfield when he came on and calmed everyone down after a spell of West Ham pressure. Did his job well.

  • Paul Scholes
    46
    9

    Paul Scholes

    Came on as a second half substitute, but had too little time to influence the game.

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    8
    6
    2.50

    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    Looked a bit shaky all night truth be told, but made a couple of important saves to keep West Ham in the game. The amount of saves he makes week in, week out make Jaaskelainen one of the most relatively valuable goalkeepers in the Premier League.

  • Daniel Potts
    8
    4
    3.50

    Daniel Potts

    Equipped himself brilliantly against Antonio Valencia, and Potts' fledgling career is looking good at the moment. Made a superb goal line clearance, too, while looking to get forward to join in as much as possible.

  • Jordan Spence
    5
    4
    3.00

    Jordan Spence

    Spence was shown a clean set of heels a few times by Nani, but so would many Premier League defenders. What he did after that was encouraging: getting back in position and holding the winger up, forcing him to make mistakes.

  • James Tomkins
    1
    6
    2.00

    James Tomkins

    Might look at himself and ask if he could have done better in dealing with Wayne Rooney's goal - Tomkins didn't spot the danger until it was too late. He was rash in clearing his lines and struggled to come to terms with Rooney's floating.

  • Winston Reid
    9
    3
    3.50

    Winston Reid

    Often last-ditch tackles are to make up for previous mistakes earlier in a phase of play, but Reid lunged in on many occasions to cover quick United counter attacking. Also filled in for Diarra when he went to press the ball.

  • Alou Diarra
    5
    5
    2.50

    Alou Diarra

    In the heart of defence, he struggled to organise those around him. Diarra, however, is a big physical unit and imposed himself upon Chicharito. The problems for the defender came when balls were played beyond him.

  • Gary O'Neil
    3
    3
    3.00

    Gary O'Neil

    Had a tenacity about his game which isn't usually there; O'Neil took on the responsibility of being the midfield tracker well and stopped United playing for spells. Even if it meant a tactical foul, he was aware of his job.

  • Mohamed Diame
    5
    7
    3.00

    Mohamed Diame

    Diame is fairly limited in possession, but the way in which he drives from midfield with the ball is so crucial to the team, especially away from Upton Park. He was powerful and really got amongst it for the visitors.

  • Matthew Taylor
    3
    4
    3.00

    Matthew Taylor

    Wasted a glorious chance in the second half which he'll be bitterly disappointed about, but provided a good link between the attacking two and midfield from a central berth. Always looked for the ball and took up inventive positions.

  • Carlton Cole
    3
    7
    2.50

    Carlton Cole

    Substituted in the second half after a fairly luckless evening where he lost the battle with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. Showed some neat touches but failed to truly impose himself.

  • Ricardo Vaz Te
    2
    6
    2.50

    Ricardo Vaz Te

    Put himself about, but lacks the quality to really trouble teams of United's quality, even without their first choice back four. Snatched at an early chance and had precious little to feed off after that.

Substitutions

  • Jack Collison
    2
    5
    2.50

    Jack Collison

    It was hoped that Collison would get into the box from midfield but his energy came to nothing as West Ham were immediately pinned back once he was brought on.

  • Kevin Nolan
    6
    4
    3.00

    Kevin Nolan

    Is always a presence and operated in a pocket behind the striker to try and link the visitors' attacking threats. Given more time on the pitch, he may have grabbed an equaliser.

  • Elliott Lee
    3
    5

    Elliott Lee

    Came on late in the second half, but had too little time to make an impression.

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