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April 22, 2012 7:30 PM SGT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Jones‎
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Player Ratings: Manchester United 4-4 Everton

Toffees complete stunning comeback to take a point from Old Trafford as Wayne Rooney and Nikica Jelavic both score a double in a thrilling draw

By Greg Stobart at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    7
    16
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Conceded for the first time since early March - and had to pick the ball out of the net four times. To be fair, there was little the Spaniard could do about any of the Everton goals, although he did get a hand to Fellaini's strike.

  • Patrice Evra
    7
    16
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Excellent bombing forward to support Nani but slow to react defensively, with the first two Everton goals coming from crosses from his side. Hit the post with a header from close range in the final 10 minutes.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    3
    28
    2.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Looked vulnerable to Jelavic's intelligent runs and was slow to react to Everton moves, especially for the third and fourth goals. Late half-volley forced a brilliant save from Howard.

  • Jonny Evans
    14
    15
    2.50

    Jonny Evans

    Generally solid but made a couple of costly errors as he was caught under the high ball for Everton's opener and weak against Fellaini for the fourth.

  • Rafael
    9
    25
    3.50

    Rafael

    Great attacking outlet on the right and should have earned his side a penalty in the first-half.

  • Michael Carrick
    7
    15
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    Efficient and effective with his passing, showing he does have a cutting edge with his role in United's third goal. Alert to break up Everton attacks, especially with interceptions.

  • Nani
    12
    13
    3.00

    Nani

    Selected ahead of Young and looked sharp, taking potshots at the Everton goal before whipping in a lovely cross for Rooney's equaliser.

  • Paul Scholes
    15
    8
    3.00

    Paul Scholes

    Dictated the tempo for much of the game, especially once United were ahead. Never afraid to make a robust challenge.

  • Antonio Valencia
    8
    14
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Offered width throughout the game but didn't always make the best use of it, even though he had the beating of Distin.

  • Wayne Rooney
    19
    8
    3.50

    Wayne Rooney

    Took his tally to 26 league goals for the season with a double that makes him United's fourth-highest scorer of all time. Equalised in the 41st minute with a glancing header and slotted home the fourth on 69 minutes. Did little else, but does it matter?

  • Danny Welbeck
    18
    9
    3.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Showed why United value him so highly with superb skill and an even better finish from the edge of the box to put United ahead in the 57th minute before provided alert assists for the hosts' third and fourth goals.

Substitutions

  • Phil Jones
    1
    17
    0.00

    Phil Jones

    Came on for Scholes four minutes from time.

  • Javier Hernández
    3
    10
    0.00

    Javier Hernández

    Replaced Valencia in the 89th minute.

  • Tim Howard
    16
    2
    3.50

    Tim Howard

    The United old boy could do nothing about the hosts' goals and made a superb stop in the dying seconds to deny Ferdinand.

  • Tony Hibbert
    9
    6
    3.50

    Tony Hibbert

    Stuck to his task against Nani and produced two excellent crosses for his side's first two goals.

  • John Heitinga
    5
    10
    3.00

    John Heitinga

    Strong and powerful at the heart of the Everton defence until he was completely fooled by Welbeck as the United striker scored his side's second goal.

  • Phil Jagielka
    4
    10
    3.00

    Phil Jagielka

    Took up good defensive positions but appeared to lack sharpness when United played with energy in the final third.

  • Sylvain Distin
    3
    13
    2.00

    Sylvain Distin Flop of the Match

    Would not have been too happy playing at left-back as he looked to respond to his costly mistake against Liverpool last weekend. Never looked comfortable defending against Valencia although his yellow card for fouling the Ecuadorian was harsh.

  • Darron Gibson
    4
    12
    3.00

    Darron Gibson

    Returned to his former club and produced a tidy, composed display. Just the one customary long-range strike which zipped wide from 30 yards.

  • Phil Neville
    8
    7
    3.00

    Phil Neville

    The Everton captain lost Rooney in the build-up to United's first goal but produced a captain display as he never gave up. Moved to left-back late on.

  • Leon Osman
    4
    10
    3.00

    Leon Osman

    Caused United problems in the first-half as he drifted between the lines but faded after the break.

  • Steven Pienaar
    12
    2
    3.50

    Steven Pienaar

    The South African was always a threat with his skill and trickery before he scored Everton's fourth goal with an intelligent run and classy finish.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    31
    2
    4.00

    Marouane Fellaini Top of the Match

    Superb volley for Everton's second goal and played an astute pass for Pienaar's strike. The Belgian's strength, size and awareness made him a good outlet and he was comfortable receiving the ball.

  • Nikica Jelavic
    22
    2
    3.50

    Nikica Jelavic

    Had two sights on goal and produced two fine finishes. Wonderful header to put the Toffees ahead in the first-half and drilled home a half-volley for his side's third goal. Very classy customer.

Substitutions

  • Tim Cahill
    5
    8
    0.00

    Tim Cahill

    Replaced Distin seven minutes from time.

  • James McFadden
    5
    9
    3.00

    James McFadden

    Busy display after replacing Osman in the 63rd minute.

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
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0