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March 11, 2012 10:00 AM EDT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 75598‎
 
35′ Wayne Rooney
 
71′ (PG) Wayne Rooney
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-0 West Brom

The hosts ran out comfortable winners at Old Trafford as a Wayne Rooney double downed Roy Hodgson's spirited Baggies side as Paul Scholes delivered a virtuoso display

By Jonathan Birchall at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    111
    6
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Was praised heavily by Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of kick off and repaid the faith put in him by the United boss from as early as the 17th minute, getting down well to keep out Andrews' powerful low free-kick. Was hardly tested thereafter as United kept the visitors quiet but remained alert to stop Long's 81st minute strike.

  • Patrice Evra
    87
    6
    3.50

    Patrice Evra

    Was superb on the front foot, nearly playing Chicharito in on the 34th minute after a darting run through the middle and looked to work well alongside Young. The Frenchman looked at his sharpest in weeks.

  • Phil Jones
    64
    12
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    Was keen to get forward and support Welbeck but was a little wasteful with his delivery in the first half. Improved in the second however and was a threat down the right, all the while keeping close tabs on the advancing Ridgewell.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    69
    5
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Looked to run the ball out of defence as often as he could and was given a fairly easy time of it at the back as Fortune looked to target Evans. Calm and collected from the veteran.

  • Jonny Evans
    63
    11
    3.00

    Jonny Evans

    Started well but struggled to contain the bright Fortune, who looked to stay tight to the Northern Irishman before beating him for pace. Never looked entirely comfortable but worked tirelessly to secure the clean sheet.

  • Michael Carrick
    76
    9
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    Dictated the pace of the game from the centre of the park, mixing up his passing and maintaining possession for the Premier League champions. Faultless from the midfielder.

  • Ashley Young
    96
    6
    4.00

    Ashley Young

    Saw his powerful 10th minute effort saved well by Robinson as he linked up neatly with Welbeck and always looked likely to cause the visitors problems. Completely dominated Tamas down the wing and worked hard to cover for the advancing Evra.

  • Paul Scholes
    155
    8
    4.00

    Paul Scholes Top of the Match

    Pure class from the 37-year-old as he ran the show from the first minute alongside Carrick before being substituted with 17 minutes remaining. It was a masterclass in ball retention from the midfielder and he even put in a couple of good tackles. Old dog; new tricks.

  • Wayne Rooney
    118
    8
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Really should've done better with his early effort on the half volley which went flying high and wide but atoned with the opener as half time approached to grab a goal for the fourth consecutive game in the league. Showed sharp movement to reach Hernandez's in-swinging shot and beat the offside trap expertly. Took his league tally to 20 for the season with an unstoppable second-half penalty to wrap the game up.

  • Javier Hernández
    119
    25
    3.00

    Javier Hernández

    Looked to run in behind the West Brom defence early on but was caught out by the visitors' offside trap. Nearly fashioned a magnificent goal for himself in the second half but his the post with a powerful effort. A bright showing from the Mexican.

  • Danny Welbeck
    74
    38
    3.50

    Danny Welbeck

    The 21-year-old was impressive from the off, stretching the West Brom defence with some intelligent running down the right flank. Played in Young for a great chance after 10 minutes and probed the Baggies box endlessly.

Substitutions

  • Tom Cleverley
    62
    6
    0.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Came on for Welbeck with 12 minutes remaining and moved well after his recent time spent on the sidelines.

  • Paul Pogba
    73
    11
    3.00

    Paul Pogba

    Replaced Scholes with 17 minutes remaining and slotted in to the midfield well as United saw out the win.

  • Ben Foster
    23
    4
    3.00

    Ben Foster

    The former Manchester United man pulled off a great stop to deny Ashley Young in the 10th minute. Could do little to stop Rooney's opener and had no chance with the United striker's penalty.

  • Jonas Olsson
    12
    7
    2.50

    Jonas Olsson

    The Swede turned 29 on Saturday and looked to show his experience with a foul on Rooney worthy of a booking as United looked to counter-attack. However, another challenge on Hernandez shortly after saw him sent off two bookable offences.

  • Liam Ridgewell
    12
    1
    3.00

    Liam Ridgewell

    Started very brightly down the left flank, exposing the gap in between Jones and Welbeck and should have seen a fine cross rewarded with an effort on goal from Andrews. One of the visitors' stronger performers.

  • Gareth McAuley
    12
    3
    3.00

    Gareth McAuley

    Was forced to cover for the struggling Tamas on a number of occasions, and directed the West Brom back four well. Worked hard keeping up with Chicharito and pulled off a number of key tackles, none more so than his first-half effort to stop Young in the area on the 25th minute.

  • Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş
    10
    14
    2.00

    Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş

    Was unable to cope with the pace of Young and Evra down the channel and looked out of his depth at Old Trafford. Relied heavily on support from McAuley as the hosts looked to exploit the Romanian's lack of pace.

  • James Morrison
    5
    8
    3.00

    James Morrison

    Was a passenger for much of the fixture as Scholes and Carrick dominated the midfield battle. Got up and down the pitch as the Baggies looked to break but saw too little of the ball to have a great impact.

  • Keith Andrews
    7
    6
    3.00

    Keith Andrews

    Had the first chance of the match but was stretched too far in trying to meet Ridgewell's dangerous ball from the left and continued to drive forward from midfield. All action from the former Blackburn man.

  • Chris Brunt
    7
    7
    2.50

    Chris Brunt

    Returned to the side after two months out with a broken foot and appeared rusty early on, wasting an effort on the edge of the area nine minutes in by blazing it high and wide when he had time to act with a little more measure. Wasn't as involved as he would have hoped.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    7
    5
    2.50

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Sat too deep and gave Carrick and Scholes far too much space when he needed to be more combative. Allowed the United midfield to run the game for long periods. Showed greater endeavour after Rooney's opener but it was too little too late.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    9
    7
    3.00

    Peter Odemwingie

    Worked hard in tracking Evra down the flank but will have been frustrated not to have been on the end of a few more attacking moves. Cut a forlorn figure on the right wing for much of the game but did show some neat touches on occasion.

  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
    11
    4
    3.00

    Marc-Antoine Fortune

    The former Celtic man caused Evans all sorts of problems in the opening half hour and looked to have the better of the Northern Ireland international. However, he was left isolated in the second half, forced to chase down lost causes and tired as a result

Substitutions

  • Nicky Shorey
    6
    7
    2.50

    Nicky Shorey

    Replaced Brunt but had little impact on the game as the home side controlled possession

  • Shane Long
    14
    4
    3.00

    Shane Long

    Came off the bench late on and looked bright for the Baggies, testing De Gea with a snapshot at the near post.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 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