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Played
August 28, 2010 5:30 PM BST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 75061‎
 
33′ (PG) Wayne Rooney
 
50′ Nani
 
 
   
 
 

Premier League Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-0 West Ham United

By Matt Monaghan

  • Edwin van der Sar
    214
    18
    3.00

    Edwin van der Sar

    Wonderful footwork before half-time only real involvement.

  • Patrice Evra
    254
    8
    3.50

    Patrice Evra

    Linked up well with Giggs as the pair tormented West Ham's right flank. Fast of foot going forward and smart in the tackle.

  • Jonny Evans
    208
    25
    3.00

    Jonny Evans

    Handled Cole with aplomb to get over the disappointment from last weekend's contest with Bobby Zamora. Taken off for Smalling.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    326
    29
    3.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    As his centre-back partner snubbed out Cole's threat, it was left to Vidic to provide an option in attack. Played some smart passes over the top and almost fed Berbatov. Made one outstanding tackle on the Hammers' lone frontman.

  • John O'Shea
    141
    67
    3.00

    John O'Shea

    Troubled at the start by Dyer before his opponent's ring rust showed. Mirrored Evra's forward runs.

  • Ryan Giggs
    314
    15
    3.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Vintage stuff from the veteran Welshman. Drew the foul from ex-United player Spector for the penalty. Continued to twist his opponent inside and out for the rest of the game.

  • Darren Fletcher
    241
    24
    3.50

    Darren Fletcher

    Excelled as the 'legs' in the United central midfield. Drew one tremendous save from Green as he shot from the edge of the penalty box.

  • Paul Scholes
    318
    15
    3.50

    Paul Scholes

    When will teams learn not to give the 'Ginger Maestro' the freedom of the pitch? Excelled as he was left in space and pinged the ball about for fun. Given early rest for Carrick.

  • Nani
    472
    50
    4.00

    Nani Top of the Match

    Drew the breaths of the Old Trafford crowd as he skilfully put his name on the scoresheet with a tremendous run and shot. Added to the applause with a deft cross for Berbatov. Justified Sir Alex Ferguson's faith in sticking with him after the disaster at Fulham.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    566
    23
    4.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    The supporters boos are turning into cheers after an excellent start to the season. Acrobatically picked Nani's centre out of the air to volley the ball home. Several flicks beforehand almost set up strike partner Rooney. Substituted for Owen on 74 minutes. Booked.

  • Wayne Rooney
    297
    73
    3.50

    Wayne Rooney

    The form from last season is slowly reappearing. Showed composure to fire home the penalty. Linked up well with Giggs, Berbatov and Nani.

Substitutions

  • Chris Smalling
    140
    44
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Given home debut on 74 minutes. Almost gave away penalty on Parker but withdrew wayward leg.

  • Michael Owen
    139
    43
    3.00

    Michael Owen

    Introduced to fray on 74 minutes. Covered blades of grass but given no chance to shine.

  • Michael Carrick
    147
    23
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Returned to Premier League action on 74 minutes. Made one crunching block.

  • Robert Green
    23
    44
    2.50

    Robert Green

    Nightmare World Cup 2010 still etched on face. Nervy throughout and almost parried a Nani shot into his goal in first half. Helpless for three goals.

  • Danny Gabbidon
    9
    22
    2.50

    Danny Gabbidon

    Resembled a player short of match action. Up and down performance drew a highlight with goal saving tackle on Rooney. Left on floor as Nani fired home.

  • H. Ilunga
    13
    15
    2.50

    H. Ilunga

    Helpless in the face of Nani. Incapable of keeping a lid on him as the Portuguese ran rampant.

  • Jonathan Spector
    59
    33
    2.00

    Jonathan Spector Flop of the Match

    Ridiculous challenge borne of frustration drew penalty. Fluffed lines on return to Old Trafford. Firmly out of his depth in the face of the effervescent Giggs.

  • Matthew Upson
    13
    16
    2.50

    Matthew Upson

    Inelegant style and lack of movement was exposed regularly by Rooney and Berbatov. Every performance makes Fabio Capello's decision to take him to South Africa more inexplicable. Booked.

  • Julien Faubert
    9
    20
    2.50

    Julien Faubert

    No impact on the match. Overshadowed by Evra and useless in attack. Substituted for Barrera.

  • Boa Morte
    10
    22
    2.50

    Boa Morte

    Looked uncomfortable as part of midfield three. Neither hemmed in Scholes or troubled the host's defence. Taken off just before final whistle.

  • Kieron Dyer
    30
    16
    3.00

    Kieron Dyer

    Sign of what could have been for club and country. Dragged himself off the treatment table to put in an eye catching performance before his lack of match practice showed. Troubled O'Shea. Hooked for Piquionne.

  • Scott Parker
    24
    16
    3.00

    Scott Parker

    Tigerish spirit quelled by Schoels' brilliance. Showed honesty not to tumble under Smalling's challenge in the penalty area.

  • Mark Noble
    12
    27
    2.50

    Mark Noble

    Total passenger. Only impact on game was his studs in Rooney's shin pad. Booked.

  • Carlton Cole
    17
    18
    2.50

    Carlton Cole

    Left isolated and forced to feed on scraps. Hurt shoulder as he fell under Vidic's challenge. Won few headers against Evans.

Substitutions

  • Junior Stanislas
    12
    13
    0.00

    Junior Stanislas

    Introduced after 90 minute mark.

  • Pablo Edson Barrera
    23
    20
    3.00

    Pablo Edson Barrera

    Given taste of the Old Trafford action on 61 minutes. One wild shot over bar was highlight as he struggled to get involved.

  • Frédéric Piquionne
    14
    13
    3.00

    Frédéric Piquionne

    Introduced to field on 75 minute mark. Made little impression next to Cole.

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
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2