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2 vs 0
Played
February 10, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Halsey‎
Attendance:‬ 75525‎
 
13′ Ryan Giggs
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-0 Everton

The Red Devils barely needed to exit first gear at Old Trafford as goals from Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie secured a 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League

By David Lynch at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    335
    19
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Had little to do beyond palming away a Leon Osman volley in the first half. Did not come under the aerial bombardment he perhaps expected.

  • Rafael
    384
    16
    3.50

    Rafael

    Dealt with Pienaar more effectively than most full-backs this season. Picked out a fabulous through ball to set Van Persie away for the second.

  • Patrice Evra
    232
    16
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Everton's inability to threaten the box largely came down to United's full-backs, with Evra matching Rafael in terms of defensive solidity.

  • Phil Jones
    233
    63
    2.50

    Phil Jones

    Showed some sloppiness in possession in a deep midfield role and was substituted early in the second half having seemingly suffered an injury.

  • Jonny Evans
    233
    16
    3.00

    Jonny Evans

    Put in some crucial blocks during rare moments of Everton pressure. Shackled Anichebe with ease.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    319
    12
    3.00

    Nemanja Vidic

    Worked well with Evans to keep Fellaini quiet when the Belgian pushed up. Rarely forced into anything last ditch by an anaemic opposition attack, though.

  • Antonio Valencia
    167
    76
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Helped create the first goal with a delightful cushioned header but did not enjoy an easy afternoon up against Baines.

  • Ryan Giggs
    315
    14
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Took his goal beautifully and put in an industrious performance which did not tally with his advancing years.

  • Tom Cleverley
    252
    14
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Never shirked his defensive duties and almost scored with a wonderfully hit volley in the second half.

  • Wayne Rooney
    286
    26
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Did not have his best afternoon - and let his frustration out on the referee quite a few times - but kept things simple when given the ball.

  • Robin van Persie
    386
    35
    3.50

    Robin van Persie Top of the Match

    Hit the post, provided an assist and scored despite some occasionally questionable touches. It was entirely fitting that the Dutchman be so involved on a day United effectively sealed a title which he has played such a part in securing.

Substitutions

  • Chris Smalling
    154
    32
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Kept things solid at he back even as Everton desperately pushed for a goal.

  • Michael Carrick
    227
    14
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Made an excellent interception moments after coming on to stop Osman from scoring. Showed his trademark passing range in a brief cameo.

  • Tim Howard
    42
    29
    2.50

    Tim Howard

    Could do little to stop the first goal but was rounded on two occasions by Van Persie. The striker may have hit the post the first time but he made no mistake on the second.

  • Leighton Baines
    49
    27
    2.50

    Leighton Baines

    Did not influence the game in the manner which we are accustomed to seeing. His link-up play with Pienaar was largely nullified.

  • Phil Jagielka
    27
    27
    3.00

    Phil Jagielka

    Can shoulder none of the blame for United's goals and defended stoutly. Let down by others around him.

  • John Heitinga
    6
    54
    2.00

    John Heitinga

    Thrown into the team at the last minute and made the mistake which allowed the hosts to open the scoring. Never looked certain after that.

  • Darron Gibson
    18
    30
    3.00

    Darron Gibson

    Suffered his first defeat in an Everton shirt but not due to a lack of effort. Helped Everton control the middle of the park for long periods, even if that domination was not rewarded in terms of goals.

  • Phil Neville
    15
    34
    3.00

    Phil Neville

    Rarely tested on the outside and got forward well when his team broke forward.

  • Leon Osman
    36
    16
    3.00

    Leon Osman

    Brought a brilliant save out of De Gea in the first half with an excellent volley. His creative spark was snuffed out by United's hard work for much of the game, though.

  • Steven Pienaar
    11
    35
    2.50

    Steven Pienaar

    The South African's partnership with Baines on the left is usually Everton's biggest threat but that failed to get off the ground as Pienaar struggled.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    22
    65
    2.50

    Marouane Fellaini

    Caused havoc in this fixture last time but was subdued here, with United having seemingly learnt how to control him.

  • Kevin Mirallas
    22
    36
    2.50

    Kevin Mirallas

    Has yet to get back to his best following a hamstring injury. Did not provide enough dangerous crosses before being substituted in the second half.

  • Victor Anichebe
    7
    68
    2.00

    Victor Anichebe Flop of the Match

    Wasted some excellent opportunities in the first half due to a lack of speed in his thinking. Looked cumbersome on the ball and did not use his frame intelligently.

Substitutions

  • Nikica Jelavic
    53
    24
    3.50

    Nikica Jelavic

    Provided an immediate improvement over Anichebe as a second-half substitute. Threatened the goal on several occasions.

  • Steven Naismith
    7
    32
    2.50

    Steven Naismith

    Had very little impact as a second-half sub.

Results
 
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