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May 19, 2013 4:00 PM BST
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 26438‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Brom 5-5 Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson was given a farewell to remember, but certainly not for the right reasons as the Lukaku-led hosts battled back from three down to earn an unlikely point

By Sam Lee

  • Ben Foster
    19
    27
    2.00

    Ben Foster

    Could not do much about any of the goals but did make a fine save to divert a second own goal of the afternoon. Strange performance in a strange game.

  • Jonas Olsson
    11
    48
    1.50

    Jonas Olsson Flop of the Match

    Gave Hernandez far too much space to get the cross in for United's opener, then deflected in the visitors' second. Missed a sitter after half-time. Had a poor afternoon.

  • Liam Ridgewell
    9
    34
    1.50

    Liam Ridgewell

    Most of United's attacks seemed to come down his side, and he was withdrawn at half-time.

  • Gareth McAuley
    11
    27
    2.00

    Gareth McAuley

    Struggled to get to grips with United's attackers, and was a helpless onlooker for all of the goals. Not his best work.

  • Billy Jones
    13
    21
    2.50

    Billy Jones

    Was nowhere to be seen for Buttner's goal, did not offer much going forward. Pulled out of place for United's fifth, leaving McAuley in no-man's land. Provided an assist for Mulumbu.

  • Claudio Yacob
    9
    26
    2.00

    Claudio Yacob

    Overwhelmed by what was a United midfield four at times. Made a couple of tackles but not his best afternoon, even as his side got back into it.

  • James Morrison
    27
    14
    3.00

    James Morrison

    Got away from Evans to slot home before the break following a quiet opening period for him. Did not get much of a look in during the second half, either. Substituted late on.

  • Chris Brunt
    11
    19
    2.50

    Chris Brunt

    Marginalised down the left and things did not go entirely his way when he did have the ball. Put in a couple of decent crosses, though.

  • Graham Dorrans
    12
    22
    2.00

    Graham Dorrans

    Flashed a shot well wide as the hosts struggled to get into the game early on. Provided the cross for Morrison's goal. Added a few more wayward long-rangers after the interval.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    26
    15
    2.00

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Struggled alongside Yacob as Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa and Anderson all drifted into his zone. Slotted in a late goal as the hosts roared back into it.

  • Shane Long
    10
    24
    2.00

    Shane Long

    Did very little up front and was withdrawn.

Substitutions

  • Markus Rosenberg
    11
    22

    Markus Rosenberg

    Came on as a late substitute with little time to make an impact.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    390
    21
    4.50

    Romelu Lukaku Top of the Match

    Came on at the break and made an instant impact with a low finish in off the post from outside the box. Added his second following a display of pace and power, and bundled in a third. Superb performance.

  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
    10
    27

    Marc-Antoine Fortune

    Replaced Morrison for the last 10 minutes.

  • Anders Lindegaard
    43
    167
    1.50

    Anders Lindegaard

    The ball seemed to pass through him for Morrison's goal, and he should have done better for Lukaku's first. Did not inspire confidence in what could be his final game for the Red Devils.

  • Phil Jones
    46
    95
    2.00

    Phil Jones

    Should have got closer to Dorrans for Morrison's goal and gave the ball away on the stroke of half-time that gave the Baggies a great chance to make it 3-2. Rallied with some fine challenges after the break.

  • Jonny Evans
    55
    76
    2.50

    Jonny Evans

    Bit slow in getting to Morrison for his goal, but bailed out Jones just before the break to deny Long. Was in quicker to challenges after his earlier error and improved as a result. Could not keep up with Lukaku for his second. Went off injured.

  • Alexander Büttner
    108
    53
    3.00

    Alexander Büttner

    Was knocking the ball around confidently before firing in United's third after the Baggies failed to track his run. Hit the bar with a cross-cum-shot. Did well going forward but put in a terrible late cross.

  • Antonio Valencia
    85
    54
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Provided the low cross that gave United their second goal, but struggled with most of his other deliveries. Played most of his game in attack but also did well when called upon defensively.

  • Anderson
    47
    81
    2.50

    Anderson

    Was given a platform to get forward by his three central colleagues but it was Cleverley and Kagawa who made more of a mark.

  • Michael Carrick
    68
    52
    2.50

    Michael Carrick

    Played some adventurous balls towards the far post and kept things ticking over in the middle as United's central players took control for the most part. Was an onlooker as the hosts nicked a point.

  • Tom Cleverley
    91
    40
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Linked up well with Kagawa, best shown when they exchanged passes before the England man slipped in Buttner for 3-0. Withdrawn after the break.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    122
    35
    2.50

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    Provided a great cross for Kagawa's opener. Didn't have his best day in front of goal and probably could have had a hat-trick by half-time, but did tap home from close range after the break.

  • Robin van Persie
    113
    54
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    Had a quiet first half despite United running riot, with all the best chances falling to Hernandez. Made no mistake when the ball did come his way, firing United into a 4-2 lead. Quiet after that, though, as the visitors caved in.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    238
    23
    3.50

    Shinji Kagawa

    Crashed in a fine header to get United started. Was influential in midfield, helping Cleverley pull the strings with some great touches and passes. Played in Giggs, who set up the fifth. Substituted.

Substitutions

  • Rio Ferdinand
    52
    51
    2.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Came on for the injured Evans and could not prevent Lukaku bundling in the equaliser.

  • Ryan Giggs
    101
    31
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Replaced Cleverley. Soon provided United's fifth by playing a fine low ball across the area, leaving Hernandez with a tap in. Put in a few teasing crosses and looked to be enjoying himself.

  • Paul Scholes
    93
    45
    2.00

    Paul Scholes

    Came on for his final United appearance but failed to get the goal he clearly wanted. Did pick up a typical booking, however.

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