Danny Welbeck, Antonio Valencia and Tom Cleverley starred for Manchester United as Aston Villa were thrashed at their home ground of Villa Park. Read player ratings here.
David De Gea: 7/10
Had little to do, but saved every shot that came at him. David De Gea’s command of his area is improving rapidly too.
Got forward well, and was untroubled at the back. The Brazilian’s partnership with Antonio Valencia was key today.
Patrice Evra: 7/10
Did not contribute as much in attack in recent seasons, but shackled Marc Albrighton well.
Phil Jones: 7/10
Performed solidly in his audition at centre back – a position he deems to be his best.
Jonny Evans: 7/10
Took on the mantle of senior partner in the central defensive pairing and led his more junior colleague well.
Tom Cleverley: 8/10
One of his very best games in a Manchester United shirt. Cleverley completed 94% of his tackles, and contributed well in attack.
Ryan Giggs: 7/10
Helped control possession as Aston Villa failed to close down the Manchester United midfield without Fabian Delph.
Antonio Valencia: 8/10
Had a riot on the right wing, and was able to beat his man time and time again. Provided the cross for Danny Welbeck’s second goal.
Adnan Januzaj: 7/10
Showed good skill and movement to get into central attacking areas, but was often outmuscled and needs to improve upper body strength before he can fulfil his potential.
Wayne Rooney: 7/10
An intelligent performance. Rooney played almost as a central midfielder at times, before breaking further forward at pace to help Manchester United counters.
Danny Welbeck: 8/10
Scored twice in Robin Van Persie’s absence, showing just what he can do when selected in his primary position.
Darren Fletcher: 7/10
Played well on his first appearance in a year, showing composure in passing and ambition going forward.
Ashley Young: 6/10
Booed by both sets of fans coming on, Young was tidy but struggled with the weight of his passing.
Wilfried Zaha: 6/10
Had little time to make an impression.