Another Premier League defeat deflates all the positivity sparked by Juan Mata’s arrival…
Manchester United player ratings
- 01 David de Gea – 6
The Spaniard wasn’t at fault for either goal, and especially not the second – which was a thunderbolt from the edge of the area into the top corner.
- 12 Chris Smalling – 4
Was moved to centre-back from right-back following Evans’ injury, and didn’t look at all comfortable. He was clumsy in possession, and looked easily beatable in the air despite his height.
- 04 Phil Jones (Welbeck – 45′ ) – 6
The English centre-back was stretchered off after a fairly uneventful first-half, and the extent of his injury is not yet known.
- 06 Jonny Evans (Rafael – 11′ ) – n/a
Evans was hauled off early, and United fans will be hoping his injury isn’t serious.
- 03 Patrice Evra – 5
Ran tirelessly, but it sometimes seemed all in vein when he should have been been conserving energy and picking the right times to penetrate. Peter Odemwingie actually caused him problems.