Selasa, 20 Mac 2012

Player evaluation - MU vs Wolverhampton Wanderers assesses how each Manchester United player performed at Wolves

First Eleven

David De Gea: 
 A 10th consecutive start and the continuity is helping the young Spaniard to enjoy some consistency in his game. Not tested until diving to deny Michael Kightly and Steven Fletcher in quick succession in the second half, which showed his concentration levels are top notch.
Tenacious and got forward at will to support Antonio Valencia down the right. Should have picked out Javier Hernandez when his early cross evaded everybody and survived half-hearted penalty appeals after showing more desire to win a 50-50 ball with Matt Jarvis inside the box. One first-time pass down the line to Valencia was excellent and it was his cross that allowed Javier Hernandez to head in his first goal.
Jonny Evans:
Will be overjoyed with his first goal for the club after a long wait and he snapped up the opportunity like a seasoned striker. Alert throughout, composed in defence and a majestic pass to Valencia led to the third goal. His defensive work is his day job, though, and one clever reading of the play to snuff out Jarvis' pass was also impressive.

Rio Ferdinand:
On guard from the very first whistle, he was in control against Steven Fletcher and resolute throughout. Able to play under no real pressure following the sending off and indulged himself with a fabulous crossfield pass to Valencia, United's main attacking outlet.

Patrice Evra:
A quiet display from the skipper who did his defensive duties with minimum fuss and, although getting forward freely, he did not contribute too much of note in the attacking third. A neat header infield in the first half summed up his organisation and efficiency and he'll have busier afternoons.

Antonio Valencia:
Close to a 10 out of 10 performance from the returning right winger, who was unplayable at times. It was possible to almost feel sorry for Stephen Ward as the Wolves skipper was handed the unenviable task of halting somebody with the speed and power of a runaway train. His goal was brilliant and he also set up goals for Welbeck and Hernandez. Welcome back!

Michael Carrick:
Found himself in advanced positions on a number of occasions, choking an early shot wide. It was his deflected attempt that earned the corner for the first goal, which he assisted with a neatly-cushioned touch for Evans to score. Managed another shot just before the half-time whistle and looked as classy as ever in the midfield.

Paul Scholes:
Calm and measured from the off, dictating the tempo and pulling the strings. Highlights of another polished performance were a delicious pass wide to the ever-dangerous Valencia and a disguised through ball to Hernandez that was miscontrolled by the Mexican. Perhaps a little fortunate not to be booked after a couple of late tackles.

Danny Welbeck:
A 10th goal in all competitions this season, finished emphatically, and another all-action display from the youngster. Received an early wake-up call after being beaten by Ronald Zubar but it was the defender's foul on Welbeck that earned a second yellow card. A gorgeous flick in the build-up to the fifth goal was sheer quality and the only negative was a booking for a foul on the sprightly Michael Kightly.

Wayne Rooney:
Took some time to find his passing range but the ball down the line to Valencia for the second goal was perfectly timed. Dropping deep to allow others to get onto the scoresheet today, he became heavily involved after the break and impressed Sky enough to earn their man-of-the-match award. Unlucky to see Wayne Hennessey push away a fine, curling effort.

Javier Hernandez:
Struggled to get involved in the early exchanges as the passes weren't reaching him but his lay-off helped spark the move that led to Valencia's goal. Showed a rare flash of temper after being clumsily elbowed by Richard Stearman in the box but he regained his composure to do what he does best in the second half. A close-range header and buried finish means it's now 10 goals in the league this season for the predatory Mexican.


Paul Pogba (for Carrick, 57m):

 Another run-out for the Frenchman, whose future continues to be the subject of much debate. Fitted in pretty seamlessly, albeit against well-beaten opponents, and certainly looks first-team quality.

Fabio (for Evra, 63m):
Joined his twin Rafael on the pitch and managed to get forward to fire one shot wide from a Welbeck pass.

Chris Smalling (for Evans, 75m): 
Played in protective headgear again after his injury whilst on international duty with England and quickly showed his capabilities by neutralising a dangerous run into the box by Fletcher.


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