Matchday Player Ratings
By Michael Ramsay
David de Gea – 8
Displayed some fantastic reaction shots to keep out Swansea’s attacks. Did well to hold onto a Danny Graham strike in the second period.
Phil Jones – 7
Strong and assured down Man United’s right flank, and nearly grabbed a first-half goal. Looks to be returning to the form that made the world take notice at the Reebok in September.
Chris Smalling – 6.5
Was caught in possession by Danny Graham in the second half, but was comfortable otherwise throughout the contest.
Rio Ferdinand – 7
Composed as ever, was rarely caught out. Tracked his man every time, and showed his effervescent confidence throughout.
Patrice Evra – 7
Dealed with Swansea trickster Nathan Dyer down the right, even if he was outpaced a couple of times. Looks to be finding form towards the end of a difficult season for him.
Antonio Valencia – 8
Strong and assured on the ball. Battered through the Swansea defense like an ox, and it was his intervention that led to Scholes’ opener.
Michael Carrick – 7.5
His deflected shot found the back of the net through the intervention of Scholes, which allowed the Mancunians to settle. Was rarely troubled and tracked the runs of Swan hitman Gilfi Sigurdsson.
Paul Scholes – 7.5
His passing was top-notch as usual, and showed quick feet to divert the opening goal from close range. Has proven to be an invaluable asset since announcing his unretirement.
Ashley Young – 8.5
Had the Swansea defense on the back foot, with his dazzling footwork bamboozling the Welsh side. Curled in a sumptuous strike into the bottom corner of the net.
Wayne Rooney – 6.5
These are the sort of games where Rooney needs to be racking up the goals. His goalscoring form has improved drastically as of late, but he rarely threatened Swan goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
Javier Hernandez – 6
Snatched at a chance in the first period, but was ultimately found wanting on the goalscoring stage. Needs a rest over the summer to recharge the batteries, and come back fresher for the 12/13 season.
Tom Cleverley – 6
Showed some nice touches, after replacing his predecessor. A promising talent, but there will only ever be one Paul Scholes.
Dimitar Berbatov – n/a
Was only given 12 minutes in what will probably be his final outing at Old Trafford. May not have lived up to his price tag since arriving from London, but has still scored some crucial goals, and his hat-trick against the Scousers will live long in the memory.
Rafael – n/a
Replaced Ferdinand in the 88th minute, so didn’t have time to impose himself on proceedings.
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