A sub-par Manchester United scrambled past Queens Park Rangers, thanks to goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson. David De Gea was once again the star of the show as a shaky United backline managed to keep a clean sheet, sealing only their third away win of the campaign.
Let’s take a look at how the United players on their trip to Loftus Road.
David De Gea – 9
Denied in-form Charlie Austin twice in the first half before denying Isla from a tight angle in the dying seconds. Arguably the safest pair of hands in the Premier League.
Phil Jones – 7
Had little to do as United gradually grew into the game and imposed their game on the home side.
Jonny Evans – 7
Looked steady and alert to the danger. Did a solid job keeping the screws on Zamora and Austin.
Marcos Rojo – 7
Went shoulder to shoulder with Bobby Zamora and really looked like he was up to the challenge.
Daley Blind – 7
Quiet day at work for the Dutchman for most parts, except the occasional forays down the left flank.
Michael Carrick – 7.5
Kept things ticking nicely, but Harry had a plan for him. Passing range looked limited on the night, partly due to the small pitch.
Antonio Valencia – 7
Valencia’s no-nonsense, unfussy approach must impress Van Gaal. Another whole-hearted effort from the Ecuadorian last night.
Juan Mata – 5
Not one of his best days in a United shirt. Frustrating afternoon summed up by a yellow card and an early substitution.
Wayne Rooney – 7
Wayne Rooney can’t possibly be of much help on the left wing or as a central midfielder. van Gaal must use his captain further up-front to get the best out of him.
Angel Di Maria – 7
Frustrating display as the Argentine failed to hold the ball up in advanced positions. Not really linked up with his attacking colleagues.
Radamel Falcao – 5.5
The Colombian Could have had a hattrick. Ended up with nothing. Wasteful is an understatement.
Marouane Fellaini – 8
Neat with his passing and allowed United to assume control of the midfield. Scored a good goal to show for his troubles.
James Wilson – 7.5
Played in Falcao on a couple of occasions before scoring a superb solo goal himself to seal the points.
Ander Herrera – NA