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Manchester United vs Tottenham Player Ratings + Moyes Interview

 After showing hopes of a comeback in recent weeks, Manchester United suffered yet another home defeat against Tottenham. Here is how players from both fronts fared during the game,

Manchester United

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David De Gea: 6/10

He made a smart save with his legs in the first half to deny Aaron Lennon after he had been played in behind the defense by Roberto Soldado. However, he was helpless for both of the goals that Spurs scored.

Chris Smalling: 5.5/10

He had a glorious chance to open the scoring midway through the first half after being set up by Valencia but he shot straight at Lloris. He was caught out by Eriksen’s cross and failed to challenge Adebayor for the first Spurs goal.

Jonny Evans: 6.5/10

He seems to be developing a solid partnership with Vidic and looked to get involved in the buildup quite a few times, even getting into the box on a couple of occasions. He defended solidly against Soldado but was beaten too easily by Lennon in the buildup for the Spurs’ second.

Nemanja Vidic: 7/10

He looked dominant in the air and hardly gave any joy to the Spurs strikers in aerial duels, and made crucial interceptions. However, he couldn’t cut out Lennon’s cross for Spurs’ second goal after he was caught flat-footed at right-back, and then he failed to capitalize on a couple of chances to score late in the game.

Patrice Evra: 5/10

His lack of pace was exploited time and again by Lennon down the right hand side, and was guilty of ball-watching multiple time, allowing players to get in behind him. He failed to put any sort of pressure on Eriksen when he was crossing for Adebayor’s goal.

Antonio Valencia: 5.5/10

He looked average on the right hand side. His final ball, however, was erratic all game, and he failed to pick out team mates even when in really good positions. He was caught out for the Spurs’ second when he failed to track the run of Eriksen.

Michael Carrick: 6.5/10

He was the orchestrator of most of the plays in the first half, and was looking to pull the strings from deep. At times, he looked to be playing a little too deep, and failed to break open the Spurs defense. He was subbed off in the second half.

Tom Cleverley: 6/10

He showed plenty of energy to roam around the entire pitch, but the powerful Dembele seemed to have the better of him. Despite all his energy, the final product seemed missing, and went missing from the game in most of the second half.

Adnan Januzaj: 7/10

The youngster looked to make things happen whenever he got in the ball, be it on the right or the left, with his skill and willingness to run at defenders. He played in Danny Welbeck for United’s only goal of the game with a superb pass.

Wayne Rooney: 6.5/10

Rooney appeared slightly off the pace following his hurried return after a groin injury. However, he played some delightful cross-field balls and was full of running for the entire game. United would have preferred him to play closer to the box in order to hurt Spurs, and he picked up a silly yellow card for a needless tug on Dembele in the first half.

Danny Welbeck: 7.5/10

The young striker has been in good form of late and continued his scoring run with a well taken goal in the second half. His movement was lively throughout the game, and he looked to make runs behind the defense every chance he got.


Javier Hernandez: 5.5/10

He looked lively after replacing Michael Carrick on the hour mark, but was let down by his touch in the box a couple of times.

Shinji Kagawa: 5.5/10

The Japanese midfielder failed to influence the game in the half hour he was on the pitch after replacing Smalling. The closest he came to making an impact when he came close to turning in a Januzaj cross.

Ashley Young: 5/10

He came on with less than ten minutes to go, and did not have sufficient time to make an impact. He had a late shout for a penalty turned down after he was taken out in the box by Lloris.

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