United vs Swansea Player Ratings

We rate the players in the Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Vorm pulling off a fine save!

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Goals from Paul Scholes and Ashley Young were enough to see the defending champions cruise to a 2-0 win, but City's defeat of Newcastle by the same margin earlier in the day means that the title is slipping away from Old Trafford.

Here, we take a look at how the players fared in their penultimate game of the season.

Man United: 

David De Gea - 7

Made a couple of decent saves off Gylfi Sigurdsson and distributed the ball quickly in a bid to set United forward.

Phil Jones - 5

A lot of industry without much quality from the youngster whose form has tapered off after such an impressive start to his Old Trafford career. Linked up well with Antonio Valencia on the right, but too often his final ball lacked venom. Was tricked a couple of times by the pacy Scott Sinclair down the flank as well.

Chris Smalling - 6

Had a couple of hairy moments against Danny Graham - allowing the Swansea striker to get shots on goal. Largely though, it was an easy outing for the central defender.

Rio Ferdinand (off 88') - 6.5

Did well to keep out the numerous corners that Swansea won in the second-half, and even found time to rampage forward a couple of times. One such run late on saw him sink to his knees though and the veteran had to be replaced by Rafael for the closing stages of the match.

Patrice Evra - 7

Had one of his better games in recent times - going on a few decent overlapping runs to attract defenders and allow Ashley Young to wreak havoc on the flank. Stood up well against the strong Nathan Dyer, although Dyer's replacement Luke Moore did cause a few problems.

Antonio Valencia - 8

Tormented Neil Taylor out wide, getting the better of the Swansea left-back almost every time. Set up the first goal with a precision centre to Michael Carrick and should have had an assist later after playing Carrick in again with a lovely backheel.  

Michael Carrick - 7

Played a lot more adventurously than he normally does - trundling forward at every opportunity and grabbing himself an assist when his shot was deflected in by Paul Scholes. Did a good job in limiting the dangerous Sigurdsson to shots from distance.

Paul Scholes (off 68') - 6

He may have scored the opening goal, but this wasn't vintage Scholes by any means. Mislaid a few passes, and generally could not find those raking balls that have cut open defences in past matches.

Ashley Young - 9

Player of the match. The best of Young was on display against a hapless Angel Rangel who simply could not keep up with the winger's twisting trickery. Young looked threatening all night long and deservedly grabbed a goal - a beautifully placed shot in the bottom corner - for his efforts.

Wayne Rooney (off 79') - 4

Carried on from Monday's derby when he cut such a frustrated figure and provided very little by way of penetration for United down the centre. Was replaced by Dimitar Berbatov after some petulant gestures and a needless yellow card.

Javier Hernandez - 3

The lethal poacher from the previous season has been replaced by a hapless doppelganger who can't take advantage of the simplest chances. Had at least three opportunities to score, somehow managed to miss all of them. Hernandez needs to become far more versatile if he is to enjoy a long career at Old Trafford.

Subs

Tom Cleverley (on 68') - 6.5

Didn't see enough of the ball to judge whether he has fully recovered, but a couple of give and gos with Berbatov hinted at more joy for the youngster and United next season.

Dimitar Berbatov (on 79') - 6

In what might have been his Old Trafford swansong, the Bulgarian showed a couple of touches that had made Fergie fork out a princely sum for him in the first place. One cross in particular to find Cleverley late in the game oozed class - and was a reminder of what could have been for the former Spurs man.

Rafael (on 88') - n.a

Swansea 

Michel Vorm - 7.5

Did well to limit the damage - denying Evra and Rooney in quick succession before pulling off a good one-handed save to stop Cleverley and generally showing the quality that has captured the attention of so many this season.

Angel Rangel - 3

Had a nightmare against Young, and should have had a penalty given against him when he brought the winger down in the first-half.  Didn't give Dyer enough support up front either.  

Steven Caulker (off 90') - 7

Was a solid presence in the area, tying Hernandez down for the most part - not allowing the pacy United man to peel off and run on to through balls. Some desperate last-ditch blocks also denied Rooney and Carrick in the second-half.

Ashley Williams - 7.5

Shielded his goal quite superbly from the near-constant bombardment coming in from the wide areas. Some of his headed clearances were absolutely top quality, especially with red shirts crowding the Swansea penalty area in numbers.

Neil Taylor - 3

Just like his teammate on the right, Taylor simply could not get a handle on United's play down the flank - failing to keep a lid on Valencia. It was only a mix of good defending from Williams and Caulker along with Hernandez's inept finishing which prevented Swansea from leaving with an embarrassing  scoreline.

Joe Allen - 5

Managed to carve out some good positions for himself up front, but having done that - either failed to control the ball or find a teammate at the right time.

Gylfi Sigurdsson - 6

Showed a few moments of class, but it wasn't the best of nights for Swansea's star man. Simply could not get the better of United's midfield, was hurried into poor passes and failed to thread the passes or test De Gea too often. 

Mark Gower (off 45') - 3

Like Rangel behind him, Gower was simply helpless against Young and Co. Could not have got more than a few seconds on the ball - and didn't do anything noteworthy with those.

Nathan Dyer (on 71') - 7

Did well to hold the ball up on his own when United were going on all-out attack in the first-half - his pace helping him get up the pitch and give the defence some precious breathing time. Could not get the better of Evra on most occasions though.

Danny Graham - 3

Failed to take advantage of the few chances that Swansea managed to carve out. Lacked the conviction to go for goal when in good positions - and when he did, the shots were straight at De Gea.

Scott Sinclair - 7

Had a decent outing out wide and looked the most likely to cause United damage with his pace down the channel. Lacked quality support at most times. 

Subs

Leon Britton (on 45') - 6.5

Did well to shackle Rooney down the centre, frustrating the striker and drawing quite a few fouls.  

Luke Moore (on 71') - 7.5

Did slightly better than Dyer, in that he managed to get past Evra a few times as Swansea won a succession of corners thanks to his work. Might have made a case for manager Brendan Rodgers to consider starting him in the final game of the season.

Alan Tate (on 90') - n.a



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