Sunday, 11 March 2012

United vs WBA - Instant Impressions & Player Ratings

Manchester United took on West Brom at Old Trafford on Sunday in a vital match in the Barclays Premier League. The Reds prevailed 2-0 in a generally comfortable victory with two goals from Rooney.

Here are my early thoughts on the game straight after the final whistle:

First Half
  • Some quality flowing football in the first half without calling Foster into action 
  • Evans and Ferdinand have developed a solid partnership in the absence of Vidic
  • Ashley Young a constant threat down the left although often lacking in an end product
  • Scholes and Carrick show importance of their influence after lack of control in that area on Thursay
Second half

  • Pogba is staying! The boy has clearly come to his senses. Classic Fergie to give him a cameo role
  • Welbeck has had a fine season but sometimes gives the impression he tries to hard to impress. Consistency will come with experience
  • Hernandez much better outside the box and unlucky not to score
  • Rooney the director of operations on the pitch. Inventive and incisive.
  • Could be a pivotal day in the title race with City losing. Can they handle the pressure as the climax of the season draws near.
Player Ratings:

De Gea - 7
Jones - 6
Evans - 7
Ferdinand - 7
Evra - 6
Welbeck- 6
Scholes - 6
Carrick - 6
Young - 7
Rooney - 8 
Hernandez - 7

Subs - Pogba - 7, Cleverley - 6

What are your thoughts on the game and the player performances? Please continue the debate by leaving a comment below.


  1. How does Pogba get a 7 and both Scholes and Carrick (who ran the game) get a 6 each?

  2. From where I was sat, albeit all the way up in Tier 3, Rooney tended to play some sloppy passes at times.

    The team as a whole looked a bit out of balance without a "proper" right winger. I reckon if we'd had Valencia fit for today, we'd have seen a few more goals.

    Top day, though, taken as a whole.