All eyes were on David Moyes and his men today as Manchester United were facing the physically dependent Stoke City side. David Moyes was able to call on the services of Robin Van Persie again although Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand missed out through injury. Shinji Kagawa took a midfield birth but young Adnan Januzaj had to be content with a place on the subs bench.
8/10 De Gea: Had an excellent match with some terrific saves. His first save was brilliant but was unlucky as it went from a deflection by Crouch as Evans tried the clear the ball.
4/10 Smalling: Had a very bad game with some sloppy play and hardly contributing to the attack.
5/10 Jones: Same as Smalling, conceded a needless free kick which led to a goal.
5/10 Evans: His terrific run of form ended finally today with having a below average game.
6/10 Evra: Frenchman had a great game with contributing brilliantly to United attack. United had no width at all and were dead centrally. Only Evra seem to be willing to create something.
6.5/10 Carrick: Michael Carrick was caught sleeping on the ball twice but overall had a good game with finding out strikers with clever passes.
3/10 Nani: Had a shocker. Was the worst player on the pitch with sloppy plays throughout the game. Although, his pass resulted in a goal when Rooney had his header on target which was deflected by Begovic to Robin van Persie.
5/10 Cleverley: Not one of the days to be remembered for the English midfielder.
5.5/10 Kagawa: Had an okayish game with a few decent moments. Mainly played as a back passer but did less wrong.
8.5/10 Rooney: Wayne Rooney was the best player on the pitch for Manchester United. Had a wonderful game and was the only one who was trying to make things happen rather than waiting for them. Scored a wonderfully directed header for the equalizer. Man of the match.
7/10 van Persie: Had a good game again. With no service from the midfield he linked up well with Rooney and notched on one of the few chances to score the first goal.
7/10 Januzaj: The boy impressed again with adding the spark missing in Manchester United’s play. Showed maturity of a player for his age.
6.5/10 Hernandez: Chicharito did what he does best. Notched on the winning chance with a good header for the winner.