Player Ratings: Tottenham 2-2 United

United twice came from behind to earn a hard fought 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane, after 2 goals from Wayne Rooney moved him up to 5th on the list of all time leading Premier League scorers.

David de Gea: Unsighted for the first goal, could do little about the second, and didn’t have much to do after that. 6/10

Chris Smalling: Linked well with Valencia down the right, but I will can’t wait to have Rafael back. 6/10

Jonny Evans: Did ok, but needed to close down spaces quicker. Needlessly brought down Paulinho for the opening goal. 6/10

Nemanja Vidic: Booked late on for a shirt pull, but otherwise, was penalised unfairly for some of his robust challenges. 7/10

Patrice Evra: Up against Lennon, and then Townsend and Evra was once again pulled apart by the nippy wingers. Didn’t get forward as much as usual. 5/10

Phil Jones: Worked hard and closed down spaces. Booked for a lunging tackle on Defoe, meaning he will be unavailable for Wednesdays game against Everon. 6/10

Tom Cleverley: Not a great performance by Tom, kept the ball moving, but needs to close down spaces a bit quicker as we were overran earlier on by Spurs midfield. 6/10

Antonio Valencia: Ran, and Ran and Ran and…
Terrorised Vertonghen down the left and was a constant threat. 8/10

Shinji Kagawa: Given his chance in the number 10 role, but unable to capitalise. Shifted out to the left during the first half and then replaced. 6/10

Danny Welbeck: Worked well down the left, then moved up front. Won a penalty and if he had more composure, should have layed the ball off to Rooney to make it 3-2. 7/10

Wayne Rooney:
2 goals and a good performance yet again. 5th in the all time list of Premier League scorers. First goal was an instinctive stab past Lloris, where the second was a drilled penalty. 8/10

Javier Hernandez Replaced Welbeck but did little. 5/10

Nani: Replaced Valencia down the right and tried to make an opening. 6/10

Ashley Young: Replaced Kagawa down the left and did nothing. Makes you wonder why Januzaj wasn’t on the bench in his place. 5/10

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  1. Have to agree, United looked like they had a winning formula in midweek and moyes tore it apart for no apparent reason, giggly aside.. Rotation is for top of the table big squads full of quality, not teams mid table desperate for points and a best 11. Showing a complete lack of appreciation for Uniteds predicament. Much more of this and we’ll be 9 points off 4th, never mind top. 4 points lost in two games must be among the very worst performances in the league over the last couple of games..and neither against top 4 competition.. Diabolical.. Questions have to asked now..

  2. Cleverley wasn’t AS bad as everyone seems to be making out, but we certainly need a total overhaul of our midfield. Dembele and Paulinho showed how it should be done. Disappointed Kagawa didn’t capitalise on his chance to play through the middle

  3. Cleverley was terrible. We can’t keep playing him and Jones thereby lacking any form of creativity at all. It’s one of them but never both. Also I don’t know why Nani/Januzaj did not start, we lack any form of real attacking intent as Rooney was more involved in build-up play. Can’t get why Welbeck had to play in front rather than on the left to allow Kagawa in the middle. Read more in my match report here >>>

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