Player Ratings: United 2-1 Sunderland

After 120 minutes of distinctly average football, Manchester United won on the night but it wasn’t enough to progress to the final. Sunderland won in the penalty shootout and deservedly so, as Gus Poyet’s men were the far better team on the night and they deserve their trip to Wembley.

David de Gea – Will be made the scapegoat because of his mistake in the dying minutes. Made up for it in the penalty shootout though. 5/10

Rafael – Had a shocker. Struggled getting back defensively, gave the ball away too easily and committed to many silly fouls. 3/10

Chris Smalling – One of our better performers. He put his head on everything and wasn’t afraid to put his body on the line for the cause. 6/10

Jonny Evans – Scored the opening goal from a corner. Won his fair share of headers but was poor positionally at times. 4/10

Alex Buttner – Adam Johnson had him beat every time. He struggled with his positioning whilst tracking back. Final ball into the box also let him down. 4/10

Michael Carrick – Limped off with an ankle problem. Gave the ball away more times than you’d expect though. 4/10

Darren Fletcher – Put in a captains performance. He led by example, and was the only player who scored his penalty. 6/10

Adnan Januzaj – Wasn’t at his best, but at least he tried to do different things and get a few shots off. Should’ve done better with his penalty though. 5/10

Shinji Kagawa – Very quiet. Lacked any real quality in passing and movement. 4/10

Danny Welbeck – Looked like Bambi on ice. He hardly stayed on his feet, and got outmuscled far too often. Lacked pace. His poor penalty summed up his evening. 3/10

Javier Hernandez – Shocking outside the six yard box. Probably should’ve scored to make it 2-0 and the game would’ve been won. Scored a tap-in. 5/10


Phil Jones – Not a natural midfielder and that showed again today. 4/10

Antonio Valencia – Bombed forward but had no support. 5/10

Patrice Evra – Not enough time to mark.

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