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Manchester United's Player Ratings from the Last-Minute Draw vs. Tottenham

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20:  Steven Caulker of Tottenham Hotspur clears the ball from Robin van Persie of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on January 20, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Deep GhoshCorrespondent IIIJanuary 20, 2013

Here are the player ratings from Manchester United's second draw of the season.

David De Gea: He made some terrific saves throughout the game, especially from shots by Bale and Dempsey. He also handled the ball well in tricky conditions. The only disappointment must be conceding the late equalizer, especially his weak punch in the buildup to Spurs' goal, but the young Spanish stopper can be proud of his performance tonight. 8/10

Rafael Da Silva: The hype in the buildup to the game was all about Gareth Bale's threat to a shaky United defence. However, Rafael showed just how much he has developed this season by completely shackling the Welsh winger and forcing him to only a few harmless shots from the centre. 9/10

Rio Ferdinand: He had one standout moment when his last-ditch tackle on Jermaine Defoe prevented a certain goal. Even other than that, he looked near his imperious best. Is it a coincidence that his previous two appearances have been among his best, and both have come alongside Nemanja Vidic? 9/10

Nemanja Vidic: Have United missed their inspirational captain or what? The Serbian defender got first to almost everything, and especially noticeable was his one-man defence job on all aerial balls into the United box. 9/10

Patrice Evra: Once again faced with his old nemesis Aaron Lennon, Evra struggled from time to time against the England winger's pace. However, it was more a case of Lennon having a very good game than Evra being terrible. 6/10

Phil Jones: A surprise pick today, Jones repaid his manager's faith by playing the all-action role in central midfield. Quietly effective in the first half, Jones came into his own in the second half when United came under the cosh. He was alternately the auxiliary right-back, an auxiliary central defender, an attacking midfielder and a defensive midfielder. Probably my pick for the man of the match. 9/10

Michael Carrick: Carrick returned to his old stomping ground and put in another effective performance that exuded authority. His vision began the move that led to United's goal. He also put in a shift as a deep, defensive midfielder in the second half in the face of Tottenham pressure. To be honest, everything said about Jones above can also be said for Carrick today. 9/10

Tom Cleverley: He looked very good when he was on the ball, but his off-the-ball running wasn't the most effective. Cleverley also provided the final ball for Robin van Persie's goal with an accurate cross to the far post. 7/10

Danny Welbeck: Welbeck had another good game following his man-of-the-match performance against Liverpool last week. The young England international was full of running, and gave the Tottenham back line a hard time. Unfortunately, United did not really make the best use of Welbeck's game and form in the second half. 7/10

Shinji Kagawa: Once again, Kagawa's performance was full of isolated moments of promise mixed with largely anonymous passages of play. More than anything, he needs to adjust to the physicality of the Premier League, something especially evident from how frequently he lost the ball to Dembele in the first half. 6/10

Robin van Persie: Two things really stood out from RvP in this game: his movement for the United goal was as usual amazing, and his header at the end of it was perfect. Secondly, his defensive work, especially on Tottenham's set-pieces, was very good. (I counted at least four occasions when he headed the ball away from the near post!) 8/10

 

Substitutes:

Wayne Rooney: First of all, the United striker can count himself very very unlucky not to be given a penalty after coming on. (Maybe the snow interfered with Chris Foy's vision!) Rooney seems very much on the way back to full fitness, but he was full of running. What was especially heartening was his strength on the ball, something that has been occasionally missing from his game this season. 6/10

Antonio Valencia: The game was honestly set up perfectly for Valencia's introduction in the second half. With Tottenham pushing up in search of the equalizer, Sir Alex Ferguson sent the Ecuadorian winger on to enhance United's threat on the counter. Unfortunately, much like his recent performances, Valencia failed to live up to expectations. Disappointing is the only word that can describe it. 5/10

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