Player Ratings for Manchester United in 2-2 Draw with West Ham

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Player Ratings for Manchester United in 2-2 Draw with West Ham
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In a tense, physical battle at the Boleyn Ground, Manchester United fought back twice to earn a 2-2 draw against West Ham.

Ricardo Vaz Te and Antonio Valencia traded goals in the first half; Mohamed Diame and Robin van Persie in the second.

Two dropped points mean the Red Devils' lead at the summit of the Premier League table is reduced, but things could have been worse on a difficult evening.

Here are the player ratings for Sir Alex Ferguson's side:

 

David de Gea: 6

The Spaniard was knocked around by some physical challenges in his own six-yard box, but he kept his composure for the most part.

He could do little to stop either goal and didn't really have a save to make apart from that.

 

Rafael: 5

Not a great game for the returning Brazilian, who found it difficult to prevent Matt Jarvis from delivering countless crosses into the United box.

Going forward he wasn't very influential, his touch in the final third letting him down a couple of times.

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Nemanja Vidic: 7

A long night for the Serbian, although he probably loves these types of rugby games.

His aerial battle with Andy Carroll was a hard-fought one, and neither could really claim victory. He made some important interceptions in the second half as the game opened up.

 

Rio Ferdinand: 5

With Carroll fighting tooth and nail with Vidic for most of the night, Rio Ferdinand had less to do than his counterpart.

He was decent in the air and must be praised for some fine passes he played out from the back. But made a few mistakes that almost proved costly.

 

Patrice Evra: 5

Not a noteworthy game for the Frenchman, who, like Rafael, struggled to contain his opposite number.

He tried his hardest to be a positive influence in attack, but he just lacked the killer cross at the crucial time of asking.

 

Phil Jones: 6

The Englishman was everywhere Wednesday evening, throwing himself into challenges with reckless abandon.

He was a bit of a liability going forward, though. His passing and movement were clearly not at the level of some of his teammates.

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Michael Carrick: 6

With the Hammers focused on utilising the wings as much as possible, Michael Carrick's job of providing cover for the back line was a little redundant.

His passing was competent, even if he provided the team with a couple of scares during the match, sloppily losing possession in dangerous areas of the pitch.

 

Antonio Valencia: 6

Much better from the Ecuadorian, who may not be completely over his poor run of form, but a goal and some decent crosses are more than he can boast about than for the best part of the season.

His crossing still needs improvement, but he set up Robin van Persie nicely on a couple of occasions.

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Wayne Rooney: 6

The forward was involved in plenty of positive attacking football during the first half, even if he wasn't as effective as he was in a deeper role against Stoke at the weekend.

He was perhaps unlucky to be replaced by Sir Alex with 20 minutes remaining and the game in the balance. One hopes there isn't discord in the United camp.

 

Shinji Kagawa: 8

Easily the Red Devils' best player and a surefire pick for man of the match.

His work to set up Valencia for United's first showed just how effective he can be in a congested game, while his cracking shot that resulted in van Persie's second-half strike deserved to hit the back of the net itself.

He was constantly dropping deep, seeing plenty of the ball and creating space for his teammates.

 

Robin van Persie: 7

The Dutchman's converted penalty against Stoke City on Sunday was his first goal in over six hours of football and hinted that he had turned a corner after a particularly barren spell.

Another against West Ham, and one can safely say that's the case.

He could have had a hat-trick on Wednesday, but he was denied several times by an inspired Jussi Jaaskelainen.

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Substitutes

Ryan Giggs: 5

It was a very underwhelming cameo appearance from Ryan Giggs, who was sloppy in possession and unable to create anything down the left flank.

 

Javier Hernandez: N/A

There was not enough time for the Mexican striker to have an impact, though his glancing header almost won the game late on.

 

Who impressed you the most for United against West Ham? Who didn't?

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