Player Ratings for Manchester United vs. Swansea City

Max TowleAnalyst IMay 12, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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On an emotional day at Old Trafford, the Manchester United faithful bade farewell to the greatest legend of them all.

In Sir Alex Ferguson's final home game in charge of the Red Devils, a late Rio Ferdinand strike downed a stubborn Swansea City side, 2-1. Javier Hernandez opened the scoring, before a stunning Michu strike levelled things shortly after the halftime break.

Here are the complete player ratings on an afternoon where the pouring rain was gracious enough to hide the tears of so many.


David de Gea: 7

The Spanish shot-stopper could do little to prevent Michu's volley, having been largely untroubled in the first half. He did make an excellent save to deny Pablo Hernandez halfway through the second period.


Phil Jones: 8

In a performance that typified that youngster's driving force, Phil Jones stood out at right-back.

He thundered forward with vigour, while defending with an uncompromising toughness. He also made some excellent tackles and key blocks.


Rio Ferdinand: 7

The English veteran was not having his best game until he struck a dramatic winner with time ticking away. His celebration was an understandably ecstatic response to the most meaningful goal he'll ever score.


Nemanja Vidic: 7

The Serbian defender was excellent again at the heart of the Red Devils back line. He was forceful in the air and determined, making the type of roaring tackles that he is known for.


Patrice Evra: 7

Despite being caught out a couple of times on the back foot, Patrice Evra was very impressive going forward Sunday. His future is unclear with David Moyes' imminent arrival, but if today's game is anything to go by, he is not done yet.


Michael Carrick: 7

Another fine, understated display in the middle from PFA Player of the Year nominee, Michael Carrick. The English midfielder ran the game in the first half, though he was a little overwhelmed in the second.


Paul Scholes: 6

The retiring legend was understandably rusty in his final appearance at Old Trafford, but this is irrelevant. He will go down as one of the club's best, most loyal players in history. His class will be missed.


Danny Welbeck: 6

This was an energetic display from the young forward, but his final product was ultimately lacking. He had the chance to set up Javier Hernandez for an easy strike in the second half, but over-hit his cross.


Shinji Kagawa: 7

If Wayne Rooney is to depart this summer, Shinji Kagawa will instantly become one of the most important players in the team.

He was an imaginative threat playing the trequartista role against Swansea, one he will continue next term.


Javier Hernandez: 7

How fitting that Javier Hernandez should find the back of the net in Sir Alex's final game—he is a true professional and must have a more significant role to play under David Moyes. He was withdrawn in the second half after a fine game.


Robin van Persie 7

The man whose impact at Old Trafford arguably proved the difference this season, Robin van Persie showed his quality again, Sunday. He didn't find the back of the net but was a creative attacking threat for the full 90 minutes.



Anderson: 6

He had lots of energy, even if his final ball was often lacking.


Antonio Valencia: 5

This was an innocuous cameo appearance from the man whose season has been very disappointing.


Ryan Giggs: 6

Giggs showed his quality in the final 20 minutes. How odd it will be to see the Welsh veteran playing for a different manager next term.



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