Player Ratings for Manchester United in Crazy 5-5 Draw with West Brom

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
Player Ratings for Manchester United in Crazy 5-5 Draw with West Brom
Michael Regan/Getty Images

Football eh? Bloody hell!

Sir Alex Ferguson's final game at the helm of Manchester United could not have been more dramatic as he saw his side squander a 5-2 lead with 10 minutes to play.

West Brom's defiant comeback was inspired by substitute Romelu Lukaku, who scored an incredible second-half hat trick.

Shinji Kagawa, Alex Buttner, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez were on target for the Red Devils.

Here are the player ratings for United:

 

Anders Lindegaard: 4

Any time a keeper concedes five goals in a game, you know he is going to come in for some stick afterwards.

United's No. 2 shot-stopper looked shaky for much of Sunday's game, and should have done better for at least a couple of the Baggies' goals.

 

Antonio Valencia: 7

Much better from the Ecuadorian winger, who contributed more going forward than he has in any previous game this term.

He looked to have that extra burst of acceleration back, even if his final delivery was not always perfect.

Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

 

Phil Jones: 5

A shaky display in defence by Phil Jones, perhaps suggesting that his future lies in defensive midfield.

He threw himself around, but his positioning was poor, not helped by his unfamiliar partner Jonny Evans.

 

Jonny Evans: 5

Per Football365, Sir Alex said before the game, "I want to play Jonny Evans and Phil Jones at centre-half because they are the future."

This may be the case, but the two did not function properly against West Brom. Evans looked out of sorts trying to handle the physical Romelu Lukaku.

 

Alex Buttner: 6

A mixed outing for the Dutchman, who was promising going forward, but caught out of position countless times in defence.

His goal was excellent—a driven shot past Ben Foster that nestled in the bottom corner.

Michael Regan/Getty Images

 

Michael Carrick: 6

Handed the captain's armband, Michael Carrick had an underwhelming game in central midfield.

He offered little protection for the back line, but his distribution from the back was typically assured.

 

Anderson: 6

It was somewhat surprising to see Anderson play the full 90 minutes at the Hawthorns.

The Brazilian started brightly as one of the midfield runners, but faded in the second period. This was possibly his final game for United.

 

Tom Cleverley: 7

A decent game for the England youngster in front of the watching Roy Hodgson.

His passing and movement was excellent. He was subbed before the crazy finale, so could not be blamed for that.

 

Shinji Kagawa: 8

Playing in a central playmaking role, Shinji Kagawa was one of Manchester United's standout players.

He scored his side's opener and was very influential before being subbed with 20 minutes to play.

Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

 

Javier Hernandez: 7

The Mexican forward got a deserved goal in the second half—his industry and link-up play was exemplary until that point.

He will almost certainly remain at Old Trafford next season, but his future role under David Moyes unknown.

 

Robin van Persie: 6

Not the Dutchman's finest display, but it did produce a goal—his 30th of a landmark campaign.

He will finish the Premier League's top scorer for the season, and perhaps a little unlucky to finish third in Player of the Year voting.

 

Substitutes

Ryan Giggs: 7

He and fellow veteran Paul Scholes enjoyed their cameos, but it was Giggs who really impressed. His assist for Javier Hernandez's goal was pinpoint.

 

Paul Scholes: 6

Manchester United bade farewell to one of the club's greatest heroes, who was lucky not to see red during the game.

Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

 

Rio Ferdinand: N/A

Rio was brought on just in time to witness Romelu Lukaku's late equaliser.

 


Bleacher Report's Premier League coverage has been nominated in the 2012-13 EPLTalk awards. Cast your vote here.

Load More Stories

Follow Manchester United from B/R on Facebook

Follow Manchester United from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Out of Bounds

Manchester United

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.