Manchester United vs. Swansea: Live Player Ratings for the Red Devils

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJanuary 5, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United gestures during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third round match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 5, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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We round off our FA Cup Third Round weekend coverage with yet another potential giant-killing.

Although Manchester United and Swansea City are in the same division, the hosts are heavy favourites, and good footballing teams have set a precedent of grabbing results at Old Trafford thus far.

Michael Laudrup's men are underperforming in the Premier League and have gained just 21 points from 20 matches, signalling a sizable hangover from their Capital One Cup-winning season last time out.

Can the Swans use the lights of Old Trafford to springboard their season, or will David Moyes' men march onward?

Here, we will provide live player ratings for the Red Devils as they attempt to put their names in the hat for the fourth round—updated at half-time and full-time!

Manchester United XI
PlayerPositionH/T GradeF/T Grade
Anders LindegaardGK67
Chris SmallingRB76
Jonny EvansCB66
Rio FerdinandCB55
Alex BüttnerLB77
Antonio ValenciaRM55
Darren FletcherCM77
Tom CleverleyCM77
Shinji KagawaLM55
Danny WelbeckST66
Javier HernandezST76
Subs
Adnan JanuzajWingN/A6
Fabio (s/o)RBN/A3
Michael CarrickCMN/AN/A
B/R UK

Anders Lindegaard: Showed good hands to deal with a few long-range efforts and the goal conceded was a sublime lob. Largely untroubled.

Chris Smalling: One of United's better players in the first half, trying to make something happen on the right. Stunted the attacking play in the second period.

Jonny Evans: The best of the two centre-backs, but far from outstanding. Picked out Javier Hernandez with one sublime pass of note.

Rio Ferdinand: Rather suspect and uncertain most of the time. Injured later on and was substituted.

Alex Büttner: Delivered three sublime crosses early on, one of which resulted in a goal. Solid overall.

Antonio Valencia: A very dodgy outing. Being outshone by Smalling in an attacking capacity is not a good thing. Is there a more one-footed player in world football?

Darren Fletcher: Comes back into the midfield and immediately seems United's best central player. A strong showing. Filled in at right-back at the end.

Tom Cleverley: Solid if unspectacular. Didn't put a foot wrong, but didn't put one right.

Shinji Kagawa: Some nice touches in the final third, but largely anonymous in the wide areas. Dallied on the ball too often.

Danny Welbeck: Like Kagawa, some nice moments and good interchanging around the box but ultimately coming up short.

Javier Hernandez: Scorer of one goal, misser of one sitter. Continually frustrated with a lack of service, but could have had a hat-trick.