David Moyes faced his critics head-on on Saturday and was rewarded with a big performance from his players, as United came from behind to win at Old Trafford.
It looked bleak for Moyes after his side fell behind to Ashley Westwood's free-kick just moments after a banner reading "Wrong One—Moyes Out" was flown over the ground, but Wayne Rooney scored twice and Juan Mata notched his first United goal as the home side quickly turned things around.
Javier Hernandez then finished the scoring in injury time, as United got a key win. Here are how the players fared.
|Player||HT rating||FT rating|
|David De Gea||6||6|
First half analysis
David De Gea: Got a hand to Westwood’s opener, but could not quite keep it out. Perhaps could blame his wall for falling to stand tall. Was otherwise comfortable.
Rafael da Silva: Booked early for a rash challenge, the Brazilian looked suspect defensively but compensated by offering a reasonable outlet going forward.
Phil Jones: Shrugged off an early knock to deal reasonably comfortable with Villa’s few forays forward.
Nemanja Vidic: Less precise on the ball than he once was, and occasionally bullied by Benteke, Vidic was generally safe and solid alongside Jones.
Alexander Buttner: Like Rafael, earned an early booking for a silly challenge. But was a valuable and willing running alongside Kagawa down the left.
Ashley Young: Struggled with some of his crossing at times.
Marouane Fellaini: Started sluggishly, but grew into the game as the half went on.
Darren Fletcher: His running from midfield seemed to help drive the team forward after a sombre start to proceedings.
Shinji Kagawa: His perfect cross allowed Rooney to equalise, and then he played the throughball that saw Juan Mata brought down for United’s second.
Juan Mata: Moved in and out of the match at times, but won the penalty that enabled Rooney to give United the lead on the stroke of half-time.
Wayne Rooney: Made no mistake with two gilt-edged chances—the second from the penalty spot—to turn the game around for United.
Second half analysis
David De Gea: Relatively untroubled, but could perhaps have come for a few more crosses into the box as Benteke caused his defenders trouble.
Rafael da Silva: Was replaced at half-time by Michael Carrick, who occasionally struggled but did not concede.
Phil Jones: Shifted to right-back and was fairly comfortable.
Nemanja Vidic: Continued to be bullied on occasion by Benteke, and did not appear comfortable alongside Carrick. Then again, United did not concede.
Alexander Buttner: Continued in the same vein as the first half
Ashley Young: Was a disappointing presence as those around him seemed to get better and better.
Marouane Fellaini: His presence was keenly felt in the second half, and he was instrumental in Mata's goal that killed off the game.
Darren Fletcher: Continued to give his side the foundation to perform.
Shinji Kagawa: His job was done by the time he was withdrawn for Adnan Januzaj.
Juan Mata: Grabbed his first goal in United red from close range—and looked understandably delighted about it.
Wayne Rooney: Did not see out the game but continued to look sharp and incisive in the second half; perhaps unlucky not to get his hat-trick.