Player Ratings vs Manchester United

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Cudicini (5) – A few smart saves but could’ve done better with all three goals particularly the first when his step/sway to the right as the free-kick was struck meant that he couldn’t adjust in time as the ball disappeared past him to the left.

Corluka (6) – Sound defensively, unable to get forward to help Lennon as he normally does.

Assou-Ekotto (6) – Looked a class act a lot of the time but again didn’t do much going forward.

King (6) – Doesn’t seem as comfortable on the right as when on the left of the centre pairing. Poor clearance for second goal.

Bassong (7) – Much more assured than of late, probably because Rooney and Berbatov provide less of a physical encounter. Great block on the line in first half.

Lennon (6) – One excellent run that included a penalty shout but otherwise subdued. Didn’t give Evra his normal runaround.

Palacios (5) – Very low-key for him with mistimed tackles and passes. Most un-Wilsonlike.

Jenas (7) – Replaced Palacios at half time and immediately played with authority and composure. Will threaten Huddlestone for his place next week.

Huddlestone (5) – Struggled with the pace and aggression of Scholes and Anderson, played at too low a tempo and seemed to require an extra touch too often.

Keane (5) – Hard to be too harsh on him as he was played well out of position and had O’Shea and Fletcher double teaming him most of the time but having said that, he had no influence on the game whatsoever.

Defoe (6) – Great goal but found space rarely even when dropping deep.

Crouch (7) – Caused most of our problems to them, almost all in the air inevitably. Hit the bar with one header and put another just wide.


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