Manchester United vs. West Ham United: Live Ratings for the Red Devils

Charlie MelmanCorrespondent IIDecember 21, 2013

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18:  Patrice Evra of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team-mates during the Capital One Cup Quarter Final match between Stoke City and Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium on December 18, 2013 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Manchester United hosted West Ham United in a game that both sides needed to take points from.

Here's a look at how each Man United player fared at half-time and full-time, with a short comment for each at both intervals.

Manchester United Player Ratings
PlayerHalftime Rating
David De Gea7
Rafael7
Jonny Evans6.5
Chris Smalling6.5
Patrice Evra7
Phil Jones6
Tom Cleverley7
Antonio Valencia7.5
Adnan Januzaj8
Wayne Rooney7.5
Danny Welbeck7.5
B/R UK

De Gea: Had almost nothing to do, as West Ham hardly ever threatened his goal.

Rafael: Used the energy he would have spend defending to surge down the right flank and unfailingly support all manner of attacks.

Smalling: Had very little to do beside maintaining possession and feeding the midfielders.

Evans: Took multiple clatterings but still stood firm on the rare occasion when he was needed.

Evra: Like Rafael, Evra used his extra stamina to support the attack, and it is no coincidence that both of United's goals came down the left side.

Jones: Played the role of the metronome very well, though unremarkably.

Cleverley: Was very active in and around the box and was very unlucky to not open the scoring in the opening minutes with a drive that was heroically saved.

Valencia: A non-stop engine on the right wing who was continually a thorn in West Ham's side. His finishing was a bit wasteful, though.

Januzaj: Flashed his quality by easily making a West Ham defender lose his balance before stroking the ball into the bottom right corner with his weak foot. He was, however, booked for a pathetic dive.

Rooney: Assumed the mantle of the attacking focal point very well, as he always does. He was a constant threat and orchestrated Danny Welbeck's goal.

Welbeck: His finish was precise and rounded out a very involved half. He's not Robin van Persie, but he did well in relief.

Manchester United Player Ratings
PlayerFull-time rating
De Gea7
Rafael7
Evans7.5
Smalling6.5
Evra6.5
Jones7.5
Cleverley7
Valencia6.5
Januzaj7
Rooney6.5
Welbeck6.5
Hernandez6
Young7
Buttner6
B/R UK

De Gea: Had a bit more work to do in the second half than in the first, but handled his responsibilities well. He can't be faulted too much for Carlton Cole's goal, but he will be disappointed that the striker managed to slot the ball through his legs.

Rafael: Supported United's attack very well and did not neglect his defensive duties on the off occasion when he was required to perform them.

Evans: Did very well to come back from a couple painful-looking knocks to marshal United's defense and keep West Ham's few forays in check. Almost had himself a goal from a corner kick, too.

Smalling: Saw less action than his partner Evans, but made no major mistakes and was solid in defense.

Evra: Put in a spirited performance to close down the left flank and support Adnan Januzaj. David Moyes gave him a breather at the end of the game.

Jones: His defensive integrity at the back of United's midfield (he is a center back by trade, remember) allowed the Red Devils to push forward and not worry about exposing themselves at the back.

Cleverley: Was very active near West Ham's box and was always looking to make runs or passes, although not all of them came off.

Valencia: He was all energy on the right hand side, but there was no end product to support all the excellent running. Valencia blasted several shots into the stands.

Januzaj: Tapered off a bit in the second half after an impressive first period. He sometimes neglected his defensive responsibilities, leaving Evra isolated.

Rooney: He saw much less of the ball than one would expect in the second half after orchestrating United's attack in the first. Rooney became active at times, but was not critical to United's success.

Welbeck: His goal in the first half was very well taken, but he left the field early in the second half due to an apparent injury.

Hernandez: Had one or two decent chances but was somewhat isolated, as Manchester United's focus turned to holding what they had and not trying desperately to nip a goal.

Young: Scored an absolute peach of a goal for the second game in a row and consistently looked like a threat after he replaced Januzaj.

Buttner: He played Carlton Cole onside before the West Ham man scored and is therefore at fault for the goal. But he attempted to make up for his mistake by surging forward multiple times in the last 10 minutes.