Date: 30th December 2012 at 5:18am
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manchester+unitedDavid De Gea: The goalkeeper kept a rare clean sheet today after his defence gave him very little to do. Will hope for more days like this. 6

Chris Smalling: Another start at right back and Smalling was largely solid. Odemwingie attempted to give him a hard afternoon but he coped with the Nigerian well. 7

Patrice Evra: Should automatically get a 3 for not scoring after 2 in 2!
Another high energy showing from Patrice, getting forward in support of partner in crime Young. Found RVP late on, with the Dutchman forcing a save from ex United stopper Foster. 7

Nemanja Vidic: Return of the king! When Vidic came back into the first team at the start of the season he didn’t quite look himself, but today we saw the old Vida. Dominant in the air, in command of the back line and a threat from set pieces, it is no coincidence that United kept a clean sheet. 8

Jonny Evans: Formed a solid partnership with Vidic as the two kept any West Brom attacks at bay. Had looked shaky at points against both Swansea and Newcastle, but today Evans was magnificent, apparently bolstered by his defensive partner’s confident display. 8

Carrick: Defensively and offensively Carrick shone today. Stepped in to intercept at key moments as well as setting up attacks, Carrick could have got on the scoresheet before halftime but saw his effort blocked. Forming an impressive partnership with Cleverley. 8

Cleverley: Energetic as well as classy with the ball, Cleverley and Carrick compliment each other so well. The young midfielder used the ball well and linked up with friend Danny Welbeck impressively. Subbed off in the second half as he began to fade. 7

Antonio Valencia: Remains an anomaly, unable to capture the form that saw him awarded the #7 shirt. Looked better than his recent outings and covered well in defensive areas but still needs to improve the quality of his final ball. 6

Ashley Young: Is trying to claim the opening goal but won’t get it in a million years, should have had a few beyond it anyway. Saw Foster save well in the first before an awful airshot in the second half left him chasing the ball. Continues to improve. 7

Shinji Kagawa: Out for over 2 months, it appears Shinji is keen to make up for missed time! A clever over the top ball lead to the opener and he continued to pull the strings offensively for for United. 30/31 passes completed told the story of his day as the Japanese star was clever both on and off the ball. 8

Danny Welbeck: Welbeck linked up well with his team mates throughout the afternoon but it took until the games death for the young striker to really trouble Foster. Played centrally after continually being used in wide areas, Welbeck could have done with a goal today but alas no such luck. 6.5

Subs

Robin Van Persie: The definition of class, Van Persie signed off from 2012 with a magnificent goal, his 17th of the season.
Sir Alex rested the Dutchman but when he came on he looked hungry for a goal and set about taking the game to a resurgent West Brom. Saw an effort saved by Foster by nobody would have kept out his goal, a curling dipping strike as he cut in from the right. 8

Paul Scholes: Came in to settle the game for United and did just that as he took the ball and passed the ball around, keeping West Brom chasing. Answered screams of ‘shoot’ from the Old Trafford crowd with an effort that was crowded out by West Brom, but his effort eventually lead to RVP’s game settler.