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Manchester United: 2012/13 player ratings

Manchester United won the Premier League title last month (©GettyImages)
Manchester United won the Premier League title last month (©GettyImages).

 

Manchester United have been extremely consistent in the Premier League, winning it with ease.

Their performances haven't been as free-flowing like previous sides under Sir Alex Ferguson, but they do know how to get the job done. An unfair exit from Europe denied the Red Devils to compete for a double.

Many United players have contributed to this excellent season, while others have been more lacklustre.

Goalkeepers

David De Gea | Rating: 8/10

The Spaniard received a lot of stick in his first season in England, but this season he has certainly proved his doubters wrong and become one of the finest young goalkeepers in the world. His excellent saves and reliable performances have got him a spot in the PFA Team of the Year. 

Anders Lindegaard | Rating: 5/10

The Dane started off the season rotating with De Gea but fell down the pecking order after a miserable performance against Reading. Lindegaard hasn't been able to make his mark on this United team and is no more than a squad player.

Defenders

Rafael | Rating: 8/10

The young Brazilian inherited the number two from club legend Gary Neville and certainly hasn't disappointed as his mature performances have helped United clinch the title. He has also improved going forward, putting in dangerous crosses and scoring a handful of goals. He will only get better next season. 

Phil Jones | Rating: 7/10

The youngster has been wonderful in the second half of the season and his reading of the game is praised by manager and players alike. Jones did an incredible job marking Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane and he also marked Marouane Fellaini to perfection at Old Trafford. One of the most versatile players in the squad, Jones could become a United legend in the future.

Rio Ferdinand | Rating: 7.5/10

Even though the West Ham graduate is ageing, his reading of the game has remained the same helping him avoid sticky situations in the box. Rio has been integral in United's improved defence since the turn of the year and his inclusion in the PFA Team of The Year is somewhat deserved.

Chris Smalling | Rating: 4.5/10

Smalling hasn't enjoyed this season with United as he has barely started any games for the Red Devils. He has fallen down the pecking order to Jones and Evans making him the fifth-choice centre-back in the team. He needs to step up his game next season in order to break through into the first team again.

Jonny Evans | Rating: 6/10

Evans has continued his growth as a defender and a player at Manchester United. He hasn't started as many games as he would have liked, but has put in some good performances this season. He has scored some goals for United this season but also against them as seen against Newcastle on Boxing Day. 

Nemanja Vidic | Rating: 6.5/10

The Serb had an injury struck season last year but has come back stronger this season. His recent performances at the back have made him regain his place among the elite. His reading of the game is as good as ever and if he remains injury free he can help United capture many more league titles in the future.

Patrice Evra | Rating: 6.5/10

The Frenchman's defending has slightly improved this season and he's also having his best goalscoring campaign ever. Evra can link up very well with his wingers although his positioning can be poor in defensive situations. The arrival of Buttner has made him step up his game - and next season could be decisive for Evra.

Alex Buttner | Rating: 4/10

With only three starts this season, we haven't seen much of Buttner in the Premier League. His home debut against Wigan was spectacular, though, as he scored and put in a solid defensive performance. Next season, Buttner should be more involved in the run-in. 

Midfielders

Antonio Valencia | Rating: 4/10

Last year's winner of the Sir Matt Busby award, Valencia has failed to live up to expectations this season. Given the iconic number seven by United, it was expected that Valencia would be at his best this season but he has been uncharacteristically poor. He could be watching more games from the bench next season after the arrival of Wilfried Zaha.

Nani | Rating: 3.5/10

Often compared to Ronaldo for his trickery and skill, a year back everyone thought he could emulate his idol but he has crashed this season as he has made very few appearances this season. His only meaningful contribution was against Real Madrid until he got red-carded as United eventually lost the game. He's one of the favourites to leave United next summer.

Ashley Young | Rating: 3.5/10

Another poor winger, Young has failed to score this season and injuries have derailed his development at United. Young has shown signs of brilliance this season but nothing more than that.

Anderson | Rating: 3/10

The Brazilian also has had his fair share of fitness problems and is expected to leave Old Trafford this summer. Touted to be the next Ronaldinho, Anderson has under-performed greatly at the club. He has rarely performed well this season.

Tom Cleverley | Rating: 5.5/10

The youngster was decent in the middle of the season but has since fallen down in the pecking order, not starting many games for the Red Devils. He has scored some spectacular goals this season and could get better next season.

Paul Scholes | Rating: 4/10

Scholes has been injured for majority of the season but provided some match-winning performances early in the season. It'll be a shame to see him retire next season.

Darren Fletcher | Rating: 3/10

Another player whose season was derailed with injuries, Fletcher has scored once this season but has only three starts to his name. 

Michael Carrick | Rating: 8.5/10

The orchestrator in the midfield, Michael Carrick has certainly performed at the peak of his powers this season. Completing the most number of forward passes in Europe, Carrick is now more attack minded and his nomination for player of the year is deserved.

Shinji Kagawa | Rating: 6/10

The Japanese endured a stop-start debut in the Premier League. He has scored some league goals and provided good performances and could become the new playmaker at United. More was expected from him this term but he will only get better next season.

Forwards

Danny Welbeck | Rating: 6/10

The England national has not scored many goals this season but his energy levels and link up play have helped him be nominated for young player of the year. Bustling with energy, Welbeck is potent at the counter attack and can cause defenders trouble with his physicality. 

Javier Hernandez | Rating: 6/10

Chicharito has not been used many times this season but has scored some vital goals for United en route to the title. His double against Aston Villa and stoppage time winner against Newcastle have been his best contributions to this title winning side. 

Wayne Rooney | Rating: 6.5/10

Wayne hasn't had a great season as compared to his high standards but he has been deployed in many roles by Ferguson and has regularly assisted or scored for the club. In January, Wayne single-handedly won United games against Fulham and Southampton and he will surely be in more prolific form next season.

Robin van Persie | Rating: 9/10

The man who determined the title race, Van Persie has been integral in Man United snatching the league title back from City. His performances early in the season saved United some blushes and he is having a strong end to the season too. His hat-trick against Aston Villa helped United clinch the title and he more than deserved to win the PFA Player of The Year award.

 

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