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Manchester United 2-1 Everton player ratings

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Manchester United secured their second consecutive Premier League victory after a hard-fought victory over Roberto Martinez's Everton side. 

It was man of the moment Angel di Maria who gave the Red Devils the lead in the first half after some good work from Rafael da Silva and Juan Mata. 

The Toffees were handed the opportunity to go in level at half-time, however, but David de Gea saved brilliantly from a Leighton Baines penalty. Everton did equalise after the break, though, as Baines delivered a fine cross for Steven Naismith who headed home. 

It was Radamel Falcao, though, who proved the match winner as he smashed home a shot turn cross from Di Maria to score his first for the club. But the day belonged to De Gea who made two more incredible saves in stoppage time to help secure all three points for Louis van Gaal's side. 

Player ratings

David de Gea: 9.5

Produced a fine stop from a Leighton Baines penalty to keep United 1-0 up at half-time. Made two great saves in stoppage time to deny an Everton equaliser. Wonderful display and had no chance with the goal. 

Rafael: 6

The flamboyant Brazilian enjoyed himself down the right hand side as he looked comfortable in defence and attack. Played his part in United's opening goal as his cross found Juan Mata who assisted Angel di Maria.  

Paddy McNair: 7

Another solid game for the youngster who deal with former Chelsea power-house Romelu Lukaku superbly. United fans will certainly be impressed with the 19-year-old, so it won't be easy for the likes of Phil Jones and Co. to replace him in the back-line. 

Marcos Rojo: 6.5 

Marcos Rojo looked at home in the centre of defence and enjoyed a steady afternoon at Old Trafford. The versatile Argentine looked comfortable on the ball and is already proving a great option for the United boss. 

Luke Shaw: 5

Luke Shaw endured a tricky afternoon against the Toffees. Was clumsy when giving away a first-half penalty and could have done more to stop Everton's goal. Replaced by Tyler Blackett after picking up an injury 

Antonio Valencia: 7

Antonio Valencia produced a solid display in midfield and often started attacks with his pace down the right hand side. Combined well with Rafael at times and could still prove a key player this season. Replaced by Fellaini.

Angel di Maria: 9

Angel di Maria enjoyed a quite brilliant opening hour to this game. Scoring the first and creating the second, the Argentine superstar was at his best for the Red Devils. 

Juan Mata: 6.5

Juan Mata played some nice stuff at times, but was left frustrated on occasions as he failed to stamp his authority on the game. The Spaniard did, however, set up the opening goal of the day. 

Robin van Persie: 6.5

Van Persie worked hard up front and looked a threat at times. He's had better days, though, and faded towards the end. 

Radamel Falcao: 7.5

Radamel Falcao scored his first goal in a Manchester United shirt and proved a constant threat all day long. The Colombian is seemingly starting to find his best form and looks set to become a major hit at Old Trafford. Replaced by Wilson. 

Subs

Tyler Blackett: 7 - Fantastic goal saving block at the end. 

James Wilson: 6 - Worked hard but struggled to get into the game. 

Marouane Fellaini 6 - Failed to get into the game. 

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