Player rankings: Fulham v Manchester United

Here’s how I scored the lads during yesterday’s demolition…

Schwarzer – 5/10
Probably a bit unfair as he wasn’t afforded much protection, but yesterday was an occasion when we badly needed some of his Emirates-esque brilliance.

Konchesky – 4/10
Very weak. Just what was he thinking in the lead-up to United’s opener? Keeping your back turned against an unmarked Tevez is footballing suicide.

Hughes – 5/10
An okay performance, nothing more. There are limits to what your centre backs can achieve when the midfield doesn’t do anything to stop attackers marauding forward.

Hangeland – 6/10
A few stray passes indicated the pressure exerted by United was testing our Norwegian giant to his limits. Not a day he will look back on with relish.

Pantsil – 7/10
Put in a very good shift. Looked – as Rich over at CravenCottageNewsround pointed out – like he truly cared. Was too exhausted to do his customary lap of honour – either that or didn’t feel it was appropriate.

Davies – 6/10
Plenty of effort but a number of passes went astray and lashed one of our only half chances way over the bar in the first half.

Dempsey – 7/10
A fully committed, energetic, strong performance from our Clint. The wrestling match with Rooney in the second half a prime example of his work rate.

Etuhu – 4/10
After looking so commanding against Arsenal last weekend, he simply looked overawed yesterday. Standing off players – particularly Tevez for his second – and just not strong enough in the tackle. A poor performance.

Murphy – 5/10
The effort was there but he allowed the midfield to be completely over-run.

Johnson – 5/10
Didn’t get much of a sniff to be honest. His alert toe poke caught out Van der Sar in the opening exchanges but Vidic managed to hook it off the line.

Zamora – 5/10
Didn’t make – or wasn’t allowed to make – much of a contribution. Spent the vast majority of his time complaining to the ref that he had been fouled, or that he was the innocent victim in every challenge.

Substitutes
Dacourt – 3/10
Oh dear. Let’s hope he’s just not match fit.

Kamara – 5/10
Ran around a lot, pointed a lot, but little else of note.

Gera – 3/10
Gifted United their fourth. Sadly, this was his only contribution.

Man of the match: Clint Dempsey. For sheet effort and determination.

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2 Responses

  1. I think that’s harsh on Schwarzer, not sure there’s much he could have done about any of those goals and he made some decent saves as well.

    Agree Pantsil and Dempsey were the top performers, but I thought Hangeland had an off day too.

  2. Yeah, you’re probably right Chopper

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