Player Ratings: Manchester United 4-0 Queens Park Rangers

Sports Mole looks at the individual performances of both sets of players following Manchester United's 4-0 win over QPR at Old Trafford.

Manchester United picked up their first win of the season on Sunday with a comfortable 4-0 victory at home to Queens Park Rangers.

Angel di Maria put the hosts ahead on 24 minutes before goals from Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney gave United a commanding lead at the break.

Louis van Gaal's side then sealed the points after half time when Juan Mata found the net with an hour played.

Here, Sports Mole takes a look at the individual performances of the players involved at Old Trafford.


Angel Di Maria of Manchester United is congratulated by team-mate Juan Mata after scoring the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on September 14, 2014© Getty Images

MAN UTD

Goal

David de Gea: The Spaniard almost gifted QPR an equaliser in the first half, but he also pulled off a couple of good saves to keep the visitors at bay. (7/10)

Defence

Rafael: Returning from injury, the full-back put in a typically-committed 90 minutes for his side down the right flank. (7/10)

Jonny Evans: With United's lack of authority at the back this season well known, Evans did not do himself too many favours with an underwhelming performance. (7/10)

Tyler Blackett: The youngster is quickly building a reputation as a mature centre-back, and his display against QPR was yet again one of discipline and confidence. (8/10)

Marcos Rojo: A fairly routine debut for the Argentine, who defended doggedly throughout without venturing forward too much. (7/10)

Midfield

Juan Mata: Despite the majority of the plaudits going the way of Di Maria, Mata played an integral role for United going forward with his trickery and footballing brain. (8/10)

Daley Blind: A fine debut for the Dutchman, who gave a superb showing as the anchor in midfield. Looks to be just the tonic for the Red Devils. (8/10)

Ander Herrera: Similar to Blind, Herrera did a good job of stopping QPR from getting at the United defence. He also showed plenty of enthusiasm getting forward, resulting in his well-taken goal. (8/10)

Angel di Maria: The star of the show, Di Maria gave the QPR defence a torrid afternoon with his pace, power and tireless energy. More of this and the Argentine will be a resounding success at Old Trafford. (9/10)

Attack

Wayne Rooney: United's captain linked well with Mata and Di Maria while getting in on the act with his second goal of the season. (8/10)

Robin van Persie: A strangely subdued afternoon for the Dutchman, who struggled to make an impact at the top end of the pitch. (7/10)

Substitutes

Radamel Falcao: Could have made it a dream debut when he came off the bench on 67 minutes, but was denied by Rob Green. Showed good movement off the ball during the time that he was on the pitch. (7/10)

Antonio Valencia: Despite his future at Old Trafford being uncertain, the Ecuadorian got involved instantly when he entered the action with 20 minutes to go. (7/10)

Adnan Januzaj: The youngster nearly found the net twice in the final eight minutes as he made a positive impact during the final stages. (8/10)


Rio Ferdinand of QPR salutes the crowd at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on September 14, 2014© Getty Images

QPR

Goal

Rob Green: Despite conceding four goals, the QPR shotstopper stopped United from adding further to their tally with some fine saves. (7/10)

Defence

Clint Hill: QPR's captain failed to provide his team with the kind of organisation and leadership that they needed to hold off the hosts. (6/10)

Rio Ferdinand: On his return to Old Trafford, Ferdinand struggled to cope with the firepower of his former club. (6/10)

Steven Caulker: Along with Ferdinand, Caulker found life difficult against the quality of Rooney, Mata, Di Maria and Van Persie. (6/10)

Mauricio Isla: The full-back had little influence on the game down the right side as Di Maria ran him ragged for much of the match. (6/10)

Midfield

Junior Hoilett: Usually a dynamic presence in wide positions, Hoilett was underwhelming for the majority of the match. (7/10)

Niko Kranjcar: Showed some fight and a willingness to get forward from central midfield when his teammates were lacking inspiration. (7/10)

Sandro: A disappointing afternoon for the Brazilian was cut short in the second half when he was forced off through injury. (6/10)

Leroy Fer: Mixed it up in midfield with the likes of Blind and Herrera, but didn't do enough to assert QPR in the centre of the park. (7/10)

Matt Phillips: QPR's best player on the day, Phillips's enthusiasm was the one shining light for the visitors. Should have done better with his chance in the first half, but Harry Redknapp will be pleased with the youngster. (8/10)

Attack

Charlie Austin: Was forced to feed off scraps up front and rarely caused the United defence any problems. (6/10)

Substitutes

Armand Traore: Gave QPR some much-needed energy in attack when he was introduced off the bench at the start of the second half. (7/10)

Eduardo Vargas: The Chilean was unable to influence his side during the final 20 minutes of the game. (7/10)

Karl Henry: As you might expect from Henry, he offered little to the QPR cause after entering the action on 75 minutes. (6/10)


Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on September 14,
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