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10/12/2011 16:52, Report by Adam Marshall
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United player ratings

Check out our individual assessments of the players' performances in the 4-1 win against Wolves...

David De Gea:

Had no chance with Steven Fletcher's header and was rarely troubled. Made a couple of clean catches and punches when the ball was launched into the box and made his most difficult save late on from Matt Jarvis. The BBC suggested before kick-off he was under-fire but not from anybody at Old Trafford - he was ManUtd.com's Player of the Month for November.

Chris Smalling: Got forward to good effect but had his hands full with the slippery Jarvis as the game wore on. Made a couple of telling tackles on the winger and caught the eye coming forward, linking well with Antonio Valencia on the right.

Rio Ferdinand: A dominant defensive display, making a couple of brilliant headers under pressure inside his own area. One classy piece of mopping up when Fletcher threatened saw him not only snuff out the danger but release Wayne Rooney on the break. Took over the captain's armband and received a huge cheer when keeping one ball in on the touchline and his only worrying moment came when he headed against Smalling. Picked up a rare booking late on.

Jonny Evans: Nearly broke his United goalscoring duck on a couple of occasions and filled in well for injured captain Nemanja Vidic. One nice stretch and pass to Nani was top quality and he made one important clearance in the second half. Was unable to prevent Fletcher's header creeping under the bar when back on the goalline defending.

Patrice Evra: The skipper tried to launch attacks from his own half and showed neat skill after a short free-kick didn't come off. Was outjumped by the much taller Fletcher for Wolves' goal but was defensively sound before being withdrawn and replaced by Ezekiel Fryers.

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