Well, there are definitely culprits who arguably cost us three points yesterday – but there were also some pretty excellent performances. The result might be massively irritating but I have to give credit where its due and the vast majority of our players had an excellent game yesterday.
Vito Mannone - 7
Confident and composed. Looks to be a considerably better keeper than his reputation led us to believe.
Celustka - 5
Part of a clean sheet but for me he was the only member of the back four who was consistently exposed. Beaten too many times and unlike his opposite he offered nothing going forward except some poor crosses.
John O'Shea - 8
Continues his fine resurgence since Brown's comeback.
Wes Brown - 8
As usual, classy and didn't put a foot wrong.
Phil Bardsley - 8
Pick of the defenders today, 100% pass completion is always nice, competent in defence and part of our fluency going forward. Hit the post.
Lee Cattermole - 9
Back in the starting line-up and influenced to no end. No fouls, won 4 free-kicks, 3 interceptions, recovered possession 8 times and was constantly available. His passing was superb as well.
Ki Sung-Yeung - 9 (MAN OF THE MATCH)
Absolutely relished his more attacking role with Cattermole taking a deeper position. With his defensive shackles released he created three chances, took five shots and as always passed excellently. Constantly available and was much more purposeful and influential with the ball than he has been. It's two of a midfield three which has to keep going.
Seb Larsson - 6
The weak link in midfield. I'm not sure if he really knows what his role is in there, seems lost. Quite wasteful but as always hard working and was part of some good moves. It's this third midfield spot that needs urgent January attention.
Emanuele Giaccherini -8
He was the best of the attacking players by some distance, a constant menace and linking the midfield and attack very well. Created five chances and could have scored. Would be interesting to see him deployed centrally where he clearly impacts most - his crossing is awful.
Fabio Borini - 5
Wasn't involved enough and when he was he seemed devoid of any confidence in himself. Missed the best chance of the game and could have used that opportunity to set up Altidore for a certain goal.
Jozy Altidore - 5
Got to be critical I'm afraid. Missed a great chance, but that's not why he was poor. Seemed shrouded in his own frustration and couldn't get over that miss. Didn't create, should have scored and wasn't strong enough in possession.
Adam Johnson - 5
Hindered the attack rather than improving it when he came on.
Steven Fletcher - 6
An improvement on Altidore but we faded toward the end of the game as chances dried up.
Andrea Dossena - N/A
Not really on long enough.