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Match Ratings: Manchester United players in Netherlands vs USA

How did Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Daley Blind fare against USA in the 4-3 defeat for the Netherlands, and how did potential goalkeeping replacement Jasper Cillessen perform?

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Robin van Persie

Van Persie played behind Jan-Klass Huntelaar, and played slightly better as he had for Manchester United this season. His movement in finding space was better, with Memphis Depay finding him with a few clever passes into the box. While he was never a brilliantly fast player, he continued to struggle to find quick feet, noticeably delaying shots when in the past he'd have found the quick reaction or clever touch to engineer space for an attempt on goal. He was withdrawn just before the hour mark as Guus Hiddink conserved him for the more meaningful game against Latvia to come. 6/10

Daley Blind

At left-back in a four-man defence, he was regularly beaten by America's right-back and right-winger, and in attack he didn't link up with Depay as well as he has with Marouane Fellaini or Ashley Young for United. Depay, though, offered him little assistance in defence, and Netherland's central midfield of Jordy Clasie and Georginio Wijnaldum offered little defensive protection for the home side. There was nothing especially impressive about him, as there hasn't been for much of the season. 5/10

Memphis Depay

The Netherlands' best player. He set up Huntelaar for the opening goal, and went close to scoring himself. He's clearly at home on the right wing, can find space for a cross. He's essentially like a talented Ashley Young, but with the potential and belief to get better, and be more direct in attacking. On this showing, at least, United can be confident that in a couple of seasons they should - if it all goes to plan - have one of the most effective and exciting wide players in Europe. 8/10

Jasper Cillessen

Not a United play, yet at least. Cillessen plays for Ajax, was Louis van Gaal's favoured 'keeper in the World Cup, and has been linked with a £25 million move to United to replace David de Gea, who is almost certain to join Real Madrid. Despite conceding four goals, he could not be blamed for any of them, and when he faced strikers in one-on-one situations he consistently came off better, pulling off a number of stops. He doesn't seem particularly imposing in the box, but he managed to stand up to USA in those situations. He'd be an expensive deputy to Victor Valdes, but a more than adequate one, and young enough to improve. 7/10