Player ratings: Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City

by Sam Peoples

David De Gea: 6 The Spaniard had little to do during the match. Some people say he could have done better to get a strong hand to Aguero’s goal but that’s harsh in my opinion.

Rafael: 7 Decent performance by the young Brazilian considering he was coming back from an Injury. Looked confident going forward, unlucky not to have scored in the first half, only to be denied by the post.

Phil Jones: 8 Played in the centre of defence as Vidic and Evans were both sidelined with injuries. Jones was up for it, showing his usual determination and grit. Made a number of last ditch tackles to restrict the visiting team to just two goals. Also got himself into a good area to create what he thought was his goal.

Rio Ferdinand: 6 Caught out a few times by the the small and agile Aguero in the latter stages of the game. Struggled to cope with the pace of the game on occasions, unusual for him this season with the form he has had.

Patrice Evra: 6 Almost as if he’d gone back to his old ways of frustrating the United fans, often showed lack of pace and willingness to close down opposition runners such as the likes of David Silva.

Ryan Giggs: 5 Giggs was awful. His passing and ball control was nothing like the sorts we’ve seen this year from our veteran and it was his needless backheel directly led to the opening goal.

Michael Carrick: 6 The game was lost in midfield. Carrick, not fully asserting his dominance in the middle of the park, did not look his usual self. City were given complete control of the match tempo.

Ashley Young: 5 Until Young strengthens his left foot or improves his ability to take his man on, he will never be up to scratch for United. Teams have worked his style of play out. During the game he cut back onto his right side and delivered countless poor crosses that were comfortably dealt with by the opposition.

Danny Welbeck: 6 Danny is always eager to play a part in attacks but when the time came, he lacked an end product.

Wayne Rooney: 7 Despite getting substituted off, Rooney looked like one of the better United players. Picked up a booking in the first half and had an ongoing battle with Yaya Toure throughout the game so maybe it was wise for him to sit it out rather than run the risk of going down to ten men.

Robin Van Persie: 6 Robin looked out of sorts in the first half and failed to create enough space to strike a shot at Joe Hart’s goal. However his delivery of the free-kick which led to the goal was superb. Hopefully a sign of better things for the Dutch striker.


Hernandez, Valencia and Kagawa: N/A It took Sir Alex around 80 minutes before he made his first change. By that time, City had already scored the decisive goal. I never like to criticise the boss but I feel, certainly this season, that he often leaves substitutions until its too late. The Real Madrid match had a similar instance, failure to act fast costing our place in the competition.

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Christopher Leathley 04/10/2013 - 05:12

I would have given Giggs about a 3 or 4 in all honesty he was awful. So many player ratings have given Giggs and Young the same rating which i think is bullshit, as Young was alot better and i think he had an ok game personally but would only give a 6 as well as Rafael. Rooney needs to be performing better, if we have a chance of creating more goals, cause we are hardly doing that at all atm which is worrying. We need another winger and possibly two more centre midfielders.

Dee 04/09/2013 - 23:33

The problem with this team is Welbeck. He is unproductive and useless upfront. RVP is losing it cos of this sole reason! Fergie needs to quit starting the both of them, we need Chicharito to play more together with RVP. RVP’s work rate is similar to the stupid Welbeck’s. Another thing, Evra lacks the discipline, very lazy player.

sammy 04/09/2013 - 11:58

Can u pls tell fergie to stop usin giggs in tough matches.any tough match he plays we loose, it happened against spurs n chelsea n nearly lost liverpool b’cox he cant run.goosh juz tell giggs to retire n give de young 1s de chance to play

steve 04/09/2013 - 11:02

Real,Chelsea and now City and Ferguson says this squad is as good as the treble winning squad.It is so clear why Utd are hopeless in Europe and do so well in a shocking league.Ferguson has refused to buy quality players in positions Utd a very badly lacking,Midfield,Center back and both full back positions.Everybody that has watched Utd since Keane left know we need Midfielders except Ferguson.We have too many English substandard players and players who cannot lead the team on the pitch.The standard/quality of play over the last few years has been terrible we do not have a Kidd,McClaran or Queros and this is very evident in Europe.

trevor from northwich 04/09/2013 - 09:42

I thought you were far to generous for Giggs. I would give him 2 for lasting 90 minutes. I am a pensioner and I could run faster than Giggs. This man never tackles , never sprints and the way he plays for United he could carry on playing until he is 60
I also thought Welbeck and VanPersie deserve more


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