Player Ratings: Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United

by Tom Parker

David de Gea 6 – The young Spaniard was helpless for three of City’s four goals but perhaps should have done better with Aguero’s second goal. He made a few decent saves to keep the score remotely respectable and his punching was good.

Chris Smalling 5 – Offered nothing to the attack. Should have done better in the build-up to City’s opener and looked rather awkward during his limited forays forward.

Rio Ferdinand 5 – The 35-year-old was caught day dreaming for Toure’s tap in and struggled to deal with a combination of Negredo’s physicality and Aguero’s mobility. Was occasionally dragged out of position too and relied heavily on Vidic at times.

Nemanja Vidic 7 – One of only a couple of players to emerge from the derby with any credit. A fantastic last ditch block in the 52nd minute kept faint hopes alive. Although he was turned a little easily in the build-up to City’s third, he was solid in the air and in the tackle.

Patrice Evra 6 – United’s most potent attacking threat in the first-half (which is saying something). He provided a decent outlet and nearly set-up Danny Welbeck with a good cross. Should have bust a gut to recover for City’s fourth after losing the ball in an attack though.

Marouane Fellaini 5 – More was expected after two solid previous outings for United. He forced one good save from Joe Hart but should have contributed more to prevent a couple of the goals. Rather average in possession too and resembled a headless chicken at times in the biggest club game of his career to date.

Michael Carrick 6 – Struggled to control the ebb and flow of the game in his usual manner. Pressed well and recovered possession intelligently but was overran in midfield and often found himself in five-on-two situations.

Antonio Valencia 5 – Failed to track Kolarov for the opening goal and was far too ponderous in possession. Never looked a real threat and should have given his full-back a much tougher afternoon. Frustrating performance.

Wayne Rooney 7 – Despite coming under intense scrutiny from Kompany, Rooney was United’s best performer yet again. He dropped off and found space cleverly and pinged the ball around majestically. Should have done better with one chance but his perfectly executed free-kick at least gave the game as a small shine.

Ashley Young 5 – An average display but not as bad as some would like to suggest. Mucked in defensively and covered Evra well but rarely threatened when in City’s attacking third. Needs to improve.

Danny Welbeck 5 – Endeavoured tirelessly but was a passenger for some of the game. Struggled to put his stamp on it and blazed over from 20 yards in what was his only real chance. His intricate one-touch play rarely came off in a quiet display from the Mancunian forward.

Substitutes

Tom Cleverley 7 – His introduction changed the game in a positive sense as it allowed United to get a valuable foothold in the game. He was neat and tidy in the final third and moved the ball around impressively too.

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