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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┬áRobin 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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