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Player Ratings: Man City 1-0 Man United – Stupid Smalling, dominant De Gea

by Richard Laverty

David De Gea 8 Was largely responsible for keeping the score down, particularly in the first half. Could do little about the goal, another stand out performance.

Antonio Valencia 5 Got dragged out of position which cost Smalling his place in the game but wasn’t disastrous on the whole given he was out of position.

Chris Smalling 3 Looked relatively settled early on but picked up an idiotic booking and didn’t last the first 45. Not the defender’s finest game.

Marcos Rojo 6 The centre-back seems to be slowly settling into life in Manchester. He made some strong tackles and crucial blocks and was unlucky to pick up a painful injury ending his involvement in the game.

Luke Shaw 7 The teenager’s best game for the club so far. He was strong in the tackle and attacked relatively well, another who seems to be settling down to life at Old Trafford.

Daley Blind 6 Had a comfortable first half and looked like an ocean of calm in front of the defence. Was more exposed after the red card but another positive performance from the midfielder.

Marouane Fellaini 6 Looked like he was going to be influential again and found plenty of space in City’s half but was forced back after the sending off. Could have scored but another positive performance from Fellaini.

Angel Di Maria 6 Struggled to make an impact but as ever looked like the man most likely to make something happen. Two corners at the death were poor on a frustrating afternoon for the Argentine.

Wayne Rooney 7 Looked sloppy early on but grew into the game and showed the energy that United have lacked without him. One fantastic run back and one forward summed Rooney’s game up but should have capitalised on his chance.


Adnan Januzaj 5 The Belgian looked to be on for a good showing, terrorised Clichy early on but was the man sacrificed after United went down to ten men. Unfortunate for the young winger.

Robin van Persie 5 Had a quiet second half through no fault of his own, United simply couldn’t get him in the game. Looked good in the first half but like others was affected by United’s red card.


Michael Carrick 6 Given it was his first appearance since May and it was at centre-back against Man City, Carrick did his job well. An experienced head at the back and it was good to have him back in the team.

Patrick McNair 5 The 19-year old was thrown in after injury to Rojo but once again didn’t look too out of place. Lost Aguero for the goal but didn’t appear overawed by his surroundings.

James Wilson N/A Had little time to make an impact, looked good on the ball and pace was a problem but never really got into the game.

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