Date: 9th January 2012 at 2:26am
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FT Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United. Rooney x2, Welbeck.

Starting XI:

Anders Lindegaard – 6

Pulled off a fantastic save from Kun Aguero in the first half to deny him from scoring. Made a few more good saves however I didn’t feel that this was one of his better games.

Phil Jones – 5

Phil Jones’ form has dropped off slightly in the past few games. This is probably due to the fact that he has played in almost every game this season for Manchester United. The derby was no exception. He made a few mistakes and was slopping in his passing. Regardless, Jones is only 19 years old and this should be seen only as a dip in recent form.

Chris Smalling – 6

Was good in the air and good in defence. Was slow to react for Kun Aguero’s goal which I felt was the only fault in a fine display by Chris Smalling.

Rio Ferdinand – 6

Apart from a few sloppy passes, I felt that Rio Ferdinand had a pretty good game. He was solid and his presence in the heart of the Manchester United defence is a welcomed sight.

Patrice Evra – 7

Was larely good all game. He used possession well and was mostly solid in defence. Played a major role in Manchester United’s 2nd goal.

Antonio Valencia – 8

He was the man of the match for me. Antonio Valencia did the simple things well. He put in the cross for Manchester United’s opener and was denied a clear penalty. He more or less tore Kolorov apart all afternoon.

Michael Carrick – 7

Controlled the possession but as was the case with the whole team, Michael Carrick had a better first half than a second half.

Ryan Giggs – 6

Ryan Giggs played well. Moved the ball around the pitch well and was efficient in his passing in the final 3rd.

Nani – 6

He has played brilliantly all season but did not really illuminate this fixture. Did play a key pass to find Patrice Evra who was in space to set up Danny Welbeck for Manchester United’s 2nd goal.

Wayne Rooney – 7

He got Man Utd’s opener and scored off the rebound of his saved penalty. Had a very good game, the kind of performance we hope and expect from Wayne Rooney.

Danny Welbeck – 8

In the first half he was great. Welbeck was on song. He grabbed himself a very difficult goal and won a penalty for Manchester United. In the second half he dropped off slightly, as did the whole team. All in all a wonderful game for the young Mancunian.


Paul Scholes – 6

Paul Scholes made his return from retirement replacing Nani. He was brilliant in his passing, making on average 2 every minute. Unfortunately one pass he misplaced cost Manchester United a goal. Nevertheless, a very encouraging performance from the ginger prince.

Anderson – 5

Anderson replaced Welbeck late in the game. He didn’t have much time to effect the game so consequently he was largely unnoticed.

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8 responses to “Manchester United v Manchester City (A) – Player Ratings”

  1. stevo says:

    Ferdinand played well,your taking the mick.Jones was shocking,smalling not much better,Scholes was terrible[taking Nani off was mindblowing]he just slowed down the team with three yard passes backwards.It goes to show every one we dont have any youths comming through[Fergie said we have the best crop of kids since Beckham and co,rubbish]According to Fergie there will be no signings in January as only second raters are available[Why the hell didnt you sign top players last summer or maybe your bonus would be effected]

  2. Chris says:

    I fink not all this ratings of yours are correct. Phil jones getting a “5” !!!!!, daz not fair, He worked all day!!!!!

  3. Paulo says:

    That is highly subjective especially for Evra who was porous in 1st half

  4. bob hoskins says:

    You forgot Chris Foy.
    He was a nailed on ten from a united perspective – definitely your best player.
    Speaking of ten that’s the number of men we had against your 12 and we still bossed all over you second half.
    Your fans hardly made a whimper.

    • Zayd says:

      Silly excuses about the referee, he denied United a second clear penalty and there was a strong argument for the sending off. Yes he got decisions wrong but it was definitely not one way traffic in that respect.

    • RedManc says:

      What an idiot you are, please! We out sang your lot start to finish. Battered you all over the park.

      Success breeds jealousy and EVERYBODY leaves Red.