Date: 9th January 2012 at 2:26am
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FT Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United. 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 was no exception. He made a few mistakes and was slopping in his passing. Regardless, Jones is only 19 years 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 had a pretty good game. He was solid and his presence in the heart of the Manchester 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.

Valencia – 8

He was the man of the match for me. 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 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.

Substitutes:

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 a goal. Nevertheless, a very encouraging performance from the ginger prince.

Anderson – 5

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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