Date: 10th December 2012 at 12:04am
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De Gea – Pulled off an impressive double save before City’s first and and even better save from Silva which smashed off his chest and onto the crossbar. Stood up tall in front of goal and took one for the team. 8

Rafael – One of the very few ‘foreign’ players that really understand what it means to play for United. Hard working, committed and never one to shy from a challenge, he set the example for his teammates. 8

Rio – Held the defence like a leader should and read the game well. Intercepted important passes/crosses and won header after header. 8

Evans – Just compare his performance today with our 6-1 defeat at the same time last season. Such an vital player for us now. 7

Evra – Had a good match overall but his poor positioning allowed City to expose the free space in defence which they subsequently scored from. 6

Valencia – Better than his recent performances for us, he actually passed the ball well without delaying our attacks. Tracked back and connected well with Rafael. Faded away late on. 6

– Roy Keane would have been proud of Michael today. He ran the midfield show and made it near impossible for the opposition to pass the ball freely. He was everywhere. 9

Cleverley – Full of energy and enthusiasm, Tom was eager to get hold of the ball and get the team playing from the start. 7

Young – Arguably his best performance in a United shirt yet. Always tracking back with his runner, and carrying out his attacking duties too, he was our best player in the first half. 8

Rooney – Finished well for his two goals. More importantly though was his contribution to the midfield. Covered the spaces in midfield and stopped the City midfield from overrunning our ‘inferior’ central midfield. 8

Van Persie – You know what I define as ‘world class’? Someone who can still influence a football match on their ‘off-day’. Robin only had two contributions to the game today, one of which saw Young score an incorrectly disallowed goal, whilst the other was our winner. RvP is world class. 8

Subs:
Smalling – Came in for Evans and showed a tonne of maturity when reading the game. 8

Jones – Replaced the tiring Cleverley. 6

Welbeck – Distributed the City defence with his pace and directly contributed the our winner. 7