United bossed the derby with the ease of a team high on confidence, playing a side completely bereft of it, as the Reds moved a step closer to finishing above City in the table.
Here’s how the United side fared against our derby rivals:
David De Gea- forget Manuel Neuer- the young Spaniard is a real sweeper type goalkeeper and helped create United’s opener as well as preventing City getting a foothold in the game. 7/10
Antonio Valencia. The Ecuadorian had his best game in months and despite the odd positional lapse, more than made up for it with his pace and strength. 8/10.
Phil Jones. The biggest fear for many Reds was the former Blackburn defender ‘having one’ but he barely put a foot wrong. 7/10.
Chris Smalling. Assured performance from the one British defender United should definitely keep next season. 8/10.
Daley Blind. What he lacks in pace, the Dutchman makes up for with effort and his reading of the game, was caught out once early on but more than made up for it. 7/10.
Michael Carrick. Forget Toure, forget Nemanja Matic and Santi Cazorla, Carrick is the best defensive midfielder in the league by a country mile and it showed today. 9/10.
Marouane Fellaini. All is well and truly forgiven after a shoddy start to his United career, was immense against City and gave their midfield nightmares. 9/10.
Ander Herrera. We’ve missed a player like Herrera for years, he perfectly compliments Carrick and allows the likes of Mata and Fellaini to get forward. Was his usual energetic self against City. 7/10.
Juan Mata. Not as dominant as he has been in recent games but still very effective and took his goal superbly. 7/10.
Ashley Young. Fantastic performance by a player who’s always deserved more credit – or at least less stick- and has blossomed under Van Gaal. 9/10. MOTM.
Wayne Rooney. Huffed and puffed without creating much, but he at least showed energy and determination. 6/10.
Subs. Marcos Rojo for Jones. Did okay for his 15 minute cameo. 6/10.
Radamel Falcao for Fellaini. Tried to create something but was hampered when United went down to ten men. 6/10.
Angel Di Maria for Mata. Ran at the City defence a few times but couldn’t quite make something happen. 6/10.