Man Utd 0 Man City 3: Player ratings

Man Utd 0 Man City 3: Player ratings as Edin Dzeko's brace and Yaya Touré's strike seals an emphatic win

By Daragh Small
Man Utd
Man City

Manchester United

David De Gea Great save from Dzeko early on, but couldn’t do anything about any of the goals. Cut a frustrated figure behind a shaky defence. Not what he signed up for. 6/10

Rafael da Silva Nearly decapitated himself when sliding into an advertising boarding midway through the first half but soldiered on. Offered a spark going forward and other than one mistake, defended well. 7

Patrice Evra Found Navas too hot to handle in the first half but showed his experience in the second. 6

Michael Carrick Nearly went off early with a niggle but played on to a customary poor showing. Clearly on the decline. 5

Phil Jones Lacked the defensive qualities we all came to know and love at one stage. Was out-of-position for the opening City effort. 6

Rio Ferdinand Overrated and aging, offered nothing in the heart of the defence. The complete opposite to Vincent Kompany. 5

Marouane Fellaini Could have been sent off after a tackle on Zabaleta, taken off for Valencia after the hour. Continuing to show why he was an absolute waste of money. 5

Tom Cleverley Came off for Kagawa after the opening 45 minutes. If he makes Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad, it will be a travesty in waiting for England 5

Wayne Rooney Exasperated with the rest of his team-mates at times. Frustrations over-boiled when he lost possession, may have performed wonders at the weekend but back to the norm tonight. 6

Juan Mata Still looking for that first United goal. His form tonight – and in previous games – doesn’t suggest that the elusive strike is anywhere on the horizon. 5

Danny Welbeck One of the shining lights and ironically taken off. His work rate was commendable and showed some deft touches, however not enough to grab a goal or appease David Moyes. 7


Javier Hernández Added a little spice when coming on for Welbeck but couldn’t do much when lacking the support of his team-mates. 6

Antonio Valencia Replaced Fellaini in the 65th minute but remained silent and non-penetrative. 6

Shinji Kagawa Replaced Cleverley at the beginning of the second half and offered nothing. No doubt he gave his fake Twitter account Evil Kagawa lots of ammunition tonight. 6.

Manchester City

Joe Hart Confidently plucked the ball from the air for fun. One mistake late on could have deprived him of his fifth league clean sheet in a row, however he escaped unpunished. 7

Pablo Zabaleta In the wars, clashing with Welbeck and Fellaini in the opening 45. Passionate for the cause and a die hard for the team. 7

Gael Clichy Attacking as ever, with fewer mistakes in defence. He had to put up with an in form Rafael and performed well. 7

Fernandinho Could have scored in the 50th minute when Kompany’s flick came his way but he didn’t have time to think. 7

Vincent Kompany Once again central to the impregnable City defence. One lapse in concentration could have seen him punished in the second half but remained consistent in performance. 8

Martin Demichelis Confident display. However, never really tested as United lacked a cutting edge up front. 6

Jesús Navas Used his speed to devastating effect in the first half, making life hell for the ageing Evra. However fell away in the second period. Off for Garcia in the 68th minute. 6

Yaya Touré Now has 17 goals in the league this season and 21 in all competitions after he notched late on. Slightly muted display. When involved, he was domineering and looked at home in the City midfield. 7

Edin Dzeko Two goals at the start of either half showed how the former Wolfsburg striker hasn’t lost his touch. Seven goals in eight games for City and looks the form striker at the club with Negredo struggling and Sergio Aguero out injured. Taken off late on. 8

David Silva (Man of the match) Dictated play for City throughout the first half and continued in the second. His mercurial existence left the United backline in complete disarray. 8

Samir Nasri Two assists. The first came by means of rocketing a shot off the post within the first minute before teeing up Dzeko from a corner. Replaced by the more industrious Milner in the 73rd minute. 7


James Milner Busy as usually after being introduced lacks the flair of the man he replaced (Nasri). 6

Alvaro Negredo Replaced the sharp-shooting Dzeko late on, did nothing of note. 5

Javi García On for Navas in the 68th minute, largely anonymous but solid. 6


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