Manchester City vs. Manchester United: Rating the United Players
David de Gea: 6.5 — Despite being caught on his line for the goal, de Gea continued his impressive run of late. Set pieces are still an issue; however, the young Spaniard is showing the handling and reflexes that he did at Madrid.
Patrice Evra: 4.5 — For the second most experienced defender in the back line, Evra needed to produce a commanding display and, in short, he didn't. As the game wore on, City's impressive attack were finding more and more space down their right flank.
Rio Ferdinand: 5.5 — He is simply not the superhero he was several seasons ago. Ferdinand did perform admirably against a formidable attack; however, he didn't rise to the occasion like Kompany.
Chris Smalling: 5.0 — All confidence gained from some impressive defending was taken away when Kompany rose above him to nod home the winner. While this was good experience for the future star, he was a little sloppy today, and teams like Manchester City rarely let that go unpunished.
Phil Jones: 6.5 — For me the best of the defenders, I prefer him in a more central role bombing forward. However, his desperation on defense was to be commended. City could have had more goals if not for the fact that Jones was switched on from first whistle to last.
Ryan Giggs: 6.0 — The veteran did his job in this formation, but he looked blunt in comparison to City's flamboyant midfield. Overall, he looked like he could deliver the killer ball, but unfortunately, he never did.
Ji-Sung Park: 3.0 — Completely off the pace and may as well have not been there. No lack of running, as per usual; however, today was not the game for Park to start. He's a good, hard-working player who was thrown in at the deep end.
Michael Carrick: 6.0 — Carrick was solid in the center of the midfield and kept the ball moving from defense to attack. With more attacking options, Carrick could have been the fulcrum that allowed United to get back into the match.
Nani: 6.0 — Nani's performance was similar to Giggs' in that he did not do anything especially wrong but did not shine. Nani is a beautiful player to watch, though he was not given the time and space to impress today. Give credit to City for cutting him out.
Paul Scholes: 6.5 — Scholes used his experience to make a constant nuisance of himself in the midfield. He no longer has the ability to buzz around the park like he used to, but made up for it with savvy passing and a demanding presence, and he's always good to have around the younger players.
Wayne Rooney: 6.0 — He was completely isolated up front. After the way he and Welbeck have been linking up, not playing them together from the off was a crime. There was no lack of energy from Rooney, but he was like a dog chasing his tail for much of the game. He is a true club's man and never gave up; however, he had little support.
Ashley Young: N/A — brought on too late
Antonio Valencia: N/A — brought on too late
Danny Welbeck: 6.5 — In 30 minutes, Welbeck showed why he should have started the game. Rooney and Welbeck have gelled more than any two English strikers in recent history and are both threats to score and assist. So many times during the game, Rooney was crying for some support and Welbeck was the man to give it to him. We could look back on the decision to bench Welbeck as crucial in the final outcome.
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