Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 25, 2014

Edin Dzeko scored once in each half and Yaya Toure added a late insurance marker as Manchester City romped to a 3-0 win away to Manchester United on Tuesday.

It took only 44 seconds for Dzeko to open the scoring—the Bosnia-Herzegovina international tapping the ball into a wide-open net after Samir Nasri had hit the post.

Dzeko then tallied for the 20th time this term when his volley from a corner-kick beat United goalkeeper David De Gea to the near corner.

City were already home and dry by the time Toure rounded out the scoring. After accepting David Silva’s pass, the Ivory Coast international rounded Patrice Evra before finishing inside the far post.

Following are player ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

Manchester United Player Ratings
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Half-Time analysis for Manchester United

De Gea: Made a spectacular save on Dzeko to keep his side in it.

Rafael: Managing to neutralise the threat of Clichy, but he needs to get forward more often.

Ferdinand: Lost at sea in the opening seconds as City came straight at him.

Jones: At times appears unsure when to join the buildup play in midfield and when to drop back.

Evra: Much of the City attack is focused on his flank.

Carrick: Looked to pick up an early knock but recovered and touched the ball more than any other United player during the first half.

Cleverley: Has moved over to the right to accommodate Mata’s switch to the centre.

Fellaini: Is lucky to still be involved after elbowing Zabaleta in the face.

Mata: Lashed a shot over the bar near the end of the opening frame; needs to be more incisive when on the ball.

Welbeck: Showing all sorts of pace when United counter.

Rooney: Combining well at times with Mata, and if United are to get a breakthrough you’ve got to think it’ll be Rooney that creates it.

Full-Time analysis for Manchester United

De Gea: Couldn’t have prevented any of the three goals that beat him.

Rafael: One of United’s few bright spots, he created a handful of chances with crosses from wide on the right.

Ferdinand: The veteran completely lost Dzeko on the corner-kick sequence that ended with City leading by a pair.

Jones: Made an absolutely vital tackle on Dzeko to perhaps prevent a goal and completed an impressive 95% of his passes.

Evra: Too easily side-stepped by Toure for City’s third.

Carrick: He touched the ball 91 times, but his distribution rate of 87% should have been considerably higher.

Cleverley: Didn’t come out after the restart, with the club citing injury.

Fellaini: Overall, he was woeful—one of the worst players on the night from either side.

Mata: Had more touches than ever before in a United shirt, but managed to create next to nothing.

Welbeck: Another rare bright spot for the hosts—his athleticism caused City more than a few problems.

Rooney: He played up top, on either flank and as a defensive midfielder in an all-around effort.

Kagawa: He was introduced at the restart but never really settled into the attack.

Valencia: Only 15 touches for the winger after his introduction.

Hernandez: Replaced Welbeck with 13 minutes remaining.

Manchester City Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Manchester City

Hart: Has so far made a pair of saves while looking confident on set-pieces.

Zabaleta: Came out worse following collisions with both Welbeck and Fellaini.

Kompany: On a booking after an early foul on Welbeck.

Demichelis: Has completed 94% of his passes out of the defense.

Clichy: Not quite the influence Zabaleta is on the opposite flank.

Toure: City’s engine room has yet to hit top gear.

Fernandinho: Has so far completed 95% of his passes.

Navas: Combining well with Nasri and Silva.

Nasri: Hit the post ahead of Dzeko’s opener.

Silva: Has already touched the ball 58 times and is the game’s most dangerous attacker.

Dzeko: Took his goal well but might have had a brace.

Full-Time analysis for Manchester City

Hart: Made four important saves and was dominant in the air.

Zabaleta: Kept Evra pinned back and made a meaningful contribution on the attacking side of the football.

Kompany: On a booking after an early foul on Welbeck.

Demichelis: Managed to play 87 minutes on a booking.

Clichy: He touched the ball an eye-popping 95 times but allowed Rafael to get in behind him far too easily.

Toure: He completed 92% of his passes and finished expertly past De Gea to round out the scoring.

Fernandinho: Not quite as effective in the second half as United took over possession.

Navas: One of his quieter nights, although he still kept Evra occupied.

Nasri: Picked up an assist on Dzeko’s second.

Silva: A rare, 90-minute showing from the Spaniard, who set up the Toure goal.

Dzeko: His touch on Nasri’s corner was remarkable.

Garcia: Won all of his aerial battles after coming on as a substitute.

Negredo: Only seven touches in a brief cameo.

Milner: Played a neat and tidy 16 minutes.


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