City 2 United 1: How They Rated...

Muazzin MehrbanCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2010

Van Der Sar -6- Never tested too severely but assured on all crosses aside from Tevez's second, which was enough to bring his mark down a peg.

Rafael -6- Unlucky to concede a penalty that never was, played well afterwards considering the weight of a booking and Bellamy. Gary Neville should not be first choice.

Jonny Evans -4- if he is still recovering from injury, it shows. Always looked a liability, shaky clearances and Tevez made it a difficult night.

Wes Brown -7- Unlike the rest of his team, the only one who really provided aerial defence against set pieces. Made up for his defensive partner and played some good long balls.

Patrice Evra -7- As swashbuckling as ever, quick to forward and just as quick to get back, how his team mates could benefit from his sense of adventure. Better crossing would have seen him get an eight.

Antonio Valencia -6- Provided a good ball for the goal but should have done more with the space afforded to him. If he could take any asset from Ronaldo right now it should be his confidence.

Michael Carrick -6- Solid passing game as ever, rarely if ever gave it away. Lack of a killer ball, mindset to shoot and urgency at times. Protecting his pass completion percentage?

Darren Fletcher -6.5- Similar to his fellow centre, solid in what he does - close down, win the ball and drive out, more urgency than Carrick gains him a rare half point.  

Ryan Giggs -7- As clever as ever when arriving for his goal, became far more effective in the latter stages, playing through the centre, providing penetration from the middle.

Anderson -5- Never afraid to get stuck in, but unable to express the energy and zest when playing in a wider role. His role in the side not particularly clear, for him either.

Wayne Rooney -7- Industrious as ever but wasteful receiving the ball in the first half. Like Giggs, came into the game late on and was the driving force behind sustained pressure. Forced Given out to save twice, maybe should have tucked one chance away.

Sir Alex Ferguson -6- Safe rather than sorry seemed the approach. Must see that Giggs is far more threatening through the centre, while the likes of Diouf need more time if they are to make an impact.