Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Ranking the United Players

Ryan RodgersContributor IAugust 7, 2011

Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Ranking the United Players

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    Although the Community Shield is nothing more than a friendly, the match still sets the tempo for the upcoming season.

    With Manchester City taking on Manchester United, it was always going to be hard for pundits, and journalists alike to not read into this match.

    This match lived up to its expectations, and was full of drama. 

    It may have been a mere friendly, but United still proved that they are the team to beat in Manchester.

    Here are the Manchester United player rankings.

David De Gea

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    The young Spaniard could have controlled his box better on the City's first goal, and should have done way better on Edin Dzeko's shot.

    Still, De Dea showed some promise.  It will take him a few games to get settled, but this game certainly wasn't one for the memories.

    Overall Rating: 6.5/10

Chris Smalling

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    Chris Smalling showed great attacking prowess, and finishing a striker would approve of.

    His attacking instinct added width to United's attack, and his stamina proved vital while tracking back.

    He effectively closed down City's wide men, forcing them to attack through the middle.

    Overall Rating: 8.0/10

Rio Ferdinand

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    Rio Ferdinand looked out of place, and slightly hesitant.

    He allowed Silva, Toure, and Dzeko to much time going forward, and did not pressure the ball well.

    He is going to have to improve immensely if he is going to try and continue to be a mainstay in United's back line.

    With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling showing promise, this could prove difficult.

    Overall Rating: 6.0/10

Nemanja Vidic

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    Nemanja Vidic was solid, and gave a typical Vidic performance.  His partnership with Ferdinand did not seem as convincing as it has in the past, but I believe more of the blame lies in the hands of Ferdinand.

    Vidic gave a solid 45 minutes, and looks at his best heading into the new season.

    Overall Rating: 7.5/10

Patrice Evra

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    Not much to criticize Patrice Evra over, and not much to praise him over.

    A solid performance and he also looks promising heading into the new season.

    Overall Rating: 8.0/10


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    Nani played like a player who knows that at any given moment, he could find himself riding the bench.

    With competition like Antonio Valencia, Park Ji-Sung, and Ashley Young, behind him, Nani must prove himself every match.

    And he certainly did today.

    His darting runs, and trickery allowed players to advance in attacking positions.

    His composure looks very improved as he can now execute what he is attempting.  Nani will surely look to build on his success from last year, and if this game is an indication of anything, it signifies just that.

    Overall Rating: 10/10

Michael Carrick

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    Some one needs to tell Michael Carrick that he won't get benched if he passes the ball upfield.

    Every pass was negative, and slowed down United's attack.

    Carrick is a great player, but needs to improve on his consistency, as well as trying to dictate the play going forward from his deeper role, as opposed to passing back all the time.

    Overall Rating: 7.0/10


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    Anderson looked brimming with confidence, and is looking more and more promising as he justifies why he can fill Paul Scholes' void.

    He is strong, smart, and has great vision.  If Anderson continues to have his confidence boosted, he will continue to prove himself.

    I am hoping that this will be Anderson's year.  He can be Paul Scholes' replacement if given the chance.

    Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Ashley Young

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    Ashley Young came in and did exactly what United needed him to do.

    Create chances, and deliver from set pieces.

    United looked more dangerous when Young had the ball at his feet. 

    It will be interesting to see how Sir Alex incorporates Young, and how he utilizes his abilities.

    Overall Rating: 8.0/10

Danny Welbeck

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    For such a young player, Welbeck has immense levels of composure, and confidence.

    His partnership with Wayne Rooney showed promise, and if allowed to develop could be huge for United as well as England.

    I expect big things from Welbeck this season, especially after his successful spell at Sunderland last season.

    Overall Rating: 8.0/10

Wayne Rooney

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    Wayne Rooney is showing signs of his 2009-2010 form.

    He looks revitalized, and hungrier than ever.

    He was always looking for the ball, or creating space for his teammates.

    It will be interesting to see who partners Rooney up front, as his partnership with Berbatov was rather unconvincing.

    Overall Rating: 8.5/10


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    Tom Cleverly:  The combination of Cleverly and Anderson looked the most promising and the most creative.

    Overall Rating: 8.0/10

    Johnny Evans: Most teams would love to have Johnny Evans, unfortunately he is United's fifth choice on United.

    Overall Rating: 7.5/10

    Phil Jones: Great buy and has a great future at the club.  He looked up to the task of marking some of the Premier League's greatest attackers and should compete for major time this season.

    Overall Rating: 7.5/10

    Rafael: United's new first choice right back has a big season ahead of him.  He will be given the time, so it's up to Rafael on how he capitalizes on it.

    Overall Rating: 7.0/10

    Dimitar Berbatov:  I am not convinced by Berbatov and he is going to seriously improve if he expects to walk into this United team.  A move to PSG might benefit all parties involved.

    Overall Rating: 6.5/10