Manchester United vs Manchester City: Player Ratings in 6-1 Demolition Derby

Adam HartAnalyst IOctober 23, 2011

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:   Chris Smalling of Manchester United goes up for a header with Vincent Kompany of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Manchester City added insult to injury this weekend by defeating United 6-1 during the derby. After rising above United last week, they made a mockery of the defending EPL Champions this week.

Here are the player ratings for both Manchester United and Manchester City:

Manchester United

David de Gea: 5.5

The up-and-coming Manchester United keeper could do almost nothing to stop the continuous flow of Manchester City shots. He did have a particularly good save in the 77th minute to deny Dzeko a hat trick, yet failed to put in the performance that he usually shows.

Chris Smalling: 5.5

Smalling put in a valid and strong effort during the first half to control the City offense, yet in the second, City used their man advantage to secure many goals to come. Smalling hesitated many times during the second half and made a very clumsy tackle on Dzeko that resulted in a yellow card.

Rio Ferdinand: 6.0

Like many of the defenders on the United side, he seemed calm and controlled during the first half but broke down during the second. The back four struggled with the always-impending City attacks. They had no protection from the midfield and were left in shreds. 

Jonathan Evans: 2.5

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Jonathan Evans, who was started ahead of Vidic and Jones, put in the worst performance United has seen this season. After a failed attempt to stop Balotelli's opener, he missed an easy goal from close range. As if things could not get any worse for the defender, Evans was sent off in the 47th minute for a very reckless tackle that brought down Balotelli.

Evans was the worst player from today's match.

Patrice Evra: 4.5

The French international struggled on defense and was constantly undermined by the attacks of Silva and Balotelli. United's captain for the match lost his rhythm when Evans was sent off, and never got back on track. It was a sad day for the United defenders, who all had their worst performance of the season. 

Anderson: 6.0

The midfielder had much trouble with Silva and other City midfielders throughout the match. He could not get a grip on Silva's movement or ball-control skills. He could have easily conceded a penalty in the second half. Overall it was not the best performance we've seen from the him, but he did better than some.

Phil Jones: 5.5

Jones came in for Anderson in the 66th minute, allowing him to be moved to right back and Fletcher to be again moved to the mid. While he did not have a very productive match, he did not allow any very easy plays through.

Darren Fletcher: 7.0

Fletcher provided the glimmer of hope that United so desperately desired by scoring their only goal of the match. While he played well in the midfield, he was moved to right back when Evans was sent off, and only came back to the midfield when Jones came on. Fletcher was United's best player during today's match.

Ashley Young: 5.5

Ashley Young looked very good at the beginning of the match, yet as City continued to score and United changed its player arrangements, he quickly faded into the background of the game, rarely putting in the effort that we saw at the beginning. 

Nani: 5.0

Nani was shut down by the City defense every time he tried to make an attack. After many failed attacking attempts, Nani started losing hope and quickly became a no-name player. He would continue to pose no attacking threat until Hernandez came on for him.

Javier Hernandez: 6.0

He came on for Nani in the 65th minute and set up Fletcher's strike. Even though he was not a starter, he put in a good show and turned out to be one of United's better players.

Danny Welback: 5.5

Welback tried to set up shots for the United side by linking up sides with the middle, yet failed to convert any of these opportunities into goals. He, like all of the players on this United squad, had much trouble with the City defense and just could not get things going.

Wayne Rooney: 5.5

The United star and English international was given no space or time by the City defense to be a threat. He was forced to move to the midfield following the send-off and failed to control it. The striker is on the hot seat following his red card during the international break, and has not seemed to have found his groove again. 

Manchester United had the worst performance of the season today. Manchester City, on the other hand, had one of their best-played matches. 

Manchester City

Joe Hart: 6.5

Hart could never have guessed it would be such a quiet match. He had no trouble stopping the few shots that were launched at him. While he had no chance of saving United's only goal from Fletcher, he had a pretty solid game.

Joleon Lescott: 7.5

Lescott was calm and composed throughout the entire match, controlling every United attack. He had an excellent partnership with Kompany and also aided the attack when called upon. He was able to make the assist to Dzeko's first goal.

Vincent Kompany: 8.0

The City skipper had excellent control over their half of the field. He, along with Lescott, was able to snuff out every attack United launched. He led an organized back four and won every battle in the air. The only wrongdoing committed by the CB was a booking for a challenge on Welback that may have been necessary. 

Gael Clichy: 7.0

Clichy displayed amazing ability during one-on-one situations and kept Nani silent throughout the majority of the match. He had clean footwork and tidy ball-movement that aided him on the defense. Overall, a good showing from the French international.

Micah Richards: 8.5

Richards was most likely the best defender of the day. While he struggled to control Young in the first ten minutes of the match, he soon grew from it and had quite an impressive match. He was very solid defensively, while also being powerful on offense. He should have won a penalty at one point, though.

Gareth Barry: 7.0

Barry had good anticipation at the back of the City midfield and was able to cut off space from the likes of Wayne Rooney. He aided the defense in that manner while also making nice tidy passes throughout the midfield.

Yaya Toure: 7.0

Toure was an essential part of City's domination of the midfield, surging the team forward on the counter-attack during the second half. While he struggled somewhat in the first half, he found his rhythm during the second.

David Silva: 9.0

Silva seemed to be two steps ahead of all the United players today, finding open space and holes everywhere. He made a series of impressive passes throughout the course of the match, most notably the one that led to City's sixth goal. He was finally rewarded by scoring City's fifth goal. Silva had one of the best games of his career, and that is why he is the Man of the Match today.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Vincent Kompany of Manchester City celebrates his team's victory at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England.
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James Milner: 8.5

Milner proved it was a wise decision to start him ahead of Nasri by making essential passes. He had two assists and was vital to the creation of a third. While he was substituted out for Kolarov in the 89th minute, it was just to bide time. Milner too had a very successful match.

Aleksandar Kolarov: N/A

Kolarov played for just several minutes, and really had no time to get started.

Mario Balotelli: 9.0

Balotelli had an amazing match, scoring the first two of City's six goals. He got City started on a good note and was responsible for the sending off of Evans. He was very impressive, and had two fine finishes today.

Edin Dzeko: 8.0

Like Robin van Persie of Arsenal, Dzeko came on as a substitute in the second half and netted twice for City. He was able to set up Silva for his goal and managed to miss two superb chances, too. The Bosnian, like practically every player on the City side, had an amazing game.

Sergio Aguero: 7.5

The Argentine had no trouble controlling the ball and pushing it forward on the counter-attack. While he may not have had as good a day as Silva or Balotelli, he was able to net City's third goal. Aguero has turned out to be quite the transfer window acquisition. 

Samir Nasri: 6.0

Nasri entered the game for Aguero with just 15 minutes left and looked only to close out the game. 

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