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Played
April 30, 2012 8:00 PM BST
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 47259‎
 
45+1′ Vincent Kompany
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United

Vincent Kompany's header in first-half stoppage time proves the difference as Roberto Mancini's side take top spot in the Premier League with two games to play

By Greg Stobart at Etihad Stadium

  • Joe Hart
    162
    29
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    The City goalkeeper had virtually nothing to do in the entire game, although he did look rather uncomfortable coming for crosses.

  • Vincent Kompany
    390
    33
    4.00

    Vincent Kompany Top of the Match

    The City captain led by example with excellent movement and a thumping header to leave the club in line for a first title in 44 years. Very strong defensively.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    256
    31
    3.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    An excellent display from the Argentine full-back. Solid defensively against Giggs and constantly getting forward to support Nasri.

  • Joleon Lescott
    177
    24
    3.50

    Joleon Lescott

    Strong and powerful at the heart of the City defence. Played a part in Kompany's goal with clever movement in the box. Great clearance just before half-time from a Rooney cross.

  • Gael Clichy
    187
    25
    3.50

    Gael Clichy

    The Frenchman was comfortable on the ball and did his job defensively against Nani. Late shot from the edge of the box saved by De Gea.

  • Gareth Barry
    176
    31
    3.50

    Gareth Barry

    Sat in midfield and past the ball neatly in his usual, unflashy manner. Vital role in the last 15 minutes as he kept his head.

  • Samir Nasri
    164
    86
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    Had the beating of Evra and troubled the United defence as he found space down the right channel with clever movement and jinks of the shoulder.

  • David Silva
    149
    44
    3.00

    David Silva

    Always looked to get on the ball and make something happen for the hosts. Not quite at his best but combined well with Tevez and Aguero. Replaced by Richards eight minutes from time.

  • Yaya Touré
    261
    27
    3.50

    Yaya Touré

    Dominated the midfield with his controlled passing while driving City forward with his athleticism and power. Powerful strike late on beat De Gea but went a yard wide.

  • Sergio Agüero
    195
    53
    3.50

    Sergio Agüero

    It didn't quite work out for him in front of goal - summed up by a badly sliced volley in the first-half - but he never stopped running and moving United defenders out of position.

  • Carlos Tévez
    173
    35
    3.00

    Carlos Tévez

    A busy performance against his former side as he provided energy in the final third. Replaced by De Jong in the 68th minute as City looked to hold on to their one-goal advantage.

Substitutions

  • Micah Richards
    111
    25
    3.00

    Micah Richards

    Replaced Silva in the 82nd minute to add an extra body to the defence.

  • James Milner
    95
    31
    0.00

    James Milner

    Came on for Nasri in added time.

  • Nigel De Jong
    127
    36
    3.50

    Nigel De Jong

    Replaced Tevez in the 68th minute. Snapped in to tackles, one of which resulted in a booking.

  • David de Gea
    114
    104
    3.00

    David de Gea

    The Spaniard had little to do and was given no chance by Kompany's powerful header. Sharp save to deny Clichy late on.

  • Patrice Evra
    43
    161
    2.50

    Patrice Evra

    The French full-back made some decent interceptions but looked vulnerable against Nasri. Got forward well when he could.

  • Phil Jones
    47
    180
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    Strong performance on the whole at right-back but produced few of his customary lung-busting runs over the halfway line.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    55
    123
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Composed in central defence and did well against Aguero in tight situations, denying the Argentine striker space to shoot at goal.

  • Chris Smalling
    43
    149
    2.50

    Chris Smalling

    Generally strong in central defence after being selected to replace the injured Jonny Evans. Lost Kompany in the build-up to the City captain's goal.

  • Ryan Giggs
    42
    159
    2.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Used his experience and nous on the ball but found himself too far away from the City goal to cause any real damage. Moved central following the introduction of Valencia.

  • Ji-Sung Park
    112
    253
    2.00

    Ji-Sung Park Flop of the Match

    Sir Alex Ferguson's big-game player had a poor night. Barely got near Yaya Toure, looked tired within the first 20 minutes and lacked quality on the ball. Replaced by Welbeck in the 58th minute.

  • Michael Carrick
    120
    133
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    Very classy display in central midfield, showing good defensive awareness and progressive passing to start attacks. Booked for a clumsy tackle on Barry late on.

  • Nani
    50
    169
    3.00

    Nani

    Sharp footwork with no end product from the Portuguese winger, who struggled to get the better of either of the City full-backs.

  • Paul Scholes
    61
    130
    3.00

    Paul Scholes

    As ever, passed the ball well but seemed slightly off the pace of the game and was not able to control the tempo in his usual manner before being replaced by Valencia 12 minutes from time.

  • Wayne Rooney
    91
    217
    2.50

    Wayne Rooney

    Frustrated and isolated for much of the game as he led the line on his own. Never really looked like scoring in the entire game and often seemed pre-occupied with berating the referee.

Substitutions

  • Ashley Young
    41
    124
    0.00

    Ashley Young

    Replaced Nani seven minutes from time.

  • Antonio Valencia
    57
    102
    0.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Came on 12 minutes from time. Hugged the touchline but didn't trouble the City backline.

  • Danny Welbeck
    60
    121
    3.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Replaced Park in the 58th minute. Provided some support for Rooney without having much of an impact.

Results
 
Match News
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0