Very poor on Rooney’s first goal as he allowed a mishit effort to trickle into his corner without making even a late dive. Probably should have been quicker to react for Young's disallowed strike, as well.
Young got the better of him too often in the first half but he improved in the second and his thumping equaliser was well struck.
The City captain made the difference in the home derby last season but had to withdraw after just 20 minutes this time around, a groin injury seeing him off. Whether it hindered him in his side’s lax defending for Rooney’s opener a few minutes previously is unclear.
Slacked off along with the rest of his defence for Rooney's opener but considerably more solid than Kolo Toure next to him.
Bypassed frequently by both Rafael and Valencia in the first half and exerted little authority on the left flank.
Often bullied out of the match by Carrick in a slow and ineffectual first half. Played the simple passes well enough in the second but no real penetration and offered no clear tactical benefit. Capped off his ineffective display with negligent and frankly stupid behaviour in the wall to deflect Van Persie's free kick into the net.
Made some good defensive interceptions when forced back but not always strong enough in the middle.
Quiet in the first half but showed brief signs of his latent power. Set up just how he likes it after an hour when Tevez pulled it back for him to fire home from the edge of the area. Never quite exploded, though, and withdrawn for Dzeko late on.
Grew into the game and caused problems for the United back line in the second half. Came close when he jinked away from a defender and lifted an ambitious shot against the bar. By the end of the match, was a key influence and had another effort saved.
Assigned to a flitting role behind Aguero, the Italian got around the pitch often enough but was guilty of thumping a great early chance way over and needed to show more drive. Subbed off early in the second half after infuriating Mancini with a failed backheel when application, rather than showboating, was required.
As is often the case, one of City’s most determined even during their poor spells, at one point pushing through four challenges on the edge of the box through sheer force of will. Too often struggled against Ferdinand, though, and misplaced too many passes.
Restored in goal thanks to Anders Lindegaard's wife going into labour, the Spaniard was mostly solid at the back and distributed with accuracy. Did not deserve to concede to Yaya Toure after doing brilliantly to stop two shots in the preceding scramble. Nerves crept in towards the end, though.
Such an important player for the Red Devils, his return was an obvious boost as he linked up well with Rafael, combining relentless drive in the first half with strong tracking back throughout. Taken off for Jones near the end.
A livewire on the right flank before the break, combining fluidly with Valencia and supplying a good cross for Rooney’s second. Withdrew as United settled in for the counter after half-time.
During the periods when United's midfield controlled the game, the veteran could concentrate on seeing off the constricted Aguero and did so effectively. An established and reliable showing, including an important block in the second half.
Had to be taken off early in the second half injured, which was a shame after a comfortable first 45 minutes.
Missed a header in the second half that would have offered some much-needed comfort in the edgier period after the break but solid enough at the back, for what little threat the likes of Nasri posed.
His energy was important in United's domination of the first half and he was a willing runner in attacking moves. Spent by the end, as City exerted more control, and replaced by Welbeck.
Put in a fine shift both offensively and defensively, justifying his selection in such an important game. Wrongly called offside when slotting home a rebound prior to Yaya Toure’s goal.
Strong and authoritative as he and Cleverley took control of the middle ground and made an excellent pass in a tricky position to keep the move flowing for Rooney’s second goal.
R. van Persie
A quite glorious chested pass was the catalyst for the first goal and the Dutchman’s play was typified by less obvious but nonetheless crucial contributions. Picked the right times to dart forward and pull defenders away from Rooney in the first half and so unlucky to hit the post with a brilliant shot on the hour. Missed with a second-half header but deserved his late goal, despite the deflection, for his contributions.
Given too much space – thanks in part to Van Persie’s runs – and, despite a seriously mishit shot for his first goal, was in a real striker’s mood. Found the right positions and became the highest ever goalscorer in Manchester derbies as a result.
It was a surprise to see him replace Kompany ahead of Lescott and the Ivorian looked out of place. Careering around the pitch without the faintest sign of finesse at either end, the defender looked overweight and should have conceded a penalty for a shove on Evra.
Came on late for Toure but could not repeat his supersub heroics.
Brought on soon after the break and perked up the City attack with some much-needed bite. His dogged assist to set up Yaya Toure amid a chaotic penalty box was excellent.