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December 9, 2012 8:30 AM EST
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 47166‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United

The hosts fell asleep in the first half as Wayne Rooney exploited space to score twice but Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta gave them hope before Robin van Persie's deflected winner

By George Ankers

  • Joe Hart
    29
    111
    2.00

    Joe Hart

    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.

  • Vincent Kompany
    25
    91
    2.50

    Vincent Kompany

    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.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    47
    75
    3.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    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.

  • Gael Clichy
    22
    94
    2.50

    Gael Clichy

    Bypassed frequently by both Rafael and Valencia in the first half and exerted little authority on the left flank.

  • Matija Nastasic
    33
    90
    2.50

    Matija Nastasic

    Slacked off along with the rest of his defence for Rooney's opener but considerably more solid than Kolo Toure next to him.

  • Samir Nasri
    26
    148
    1.50

    Samir Nasri Flop of the Match

    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.

  • Gareth Barry
    23
    88
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    Made some good defensive interceptions when forced back but not always strong enough in the middle.

  • David Silva
    76
    75
    4.00

    David Silva

    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.

  • Yaya Touré
    59
    71
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    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.

  • Sergio Agüero
    32
    111
    2.50

    Sergio Agüero

    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.

  • Mario Balotelli
    19
    154
    2.00

    Mario Balotelli

    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.

Substitutions

  • Kolo Toure
    24
    89
    2.00

    Kolo Toure

    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.

  • Edin Dzeko
    81
    71
    2.50

    Edin Dzeko

    Came on late for Toure but could not repeat his supersub heroics.

  • Carlos Tévez
    79
    108
    4.00

    Carlos Tévez

    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.

  • David de Gea
    225
    15
    3.50

    David de Gea

    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.

  • Rafael
    204
    9
    4.00

    Rafael

    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.

  • Patrice Evra
    145
    25
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    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.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    185
    15
    4.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    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.

  • Jonny Evans
    149
    18
    3.00

    Jonny Evans

    Had to be taken off early in the second half injured, which was a shame after a comfortable first 45 minutes.

  • Antonio Valencia
    151
    26
    3.50

    Antonio Valencia

    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.

  • Michael Carrick
    150
    24
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    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.

  • Ashley Young
    163
    14
    3.50

    Ashley Young

    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.

  • Tom Cleverley
    143
    22
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    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.

  • Wayne Rooney
    288
    15
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney

    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.

  • Robin van Persie
    286
    21
    4.00

    Robin van Persie Top of the Match

    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.

Substitutions

  • Phil Jones
    101
    21
    2.00

    Phil Jones

    A late substitute for Valencia.

  • Chris Smalling
    142
    14
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Replaced the injured Evans early in the second half and worked well alongside Ferdinand for the most part.

  • Danny Welbeck
    114
    27
    2.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Brought on for Cleverley with no time to make an impact.

Results
 
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
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0