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April 8, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 75498‎
 
59′ (OG) Vincent Kompany
James Milner 52′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City

Vincent Kompany's unfortunate own goal cancelled out James Milner's opener, but Sergio Aguero came off the bench and struck brilliantly to seal victory for Roberto Mancini's team.

By Oliver Platt

  • David de Gea
    38
    42
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Did not have much chance of saving Milner's opener given he was unsighted and had to deal with a deflection. Could do little about Aguero's powerful effort, either.

  • Rafael
    42
    49
    3.50

    Rafael

    Made his presence felt down the right flank, charging up the wing purposefully and using his speed to ensure he did not neglect his defensive duties. Found Clichy tough to beat when he ventured forward, though he hit the outside of the post with one speculative effort.

  • Patrice Evra
    24
    60
    2.50

    Patrice Evra

    Defended dependably after a bright start from Milner but did not have much opportunity to get forward as Young tended to cross the ball early rather than wait for the overlap.

  • Phil Jones
    37
    53
    2.50

    Phil Jones

    Dealt easily with the crosses City sent in his direction and headed United level with a close-range effort that hit Kompany on its way in. He was exposed by Aguero, though, when the striker streaked past him to put City in front.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    16
    61
    2.50

    Rio Ferdinand

    Marshalled the defence well for the most part, keeping Tevez and Silva away from dangerous areas, but occasionally dropped too deep, allowing City to get shots away from the edge of the penalty area.

  • Ryan Giggs
    25
    90
    2.00

    Ryan Giggs Flop of the Match

    Saw plenty of the ball and spread it well when United counterattacked, but was guilty of an uncharacteristically ill-judged flick that handed City possession in the build-up to Milner's opening goal.

  • Michael Carrick
    25
    47
    2.50

    Michael Carrick

    Not really the sort of game that suits him. He was as accurate with the ball as ever, but rarely got a grip on the game high up the field due to United's deep defensive line.

  • Ashley Young
    27
    57
    2.50

    Ashley Young

    Somewhat predictable on the left, almost always checking back before moving inside to cross. None of his deliveries from the flank really came off but, when he did take on his man on one occasion in the first half, he left one defender for dead before forcing an excellent block from Nastasic. It would have been nice to see him be more positive more often.

  • Wayne Rooney
    31
    82
    2.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Stretched the City defence on occasion with his passing on the break, but never really picked up the ball in threatening areas near Hart's goal and some of his crossing was disappointing.

  • Danny Welbeck
    30
    78
    2.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Started encouragingly, striding through the centre of the pitch on the counterattack, but his final ball let him down, particularly at the end of one two-on-two break with Rooney. Faded as the game wore on.

  • Robin van Persie
    35
    78
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    Struggled to shake off the close marking of Nastasic and Kompany, seeing less of the ball than any other outfield player in United's starting XI, but demonstrated that his magic left foot remains a threat even when he is off-colour with a marvellous free kick that Jones nodded in.

Substitutions

  • Antonio Valencia
    25
    49
    2.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Replaced Welbeck for the final 10 minutes.

  • Javier Hernández
    60
    44
    2.00

    Javier Hernández

    Replaced Rooney for the final five minutes.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    31
    43
    2.00

    Shinji Kagawa

    Came on in added time for Young.

  • Joe Hart
    64
    13
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Like De Gea, he did not have too much to deal with aside from the goal he conceded. Cannot really be blamed given the pace and swerve on Van Persie's free kick, although it did fly through his six-yard box.

  • Vincent Kompany
    73
    16
    3.50

    Vincent Kompany

    Could not keep track of Jones as the centre-back nodded Van Persie's free kick off the City captain and in. That was a blemish on an otherwise fine game, as he stepped in decisively to frustrate United on the break and kept a lid on Van Persie for much of the contest.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    52
    22
    2.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Occasionally stretched by Young on the left, but to no real effect. Most of City's play went down the left, so he was not massively involved.

  • Gael Clichy
    79
    22
    4.00

    Gael Clichy Top of the Match

    An excellent display at left-back. He was heavily involved in City's build-up play, as many of their attacks progressed down his flank, and defended decisively when Rafael poured forward from right-back.

  • Matija Nastasic
    82
    15
    3.50

    Matija Nastasic

    Got across well to make an important block on Young, and did a fine job in keeping Van Persie and Rooney at bay for the vast majority of the match. Looks to be an outstanding partner for Kompany.

  • James Milner
    60
    13
    3.50

    James Milner

    Engineered a couple of openings early on, crossing low towards the near post, but his involvement faded until he drilled home a left-footed shot that took a deflection on its way to the bottom corner. Full of endeavour as always.

  • Samir Nasri
    56
    20
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    Did well to hold on to the ball and lay it back for Milner to open the scoring having been cut off by Rafael. Neat enough, but did not have much joy otherwise as he probed through the middle.

  • Gareth Barry
    51
    15
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    Given more opportunity to venture forward than usual and combined his neat passing with some industrious tackling.

  • David Silva
    67
    15
    3.00

    David Silva

    Was not really suited to the sort of service that often came in on the flanks, but admirably did all he could to make an impact in the box when crosses flew in. Looked the most likely of any City player to open United up, but was fairly effectively crowded out for the most part.

  • Yaya Touré
    57
    16
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    Sat deep and brought the ball out of defence, helping to nullify Van Persie and Rooney by providing an extra physical presence. Very efficient with the ball, but did not often venture forward.

  • Carlos Tévez
    44
    35
    2.00

    Carlos Tévez

    Does not look overly suited to a lone striking role and had little service to feed off all night. The crosses that came in were easily defended by the much taller United centre-backs.

Substitutions

  • Joleon Lescott
    26
    16

    Joleon Lescott

    Replaced David Silva late on.

  • Javi García
    29
    17
    2.00

    Javi García

    Replaced Tevez in added time.

  • Sergio Agüero
    135
    13
    4.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Gave City the edge they had been missing in attack and put them in front with a wonderful solo goal, tearing through the middle of the pitch and holding off Welbeck and Jones before firing into the roof of the net.

Results
 
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Position
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2