Manchester City vs Manchester United Player Ratings

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Manchester City ran out 1-0 winners in the first Manchester derby of the campaign after Sergio Aguero capitalized on the visitors going down to ten men by scoring a second-half goal. United were spirited in their play but following Chris Smalling’s dismissal, City were in the ascendency.

Manchester City

Joe Hart- 7

The England goalkeeper made an important contribution. He was often first to crosses and set-pieces as well as making an important save from a Van Persie strike in the second-half.

Pablo Zabaleta- 7

The Argentine had a comfortable afternoon, mainly because Angel Di Maria was moved to the right flank following Smalling’s red-card. Zabaleta defended well when needs be late on but didn’t get forward with any regularity.

Vincent Kompany-7

City’s captain was again a rock at the back for the hosts despite making an error to allow Wayne Rooney through on goal in the latter stages of the second-half. Was commanding in the air against Fellaini.

Martin Demichelis-6

Again not truly tested but picked up a cheap yellow card fort a foul on Di Maria

Gael Clichy-6

Was a last minute call-up courtesy of Kolarov’s injury in the warm-up and made a few mistakes. United will rue the face they never managed to test him when they had 11 on the field.

Yaya Toure-9

Probably the difference maker. Despite not stamping his authority on the first-half, Toure was methodical in the second making a number of key passes and physical contributions.

Fernando-6

Struggled to keep with the pace of the match and didn’t really contribute in the first-half when United’s midfield bossed possession.

Jesus Navas-7

Was a handful early on with his pace and was a real threat. However his impact on the game waned as Luke Shaw gained confidence.

James Milner-7

Worked hard and caused United all sorts of problems on the right. Made a clever run to get in behind United’s back four to force Smalling’s red card.

Stevan Jovetic-6

Showed good movement at times but was limited in his effectiveness.

Sergio Aguero-10

Aguero again was United’s main worry. The Argentine’s movement was absolutely wonderful and he deserved the goal in the second-half. Forced a couple of important saves out of De Gea in the first-half and was again a credit to his club.

Fernandinho-N/A

Came on too late to really make an impact.

Samir Nasri-5

Added very little to the game once brought on. His arrival coincided with United’s best period of the half.

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