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.
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.
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.
Again not truly tested but picked up a cheap yellow card fort a foul on Di Maria
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.
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.
Struggled to keep with the pace of the match and didn’t really contribute in the first-half when United’s midfield bossed possession.
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.
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.
Showed good movement at times but was limited in his effectiveness.
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.
Came on too late to really make an impact.
Added very little to the game once brought on. His arrival coincided with United’s best period of the half.