The result on Sunday against Manchester City was very disappointing and if you are looking for some positives to take from the game, then you’re going to have to look very hard. These are our player ratings for the game at the Etihad.
David De Gea – This was one of the worst performances of the season for the young Spaniard. Whether or not he could have had a stronger hand and made a difference to Aguero’s second or not is another debate. Almost spilled a rather routine stop into his own net too. Compounding this with conceeding four goals means he’s not going to want to remember this one. – (3)
Patrice Evra – After being one of the best performing United players up until now in the season it seemed to all fall apart today. Evra lost his men a lot and seemed to be missing completely at times. The only positives are that he came close to scoring with a header off the post, in the last thirty minutes he seemed to get forward more. – (4)
Nemanja Vidic – Seemed to struggle dealing with Negredo or Aguero who played about as well as any City fan could have hoped for. Worked hard to keep going till the final whistle to avoid the result getting even worse. – (4)
Rio Ferdinand – It’s not often that Rio goes missing in games but this was one where he had very little influence. City seemed to play around him. – (3)
Chris Smalling – Lost his men far too much, worked hard but just didn’t seem able to produce the standard required to stop the City attack. Became a lot more involved in the second half as United got more of the ball. – (4)
Ashley Young – High work rate, low standard. Numerous incomplete passes, didn’t seem able to use his pace, lost the ball too much. From a team of bad performances his was the worst. – (2)
Michael Carrick – Didn’t seem able exercise any control on the game. Spent a lot of his time working on the defensive side of the game. Seemed to work hard without much reward. – (5)
Marouane Fellaini – Had a torrid time in the first half as he worked in a defensive mode. Much like Carrick he didn’t seem to be able to take much control. Improved in the second half when he pushed forward after the addition of Cleverley but it was too little too late. Lost Toure for the second goal and seemed slow and showed a low work rate. – (4)
Antonio Valencia – Improving performances since the start of the season mean nothing on derby day and Valencia fell apart at times. Worked hard as always but lost his man on the first goal, this encounter with Kolarov seemed to challenge him through the day, a challenge he repeatedly lost. – (5)
Wayne Rooney – This was about the only player on the United team that deserved anything from the game. Involved in everything good from United but with little to no support it was always going to be an uphill struggle. A great free kick at the end for a consolation goal. – (7)
Danny Welbeck – Replacing Van Persie was going to be hard and he never really seemed to match up. Danny worked tirelessly but didn’t seem to have enough ideas to unlock the City defence. – (4)
Tom Cleverley – (On for Young, 52 min) – Came on after the damage was done and instantly appeared the most relaxed of the United midfield on the ball. Offered himself as a willing receiver of the pass, got involved with most that United produced before the end. – (6)
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