Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United: Player ratings

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It's being branded Demolition Derby following City's emphatic 4-1 victory over Manchester United and it was exactly that; a demolition.

It's arguable that even the 4-1 loss flattered United a bit with City's star players Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Vinent Kompany all in imperious form. Here we dissect and analyse each individual performance from all 22 starting players, substitutes and manager.

Manchester City XI:

Joe Hart: England's number one stopper had little work to do, such was the dominance of Manchester City. Gathered crosses confidently and composed and made a terrific save from Marouane Fellaini's 15 yard effort. Couldn't do much about Wayne Rooney's pinpoint free-kick. 6.

Pablo Zabaleta: Last year's Player of the Year for Man City hasn't had the most accomplished start to the season, with his performances possibly dipping due to the loss of Kompany for much of the season, but impressed with a very committed and hard-working performance epitomised by a number of crunching tackles. Dealt with Ashley Young well. 7.

Vincent Kompany: Returning to the Manchester City side and a Manchester derby might be worrying for some, but Kompany put in a masterclass performance on his return to Premier League action. Dominated in-form Wayne Rooney for large parts of the game and snuffed out any initial signs of danger with his agility, athleticism, positioning, tackling and reading of the game. Played his part in City's fourth of the afternoon with an impressive run from his own half. Truly world class performance. 9.

Matija Nastasic: The young Serb had a fairly uncomfortable start to the game with an early yellow card following a mistimed tackle, while also leaving space behind to exploit in the early stages. Once City asserted their dominance Nastasic grew in confidence however and barely put a foot wrong. A couple cynical tackles were highlighted by a foul on Rooney, resulting in a United goal. Assured performance however. 6.

Alexander Kolarov: City's second choice left-back has made a reputation for posing a massive threat offensively, while being suspect defensively and that was epitomised in both halves. Carried a threat with Samir Nasri in the first half with a powerful and precise left-footed cross for Aguero's opener with the left being a constant avenue of success for City. Played more on the backfoot in the second half however and was beaten easily by Valencia and co on a few occasions. 7.

Yaya Toure: Kompany, Aguero and the powerful Ivory Coast winger were the three players to earn the praise for the performances in City's title-winning season and this performance was nostalgic in that sense with all three hugely impressing. Controlled the midfield for the first half, with precise and incisive passes and moves. Made a number of surging runs, while displaying his power and strength all too often. Scored a well deserved goal as the second half came to a close. 9.

Fernandinho: The Brazilian has arrived for a huge price tag and while his performances aren't the ones that will carry out the headlines, he impressed with his awareness of danger, tackling, energy and interceptions while offering the platform for Toure to attack and control the match. 7.

Jesus Navas: Question marks have been made over the pacey Spaniard, with his ability to adapt and settle in the Premier League the main talking point. While offering an added dimension to City's game with his pacy, wingplay; Navas was on the periphery at times. Couldn't quite ask questions of Evra to often, but set up City's fourth with an inviting cross and worked hard. 6.

Sergio Aguero: Many deemed last season an underwhelming season for the stocky Argentine with just 12 Premier League goals to his name, but here Aguero displayed the form which offered him rave reviews in his debut season. His movement, pace, balance and combination play offered plenty of problems for United's backline. Aguero inevitably capitalised on that with a brace; a fine first half volley for City's opener and a simple finish for City's third. 8.

Samir Nasri: The former Arsenal man was drafted into the left of midfield following an injury to David Silva, but made the most of that with an exceptional performance only bettered by City's Kompany, Toure and Aguero. Offered a numerical advantage in midfield with his retaining of possession and movement while ran Chris Smalling ragged. Scored City's fourth. 8.

Alvaro Negredo: The Spaniard displaced Edin Dzeko who has been a mainstay leading the line for City this season, but displayed a great afternoon in his first Manchester derby displaying a very good understanding with Aguero and hold-up play while posing Ferdinand and Vidic all sorts of problems. Two assists to his name on an impressive afternoon. 7.


James Milner: Replaced Jesus Navas with twenty minutes to go, offering more assistance defensively to Pablo Zabaleta after United were on top. Defended well, used the ball well and posed a threat offensively a few times. 6.

Edin Dzeko: Introduced with 15 minutes remaining after the points were already sealed for Manchester City. Didn't see much of the ball with United well on top after his arrival, but posed a threat when he was in the final third with two dangerous efforts. 5.

Javi Garcia: Too little time to rate. N/A.

Manchester United XI:

David de Gea: Struggled with what was quite frankly a shambolic defensive performance from United, but still could have done better with Samir Nasri's goal and did little to alleviate pressure from United's outfield players with some poor clearances and goal kicks. 5.

Chris Smalling: The Englishman was rewarded for his impressive display at Bayer Leverkusen by retaining his place in the United team at right back, but will want to forget this performance. Wasn't helped by the lack of support from Antonio Valencia, but struggled to contain the lively Samir Nasri while being caught wrong-footed for City's opener. 4.

Rio Ferdinand: The United stalwart started his third consecutive game in the space of a week and maybe that was telling of his performance. Rio couldn't live with the impressive Aguero who gave him a torrid afternoon. Caught flat-footed on a number of occasions, while he was at fault for City's third and fourth of the afternoon; being unaware of Aguero's run behind him for the third and drawn out of position by Kompany for City's fourth. 4.

Nemanja Vidic: The uncompromising Serb has been a monumental figure for United this season and while being on the side of a team conceding four goals, he can't be too deflated with his performance. Struggled to deal with the movement of Aguero and power of Negredo, but averted danger with a number of last ditch tackles and decisive interceptions. 6.

Patrice Evra: His defensive weaknesses were highlighted before the game with a perceived lack of concentration and poor positioning and while many expected Jesus Navas to give the Frenchman a torrid time, City found most of their joy down their left-hand side. Not too much to contend with in the first half, but as the game opened up, space opened up on Evra's left side. Still caught for pace on a few occasions. 5.

Antonio Valencia: Like Chris Smalling, Valencia looked back to his best with an impressive performance against Leverkusen, but endured a miserable afternoon today instead. Uncharacteristically, neglected defensive duties and didn't track the run of Kolarov for the opening goal which was epitomized on a number of occasions. Could have done better at the far post for Yaya Toure's goal and City's second. Showed more going forward in the second half and beat Kolarov a few times however. 4.

Michael Carrick: United's mainstay hasn't had the best start to the season considering the standards he set last year and was by no means United's worst performer today, but was still disappointing. Pushed back into his own half due to the dominance of City and Yaya Toure and couldn't break that pressure. Used the ball calmly and efficiently yet found his passing into the forwards wanting quite often. Lack of mobility and quickness of thought exposed in the second half when the game really opened up with Carrick having the ball nicked from him by Aguero and co. 5.

Marouane Fellaini: The big Belgian has impressed since joining United, but was guilty of a lazy and poor performance today. There was a lot of hype and anticipation of the battle between Fellaini and Toure, but the City man was the clear winner. Didn't track back on a number of occasions and failed impose his physicality on the game. At fault for the second goal, by not tracking the run of Toure from a corner and also didn't track Aguero's free run into the box. Played further forward toward the end, but still couldn't help his side get back into the game. 5.

Ashley Young: The much maligned Englishman did little to sway United fans' opinions of him today with some poor crossing and set-pieces which were constantly overhit or misplaced. Against one of the best right backs in the league, Young needed a better performance than that today. Subbed off with other 35 minutes remaining for Tom Cleverley. 4.

Wayne Rooney: The United frontman has surpassed 200 goals for Manchester United and is the man in form, he is also the only man to come away with a credible performance for United today. Displayed plenty of verve and commitment and while he was at times subdued by Vincent Kompany, he found space, brought others into play and distributed the ball well. Scored a stunning free-kick, but unfortunately that could only be deemed as a consolation goal. 7.

Danny Welbeck: The United youngster was drawn into the side following a thigh strain to star man Robin van Persie and cut a forlorn figure for much of the game. Despite the strides he has made, his movement and finishing is still something that needs working on. Displayed a poor touch a few times when he could have been set free and didn't offer the presence in the box United needed by dropping deep too much. 5.


Tom Cleverley: Tom Cleverley on for Ashley Young. The substitution that should have happened at the start of the second half and had that been the case the game could have been a different outcome, instead it came following to early second half goals for the Citizens. Helped sure up the midfield and retained possession high up the pitch and in the final third. One of the few positives for United. 6.


Manuel Pellegrini: Played on the front foot with a very attacking side and two forwards and this paid dividends. Saw his side assume control of the match following a promising start for United. City played with style, verve and intensity, with United's midfield struggling to cope with that. Made a sensible substitution bring on James Milner with three points secured, but the arrival of Javi Garcia may have played a part in United's late dominance with City sitting deep. Just the one flaw for Pellegrini's side however. 8.

David Moyes: The Manchester United manager will be frustrated to lose star striker Robin van Persie just before the match and with him in the side the outcome could well have been different. Still, the former Everton boss was his new side simply outclassed all over the pitch and will be disappointed with the clear lack of creativity. The sole substitution was also reactive rather than pro-active and were the substitution of Cleverley introduced at half-time, United may not have conceded two early second half goals. 5.

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