Manchester City v Manchester United: Man for man marking

 

The Etihad Stadium

Manchester City

Joe Hart Distribution was erratic but probably stemmed from boredom at having nothing to do. 6

Pablo Zabaleta Dangerous going forward on the overlap providing vital width to help prise United open. A real threat. 8

Vincent Kompany Scored the vital goal and usual composed presence in the defence. Harshly booked for first-half foul on Rooney. 8

Joleon Lescott Shackled Rooney and assured presence alongside Kompany. Unperturbed by Welbeck's arrival as United searched for an equaliser. 7

Gaël Clichy Dealt with Nani and kept composure as United threw on winger after winger to save the game. 7

David Silva Eluded United's midfielders on several occasions but did not run the show as Mancini would have liked. 6

Yaya Touré Rarely ventured forward until late on in a performance epitomising discipline aside from a childlike strop when booked for throwing the ball. 7

Gareth Barry Helped win the midfield battle and cut off central supply line to Rooney. Quietly efficient in possession, as is his style. 7

Samir Nasri City's most dangerous threat for large parts of the game. Showed Arsenal colours when electing not to shoot six yards out at the death. 7

Carlos Tevez Turned United's defence nicely on a few occasions but failed to make a telling impact. 6

Sergio Aguero Worked hard. Skied difficult volley from tight angle before scuffing another half-chance. Never shied away and always troublesome. 7

Manchester United

David De Gea Kompany's goal not his fault but close-range finish suggests he could have done more to claim the cross. Saved from Clichy late on. 5

Phil Jones Rarely crossed the halfway line until the second half but poor delivery thereafter suggested he shouldn't have bothered. 5

Chris Smalling Badly at fault in losing Kompany for City's winner. When your team adopts a containment strategy, such errors are fatal. 4

Rio Ferdinand Confident and composed for the most part, United's defence faltered around him. But should he have been marking Kompany instead? 5

Patrice Evra Looked vulnerable most times as City attacked down the left. Had little cover but lost battle with Nasri and booked for fouling Zabaleta 5

Nani Saw plenty of the ball but could not produce anything of note. More Bad than Thriller from the Michael Jackson lookalike. 4

Michael Carrick Lost battle of midfield anchors. Did nothing wrong but equally nothing of note. 6

Paul Scholes Typically intelligent in possession but unable to create any attacking rhythm. Gradually faded as Touré's power told. 6

Ryan Giggs Assured presence but drifted infield too often to allow Zabaleta space to attack Evra down United's left. Provided little. 5

Park Ji-sung Selected to break up play and help contain City's midfield but failed in his task. 5

Wayne Rooney Isolated figure more interested in trying to get Kompany sent off than influence the game. 5

Sport
The sun rises over St Andrews golf course, but will it be a new dawn for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club?
sportAnd it's Yes to women (at the R&A)
Arts and Entertainment
Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year
tvSeries celebrates 20th anniversary
Sport
Yaya Touré (left) and Bayern Munich’s Spanish defender Juan Bernat
footballToure's lack of defensive work is big problem for City
Voices
voicesApple continually kill off smaller app developers, and that's no good for anyone
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't
tv

Liam Neeson's Downton dreams

Sport
Wembley Stadium
footballNews follows deal with Germany
Arts and Entertainment
A spell in the sun: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’
filmReview: Magic In The Moonlight
Sport
A 'Sir Alex Feguson' tattoo
football

Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear
tv

Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage

Life and Style
life

News
ScienceGallery: Otherwise known as 'the best damn photos of space you'll see till 2015'
Life and Style
fashion

Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week