Manchester derby: Player ratings

Manchester United fans celebrate. Photo: PA

Robin van Persie scored an injury-time winner to give Manchester United victory amid ugly scenes at the end of today's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium. Here's how the players rated:


JOE HART: Hardly involved in the action in the first half and could not be blamed for United's goals. 5

PABLO ZABALETA: His usual committed and enthusiastic self. Created a good early chance for Mario Balotelli and was in the right place to drill home the equaliser. 7

VINCENT KOMPANY: Made a solid start and his early departure through injury was a big blow for City. 5

MATIJA NASTASIC: Showed composure at times but was caught on the counter-attack. 6

GAEL CLICHY: Brought some solidity back to the left-hand side but some of United's attacks bypassed him and his late carelessness cost City. 6

DAVID SILVA: Showed willingness but not allowed much time on the ball to dictate proceedings until the latter stages. 7

YAYA TOURE: United managed to limit City's driving force to just a handful of his trademark destructive runs. 7

GARETH BARRY: Comfortable when City were in possession and did some vital defensive work. 7

SAMIR NASRI: Showed enthusiasm in the opening minutes but produced another ineffectual showing. 6

SERGIO AGUERO: Looked City's most threatening player but it was a frustrating tale of bad luck and squandered chances. 6

MARIO BALOTELLI: Saw plenty of the ball and clearly looked in the mood after being given the chance to start but it did not happen for him. 6


KOLO TOURE (on for Kompany, 21 minutes): Looked uncomfortable after getting an unexpected chance to come on and was involved in some anxious moments at the back. 5

CARLOS TEVEZ (on for Balotelli, 52): Injected fresh energy and threat to the City attack and chased even apparent lost causes. 7

EDIN DZEKO (on for Yaya Toure, 84): Gave the United defence something to think about straight away. 6


DAVID DE GEA: Had some uneasy moments but came through largely unscathed, making some good late saves. 7

RAFAEL: City tried to put him under pressure after last week's horror show but he held firm and had a key role in Rooney's second goal. 7

RIO FERDINAND: Was caught out early on but overcame that and gave a characteristically strong showing. 7

JONNY EVANS: Did little wrong on what was expected to be a testing afternoon for the United defence but was withdrawn early in second half through injury. 6

PATRICE EVRA: Determined to show there would be no weakness on the left of United's defence. Strong from the outset. 7

ANTONIO VALENCIA: Given little chance to get on the ball and power forward. 6

MICHAEL CARRICK: Made to work hard without the ball but kept his composure and often got into the right place. 7

TOM CLEVERLEY: Largely quiet but supported United's attacks well. 6

ASHLEY YOUNG: Made the decisive break that led to Rooney's first goal. A danger when given the chance. 7

WAYNE ROONEY: Some bad tackles aside, Rooney got back to doing what he does best after recent criticism, finishing superbly twice. 9

ROBIN VAN PERSIE: City were determined to ensure the in-form Dutchman had a quiet day but they just could not keep him out of the game. 7


CHRIS SMALLING (on for Evans, 48): Was kept busy by Tevez and Aguero. 6

PHIL JONES (on for Valencia, 84): Immediately found himself under pressure after late introduction. 5

DANNY WELBECK (on for Cleverley, 87): Stole ball which led to United winning late free-kick from which Van Persie scored. 6