Player ratings: Manchester City v Manchester United

Given – Aside from a Giggs shot that came straight into his arms, Shay had little to do as the opportunities United did create, sailed wide. No chance with the goal. 6

Onuoha – Solid in defence, which was vital as United seek to unlock teams down the flanks. Came close to a winner on two occasions. 7

Bridge – Looked rusty, particularly in the first-half when he never appeared to have the measure of Valencia. Better after the break and had a chance to win it in extra-time, but drove his shot into the arms of Van der Sar. 6

Toure – Made some excellent clearances and was our best defender on the day. 7

Kompany – Not for the first time, Vincent sliced an attempted clearance, and let Rooney in. Such things do little for the nerves but he improved as the game wore on. 6

de Jong – Excellent and everywhere in the first half, when United’s extra man in midfield threatened to tell. Appeared to have a knock when he was substituted. 8

Barry – A steady game, neither spectacular nor dreadful. We still need a little more from Gareth if we’re to win these games. Fluffed his big chance by failing to shoot and hoping for a penalty. 7

Johnson – An intriguing duel with Evra with honours even as United doubled up on him whenever they could. Adam showed some good touches and nearly played in Adebayor with a peach of a pass. 7

Bellamy – Plenty of perspiration without enough of an end product. Didn’t dominate Neville as we needed him to. The crossfield pass that conceded possession for the goal was an unhappy final contribution. 6

Tevez – Maybe we were expecting to much. After all the hype Carlos was a bit of a disappointment. Wasn’t able to cause the United defence significant problems either in attack or by dropping deep. Did manage to play in Bellamy, who went for glory rather than returning the ball. 6

Adebayor – Worked hard once again, showing good control under a lot of pressure. Amongst the usual unpredictability, Ade threatened a moment of brilliance that never quite appeared. 7


Vieira – Patrick’s introduction only made sense when Wright-Phillips came on to balance the midfield. Having the extra man gradually steadied us, even if the pace of the game was beyond him. 6

Wright-Phillips – A couple of bursts gave us a lift and it was good to see the Shaun of old. 7

Ireland – Not able to get fully into the game. Looked to get forward and win the game but, ultimately, tracking Scholes’ run could have saved us a point. That’s the way it’s going for Stevie at the moment. 6

Man of the match: Nigel de Jong

Preview: Manchester City v Manchester United
Verdict: Manchester City 0 Manchester United 1

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