Player Ratings United 4 City 2: Reds Dominate Derby Rivals

Fellaini Young

De Gea – Unable to do anything about the two goals he conceded but was always quick off his line to clear any danger. Made good saves when needed and even played a key part in setting up a goal. 7

Valencia – Cementing the right back position as his own. He’s finally looking comfortable and seems to know what he’s doing. Looking a threat going forward and putting in key challenges when needed. Positioning still under question. 7

Jones – Lost Aguero for the first and looked shaky for the first twenty minutes or so. Was dominant having settled down and produced a solid performance. 7

Smalling – Back from illness and also took a moment to settle down. To go along with his commanding display, he also grabbed a well taken goal to add to his impressive season tally. 8

Blind – Establishing a formidable partnership with Ashley Young. His ability to pass the ball with such accuracy is a key reason for the midfield’s domination in recent matches. 7

Carrick – Controlled the game when no one else could and calmed the team’s nerves. Continues to provide an indispensable shield for a questionable defence. 8

Herrera – Ran the show once again and set the tempo to his liking. Gave the opposition midfield a lot to think about by exploiting any gaps they left behind. 8

Fellaini – A phenomenal performance that saw him dominate arguably the league’s best midfield. Controlled the ball with ease and brought his teammates into play with deft touches all across the pitch. Was dangerous in the box as well as he headed in our second goal. 9

Young – United’s most dangerous player today and possibly this season too. Scored and set up two, and proved the ‘turn to’ man whenever a positive attack took place. Pivotal. 9

Mata – Produced a fine performance again and netted yet another goal against a big team. 7

Rooney – Subdued for the majority of the game but continued to work hard. Set up Mata with a great reverse pass for the team’s third. 7


Rojo – Replaced Jones and looked comfortable. 7

Di Maria – N/A

Falcao – N/A


Louis van Gaal – How the tide has turned for Mr. van Gaal. No more comparisons with Moyes and no more doubters, no doubt. Yet another huge game completely dominated by LvG’s Reds and another three points to take home. Next up, Chelsea. Philosophy. 8

Referee: Should have sent Kompany off. 5

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