Several Manchester United players can hold their heads up after a harsh defeat at Manchester City.
Manchester United battled hard but weren’t able to prevent a defeat as they play the majority of the Manchester derby with ten men.
Michael Oliver’s decision to send off Chris Smalling saw United’s control over the game vanish as a goal from Sergio Aguero was the decisive factor, securing three points for the home side at the Etihad.
Here are our player ratings for the United team.
De Gea – 7
So many times David De Gea ends up on the losing side having made several world class saves during a match. Today was just that.
Valencia – 6
Valencia always works hard but he struggled to draw in his attacking instincts when he needed to, which left space in behind.
Smalling – 5
No idea what he was thinking about for his second yellow card. His dismissal changed the flow and shape of the game.
Rojo – 6
Another player who worked hard in defence before he was carried off injured. Seems to be getting better in the centre back role.
Shaw – 6
A little naïve at time rushing into decisions, which left Rojo having to move over and cover.
Blind – 6
Not a pretty player to watch but he works hard and never stopped trying to be a disruptive influence against City’s attack.
Januzaj – 5
Looked up for it but it’s harsh to judge him because he was the player sacrificed following Smalling’s sending off.
Fellaini – 7
Has someone given Kevin Strootman a wig? Fellaini was one of the best players on the pitch for United. He was everywhere and worked his socks off trying to get United back into the game.
Rooney – 6
Huffed and puffed but wasn’t able to make the difference missing a great chance to get United level.
Di Maria – 7
Whenever he gets on the ball he looks like making something happen. City were clever to double up on him when United were down to ten.
Van Persie – 6
Became very isolated when United were down to ten men. He’ll have better games and was unlucky not to get better chances.
Carrick – 6
Solid considering he was thrown on to play in the middle of the back four against one of the best attacks in the league.
McNair – 5
Did a decent job. Had he shown a little more eagerness to get on the end of a Di Maria ball, it would have taken a miracle for him not to score.
Wilson – N/A
Wilson looked lively and did the City defence for pace late on as he went in behind. He may well have taken a shot had Vincent Kompany not produced a great challenge.