Stood up to everything that was thrown at him by David Silva and Carlos Tevez. Like everyone on the pitch his attacking desires were curbed somewhat, but he defended stoically.
If you were looking to pick holes you may mention two occasions where Tevez almost nicked the ball in dangerous areas. Otherwise, Rio looked calm and confident.
The Reds' skipper continues to lead by example. He won all his aerial duels and was fierce in the tackle on a night where defence was key.
James Milner never managed to get beyond the Frenchman, who also contributed to the Reds' attacks. His first-half shot was one of only a handful on target during the game.
A frustrating night by the Portuguese's recent standards. City's defenders limited Nani to the odd dribble and long-range shot, of which none had a decisive impact.
This was more like the Darren Fletcher we know and love. Worked hard all night, harrying and harassing City's midfielders. Top effort.
Like Fletcher, Carrick broke up plenty of City attacks with timely interceptions and hard-won tackles. He used the ball