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Edwin van der Sar
City may have created a few decent chances but poor finishing rather than Edwin’s brilliance kept them at bay. A quiet day for the Dutchman.
Defended well and blocked plenty of crosses, especially when up against Zabaleta in the first half. Edin Dzeko posed a different challenge later, but he coped just as admirably.
Rio might not get his place back if Smalling keeps turning in performances like this. In his first derby, Chris was rock solid – cool, calm and collected.
The big Serbian put his body on the line more than once and frustrated City’s forward with a string of timely tackles and interceptions.
Had his hands full early on as Micah Richards surged forward from right back but was never exposed or found wanting. Survived a penalty shout for handball.
Always looked to make something happen. Fizzed a few shots goalwards before sending United in front and then crossed for Rooney’s winner. Another top performance.
Not a poor display, although the Brazilian only really took the game to City in the way Sir Alex would have liked for a brief period in the first half. To his credit, though, he did put himself about.
A cool head in a crowded midfield, Scholes kept possession well and kept the ball moving. Shifted the ball wide to Nani in the build-up to United’s winner.