Player-by-player review by Steve Bartram...
Anders Lindegaard: The Dane enjoyed a mixed game, making a magnificent early save from Aguero but then spilling the Argentine's shot for City's second goal.
Phil Jones: Took an early clattering from Smalling and seemed slightly shaken thereafter. Made a few errors in possession but his energy up and down the right flank was vital.
Rio Ferdinand: The veteran defender was given a rough ride by the impressive Sergio Aguero, but made some vital interceptions, especially late on when they were needed most.
Chris Smalling: A welcome return after a bout of tonsillitis, and linked up well with Ferdinand. Looked calm and composed for the most part, and will now hope for a run of fitness to nail down a starting berth.
Patrice Evra: The skipper led by example by throwing himself into challenges and charging forward in support of Nani wherever possible.
Antonio Valencia: The Ecuadorian dominated Aleksander Kolarov down their flank, flinging in a brilliant cross for Rooney's opener. Somehow referee Foy declined to award Valencia a second-half penalty after his marker's blatant foul.
Michael Carrick: Once again, the cool, collected head in the centre of midfield. Kept possession at key times and dictated the Reds' attacking tempo in tandem with Giggs.
Ryan Giggs: Another eye-catching outing for the Manchester derby's most experienced player. Popped passes about and used his mobility and