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30/04/2012 21:45, Report by Adam Marshall
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Player reviews v City

We evaluate the United players' derby displays at the Etihad Stadium..

David De Gea: Could do nothing about the close-range winner from Vincent Kompany and was a virtual spectator otherwise. Made one safe catch from a Gael Clichy cross and made a late diving save to thwart the same player.

Phil Jones: Given a severe examination at right-back and was muscled off the ball by Yaya Toure on a couple of occasions but he also made fine interceptions at times. Overhit one cross when afforded a rare amount of space and was booked for a lunge on Gareth Barry but made a goal-saving tackle to deny Samir Nasri late on.

Chris Smalling: Lost Kompany for the vital goal from a corner which was a shame considering his all-round performance. Blocked a David Silva shot and made fearsome tackles on Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta. Skinned by Toure in the closing stages but deputised for Jonny Evans with a lot of heart.

Rio Ferdinand: Headed balls away all night and nodded the first corner out with determination. Showed composure to control and fire one pass wide to Nani but was caught a couple of times in the frantic finale, with one error letting in the powerhouse Toure for a chance. Handled Sergio Aguero well.

Patrice Evra: Forced a corner in the first minute and another seven minutes later and played with fire. Unable to repeat those forward forays until the closing stages but displayed courage to fly into a couple of aerial duels. Beaten by the slippery Nasri on a couple of occasions but wasn't often caught out defensively.

Ji-sung Park: A surprise choice in midfield after so long on the sidelines and he inevitably had to work hard to keep up with the pace of the game. Nonetheless, he tried to shut Toure down in midfield and made his fair share of tackles. Had a rare sight of goal for United when blazing over a Nani corner in the first half.

Michael Carrick: Probably United's best perfomer on the night. Had an early shout for a penalty when Kompany appeared to block his effort with a hand and made some smart passes forward to Wayne Rooney. Hustled the Blues impressively and

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