Wednesday 26 April 2017

"Anonymous" Wayne Rooney won't want to see these ratings from today's Manchester Derby

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney applauds the fans after the final whistle of the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney applauds the fans after the final whistle of the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester

It was honours even in a a rather dull Manchester derby at Old Trafford today. Here is how the players rated.


David de Gea: One of his quietest afternoons for United. 6/10

Antonio Valencia: Did enough to justify his selection ahead of Matteo Darmian. 6

Phil Jones: Put in a crucial block on Raheem Sterling in the 11th minute. Had a brief wobble later in the first half, needlessly heading the ball behind for a corner. 6

Chris Smalling: The more composed of the two United centre-halves. 7

Marcos Rojo: Arguably his best performance in a United shirt. Kept Kevin De Bruyne quiet. 8


Bastian Schweinsteiger: Had little impact on the game. 6

Morgan Schneiderlin: Far more adept at turning defence into attack. 7

Juan Mata: Once again looked out of position on the right. 6

Ander Herrera: Failed to repeat his top-drawer performance against Everton last week. 6


Anthony Martial: By far United's biggest threat. His pace and trickery caused City problems all day. 8

Wayne Rooney: Anonymous. A quiet game by his high standards. 4


Jesse Lingard (for Mata, 66): Almost grabbed a winner with fine volley against the bar. 7

Marouane Fellaini (for Schweinsteiger, 75): The star of last year's derby also failed to alter the outcome of the game. 6

Matteo Darmian (for Valencia, 81): A late injury replacement. 6



Joe Hart: Had little to do until the latter stages when he showed he was alert with a fine save from Smalling. 7

Bacary Sagna: A solid performance almost entirely focused on defensive duties. 6

Nicolas Otamendi: Justified his selection with a series of timely interceptions in the second half. 7

Vincent Kompany: City looked much more composed with their dependable captain back in their defence. 7

Aleksandar Kolarov: Not his usual rampaging self down the left flank but did all expected of him defensively. 6


Fernando: Gave the back for protection by breaking up some of United's play. 6

Fernandinho: Provided solidity and looked to spark some attacking moves. 7

Kevin De Bruyne: Looked a frustrated figure as United, and especially Rojo, refused to let him through. 5

Yaya Toure: Made some good early runs but spurned a good chance and faded as the game went on. 5

Raheem Sterling: Looked lively early on but his efforts lacked end product and he was then closed out of the game. 5

Wilfried Bony: Did not get a chance in front of goal but some of his hold-up play was good. 6


Jesus Navas (for Sterling, 55): Gave City fresh legs but was unable to make the difference. 5

Martin Demichelis (for Toure, 77): Defensive change late in the game as City seemed to settle for a point. 6

Kelechi Iheanacho (for Bony, 83): Late change up front but did not get much opportunity. 5

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