After going over a year without a derby win in the league, United did what they do best to overcome our bitterest rivals yesterday. We found ourselves 2-0 up after half an hour played and somehow let City back into the game at 2-2. Enter Robin van Persie!
The Dutchman stepped up and bent his free-kick superbly past the City wall, and replays show that it took a massive deflection off Samir Nasri but who cares?
The game was full of events, United were disallowed a perfectly good goal for offside when Ashley Young tapped home after the ball rebounded off the post following a moment of brilliance from Van Persie.
The game will be marred by the coin threw at Rio Ferdinand’s head, though, he found himself struck above the eye whilst celebrating with the United fans, leaving a cut above his left eye. It comes as no surprise as City fans were throwing coins and various items at Rooney every time he went to take a corner. It’s a disgrace really.
De Gea – The Spaniard looked strong throughout, he did extremely well from crosses and set pieces as well as making some superb saves, he has to get a run in the team now. 7/10
Rafael – He more than made up for his poor performance at Reading, he was great defensively and offensively. Setting up Rooney’s second and winning the free kick for RvP’s winner! 8/10
Evans – Evans had Balotelli in his back pocket until he was subbed off due to injury. The Irishman continues to impress. 7/10
Ferdinand – Rio provided a calmness at the back, a calmness that we haven’t seen for a while in our defence, lets hope we can push on and string together a few clean sheets. 7/10
Evra – Patrice Evra defended very well last night, he also provided an outlet going forward, captained the side and led by example. 7/10
Valencia – Tony V is back! Fergie had said he wouldn’t play because of injury, but he was back to his brilliant best running at the fullbacks. 6/10
Carrick – Carrick protected the back four superbly, he always seems to go unnoticed but the work he does helped us take all three points. 7/10
Cleverley – Cleverley wasn’t expected to play in this one, he was quick on the ball and his passing was excellent. 7/10
Young – Young has taken a lot of stick recently, and his last couple of games against Reading and City respectively he has put in a much improved performance, he provided the ball for Rooney’s first goal. 7/10
Rooney – Played out of his skin against City, again! Capped off a superb performance with 2 excellent finises. Man of the Match. 9/10
Van Persie – Scored the winner, he offers us something different in attack and is arguably the best striker in the world. 8/10
Smalling – Did well after coming on for the injured Smalling, he dealt with the threat of Aguero and Tevez well. 7/10
Jones – Revenge will be sweet for Jones, City fans mock him for what happened last season, but his presence in midfield stopped City in their tracks. 6/10
Welbeck – Only came on with a few minutes to play, but won the ball back which led to the stoppage time winner! Not enough time to mark.