Player ratings: Kompany classic

Vincent Kompany was head and shoulders above the rest as he led Manchester City to victory against Manchester United – and top spot in the Premier League.


Manchester City – 7/10

GK – Joe Hart (6) Did not have an awful lot to do, but was mostly solid apart from one flappy moment later on.

DR – Pablo Zabaleta (7) Always there and strong in the tackle, the Argentine had a fine game as Micah Richards was rested after recovering from injury.

DL – Gael Clichy (7) Like Zabaleta was solid defensively, but showed some attacking ability and almost scored a rare late goal.

DC – Vincent Kompany (8) The City skipper was a colossus at the back, restricting United to zero shots on target and scoring a towering header. Clear man of the match.

DC – Joleon Lescott (7) Did not put a foot wrong alongside Kompany as Wayne Rooney was left chasing shadows

MR – Samir Nasri (7) Showed great composure and technique throughout, a calming presence as City wound down the clock too.

ML – David Silva (6) A quiet game by his precocious standards but looked lively with his dribbling and running

MC – Yaya Toure (8) A monster in midfield as Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick struggled to impose themselves on the game. Did well going forward too.

MC – Gareth Barry (6) Kept it simple and held his lines well, with Toure given the freer role of the two. Hardly broke a sweat.

FC – Carlos Tevez (6) Buzzed about energetically enough but was mostly contained by United in what was not a classic for the forwards.

FC – Sergio Aguero (6) With dad-in-law Diego Maradona watching on, he tried gamely to impress but his shots were mostly off target. A few quality touches though.

Subs: James Milner (6), Nigel de Jong (6), Micah Richards (7)

Manchester United – 5/10

GK – David De Gea (6) No major errors and a few decent stops, but looks scared of set pieces and should have come up for a late corner.

DR – Phil Jones (5) Like most of his team-mates, had a poor game and still has a lot of work to do if he is to live up to his price tag.

DL – Patrice Evra 6) Was one of United’s better players, putting in some strong tackles and bounding down the left, but to little avail.

DC – Chris Smalling (5) Was at fault for losing Kompany for the goal and never fully recovered.

DC – Rio Ferdinand (6) Looked unflustered under pressure but his best days are behind him, particularly at the highest level.

MR – Nani (6) Tried his best and provided a decent threat from wide but struggled to find space.

ML – Ryan Giggs (5) Not his best game of recent months, could not get past Zabaleta with enough frequency, his lack of delivery leaving Rooney isolated.

MC – Park Ji-sung (5) A surprise starter and did nothing to justify his inclusion ahead of Antonio Valencia. Was poor and offered little.

MC – Paul Scholes (5) His return was heralded as the spark that reignited United’s season but he was not as effective here as he has been.

MC – Michael Carrick (5) Constantly caught in possession, weak in the tackle and lost his cool late on. Sorely exposed.

FC – Wayne Rooney (5) Was isolated by a lack of decent service but failed in his usual ploy to drop deep in an attempt to influence the play.

Subs: Danny Welbeck (6), Antonio Valencia (6), Ashley Young (6)

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