MAN CITY 1 – 0 Man Utd – PLAYER RATINGS

18 Apr

Hart – Magnificent. His save to deny Berbatov kept us in the game when all expected the net to bulge. Stop to keep out Nani’s freekick was just as good. We needed him to have a good game, and boy did he produce – 9

Zabaleta – First game back after weeks out and initially looked rusty. Nani caused him a few problems but he soon found his tackling range. Outstanding in second half – few players could have carried on after being victim to that Scholes ‘tackle’ – 8

Kompany – Just continued what he’s done for us throughout the year. I saw it nearly every game, but he was a rock at the back, winning headers, tackles and everything that came in his way. And it was nice to see him as the captain – it should be permanently given to him – 9

Lescott – Started nervously but grew into the game quickly. Covered well when Kolarov went forward and handled Berbatov and then Hernandez with relative ease – 7.5

Kolarov – Identified by every City fan as the weak link before the match, thankfully he had one of his better showings. Started very poorly, gifting possession away time after time, but like Lescott, began to impose himself. Offered us a good attacking option down the left, but he did his main job, which was to keep Valencia quiet – 7.5

De Jong – Typical NDJ. The heartbeat of the side, someone who we should build team around. Was an absolute Trojan in midfield, winning the ball and keeping it on so many occasions. I’m pleased for him that we won – he deserved it – 9

Barry – Worked his socks off in the centre of the park, showing bite in the tackles and offering us a calm, experienced head. I’ve criticised him in the past and don’t think he’s good enough for the future, but he was fantastic on Saturday. Remember, it was him charging down Van Der Sar that lead to the goal – 8

Y. Touré – Great to see a player I’ve always rated score! Brilliant. No other way to describe him. Worked as hard as we’ve ever seen, linked up really well with Balotelli and the large Wembley pitch gave him more space to go on his runs. But it’s games like this which make Yaya so frustrating. He’s got the talent, but why can he only produce it a handful of times a season – 9

A. Johnson – Started brightly enough but faded very quickly. Tracked back well and did a job of keeping Evra quiet, but offered little going forward. The theory still remains that he’s an impact sub, not a consistent starter – 6

Silva – Magical. I don’t need to keep repeating this, but he makes us play. Gets the ball down, creates angles, keeps possession and looks threatening. A joy to watch – 8

Balotelli – Mario Balotelli. A pure entertainer. Thought he was fantastic on Saturday, really enjoyed the responsibility of being the lone striker. The weight of his passing was perfect for his teammates, as was the timing – he didn’t keep the ball too long, releasing it at the right moment. Worked the channels, stretching Vidic and Ferdinand and put himself about. One sizzling shot, one cheeky wink and one very happy Balotelli – 8

Subs

SWP – If only he could cross a ball! Not on for long but caused Evra problems – 7

Vieira – Think Mancini would have been slated for taking off Silva had it gone to extra-time, but Vieira did his job of shoring up the midfield – No time to mark

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4 Responses to “MAN CITY 1 – 0 Man Utd – PLAYER RATINGS”

  1. Siamack 18/04/2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Well done lads, great performance and great result. FA CUP is just one game away and fourth spot only a few games away. I, like most City fan, know for sure that you can make it happen. Make us proud as you did on Sunday.

    I can not agree with you more that Kompany should retain the captaincy.

  2. Citysince77 18/04/2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Joe proved he was the best young keeper in europe.9 Kolarov proved me and a lot of people wrong.8
    Lescott overcame a shaky period and came good.8
    Zabaleta did the same but more than came good.8.5
    Kompany = defender I’ve always wanted to see at City.9
    Barry can look mediocre but was anything but.8
    Johnson was not at his marauding best, but still good.7.5
    Silva was the man responsible for wearing them down.8
    De Jong = midfielder I’ve always wanted to see at City.9
    Toure was the outstanding player I knew he could be.9.5
    Balotelli got up their nose and showed his talent to us.8
    Mancini changed the tactics and won us the game.10
    Fans played a blinder and made Wembley shake. Awesome.10

  3. Ive just sold a car furr deeal 18/04/2011 at 9:26 pm #

    I thought Balotelli was a “hot head”, but he wound up camelmouth with a wink, then stayed as cool as a cucumber while the utd players all earned themselves retrospective red cards.

    I don’t use the word “hero” lightly. But I think Mario is the greatest hero in british history.

  4. CanTheyScore 18/04/2011 at 9:55 pm #

    WOW! What an average mark haha

    Hart, Kompany & Yaya regrettably magnificent

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