Player ratings: Manchester City v Manchester United
Hart – United’s two shots of menace were straight at him. Elsewhere Joe’s handling was sound and he remained in control of his area throughout. 7
Boateng (Kolarov 81mins) – Looking increasingly at home in the Premier League. Nothing spectacular from Jerome, but this was his soundest defensive performance so far. Error free. 7
K Toure – Another solid game, positionally excellent and always tracking the movement of the United players. Great to see him back to his best. 8
Kompany – Led the unbreakable barrier on the edge of our penalty area. Berbatov and co were never able to get beyond big Vince. A key player in another clean sheet. 8
Zabaleta – Demonstrated once again that defensively Pablo is our best full-back. That’s why Mancini picks him, even on his wrong side. United’s most creative player, Nani, never got a look-in as Pablo kept tight and never gave an inch. 8
Milner (Johnson 72mins) – No doubt selected for his ability to help the side retain it’s defensive shape. He did this effectively, but lacked a spark creatively. With Tevez as a lone striker, crosses have to pick him out rather than simply be hit into a space. 6
De Jong – Patrolled the area in front of the back four superbly, particularly in the latter stages when United pushed players forward. United knocked the ball around in front of him, but never found a way through him. 7
Barry – Made to look one-paced by United’s midfield movement. Barry kept plugging away and put in a reasonable performance that was just about good enough to help us secure a point. 6
Y Toure – Several runs threatened danger before they hit Vidic and co. Otherwise the lumbering gait was frustrating to behold, particularly when United were on the break. Looked jaded at playing two games in such a short space of time. 6
Silva – Lacked the sharpness of his recent performances. A real pity as we needed it more than ever if we were to make a breakthrough. The absence of Balotelli and Adam Johnson placed too much emphasis on Silva to unlock the United defence. 6
Tevez (Adebayor 90+3mins) – A stirling attempt to take the fight to United. Needed more support if he was ever going to get the better of Vidic and Ferdinand. Probably not fully fit but Carlos didn’t let it show. 7
Johnson – Brought on to give an extra edge to our attacking. Adam had a couple of threatening runs but didn’t see enough of the ball. 6
Kolarov – His eagerness to get forward brought a welcome extra dimension to our attacking. His lack of sharpness was a defensive concern that was, thankfully, rarely tested. 6
Adebayor – The briefest of brief appearances. Barely time to run on.
Man of the match: Vincent Kompany.