United’s seven derby debutants

United’s seven derby debutants
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Half of the United players involved at the Etihad Stadium – and manager Louis van Gaal – made their Manchester derby debuts in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to City. Here we run the rule over their performances

Shaw is rapidly becoming a leading Premier League full-back, strong in defence and dangerous in attack. One of the few Englishmen on the field, the summer signing looked solid at left back yet again. He was quick to close down tricky City winger Jesus Navas on a number of occasions and produced some crucial last-ditch tackles. Shaw also combined well with Angel Di Maria down United’s left, particularly in the first half and was arguably the Reds’ stand-out defender.

Rojo’s derby debut was marred by a bad-looking shoulder injury picked up on 54 minutes. He did though have an early header saved by Hart, only to see the flag up for offside. His first dual with his Argentinian compatriot Sergio Aguero came on 20 minutes, but he did well to force him wide and allow David De Gea an easy save. Rojo could have given a penalty away – and joined his partner Chris Smalling in being sent off – after a challenge on Yaya Toure in the last action of the first half, but mercifully the referee decided against it

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