Which team is better, United or City All the players rated before the crunch clash
00:08 GMT, 30 April 2012
Sportsmail's Jamie Redknapp looks at the predicted line-ups for both sides before the Manchester derby and compares the two, giving each player a rating. Which side is better
Joe Hart – 9.5 / 10
The best goalkeeper in the world. Brilliant shot stopper, tremendous command of his area this season. He's amazing and will be England 'keeper for many years.
David de Gea – 7
He has improved as he comes to terms with the demands of the English game, but I still believe he is United’s weak link. This is his biggest test since coming to the club. Is he up to it
No 1: Is Joe Hart the best keeper in the world
Micah Richards – 8
City are unusual in that they rotate their full-backs. At home, Richards could get the nod ahead of Zabaleta. He's a powerhouse going forward but can tire and leave gaps behind.
Vincent Kompany – 9
Immense this season. City's leader and defensive kingpin. Needs to be on top of his game to mind Wayne Rooney. He will remember that gorgeous overhead kick from last year.
Joleon Lescott – 8
He has improved beyond belief to emerge as an excellent defender, helped by his partnership with Kompany. He has consistently delivered a high level of performance.
Gael Clichy – 7
Sweet pass for Aguero at Wolves showed what he can do. City could prefer Kolarov for his dead-ball skill but it's an area where United will try to get in behind.
Kingpin: Vincent Kompany is the key player in the City defence
Phil Jones – 8
Made a dynamic start but like all young players has suffered a dip in form. Can be a future England captain. Versatile defender/ midfielder but City will look to exploit him at full back.
Rio Ferdinand – 8.5
He's been one of the best defenders in England and has had a very good season, playing more than anyone expected. He will have his hands full tonight with Aguero and Tevez.
Chris Smalling – 7.5
Good defender but will be rusty after returning from injury. Set to stand in for Jonny Evans, who has a bruised foot. This will be a big test; City's little forwards will be in and around him.
Patrice Evra – 8
This will not be a defensive masterclass from any of the full-backs, who all play like frustrated wingers. We can focus on what he can't do but Evra is a huge weapon for United going forward.
Huge weapon: Patric Evra likes to go forward
Gareth Barry – 7.5
Very similar to Michael Carrick. He puts out fires and his job will be to stop Rooney from running the game. He needs to play well in what will be a big test of his concentration.
Yaya Toure – 9
When he accelerates, it is like a juggernaut running at you. He has had a massive season, with a small blip post-Africa Cup of Nations. United must stop him getting into his stride. A matchwinner.
David Silva – 9
Signs in recent games that his happy feet are back. Not in the form of his golden spell earlier in the season when he was in delicious form but he will look to get the ball and run at United.
Samir Nasri – 8
An OK season, but he came to life against Chelsea when City fell behind. Although he has been in Silva’s shadow, he picks out a lovely pass. This is a game to step up to the mark.
Rampager: Yaya Toure could shred United
Michael Carrick – 8
I really like Michael. He doesn’t get a lot of credit, but he has had as much influence on United in the second part of the season as Paul Scholes. He keeps the ball. A lovely passer.
Paul Scholes – 9
The maestro. I played with him, against him and I now love to watch him. Stand off him and he will hurt you. City have to rush him and stop him from getting his head up. Do not give him time.
Ryan Giggs – 9
It is a night when calm heads are required and, if selected, Giggs will get on the ball and pass it to his own team. Like Scholes, City will want to hurry him. or else he too can run this game.
Antonio Valencia – 9
He has a huge frame for a winger and loves to bounce full backs around and bully them. He’s having a terrific season and has become United’s Kanchelskis. A real danger for City.
The maestro: Paul Scholes can pull the strings if given time
Carlos Tevez – 8.5
This is not about judging his action earlier this season, but about judging him as a player. I’ve always liked him. He can set the tempo as he hunts the ball and can deliver devastating blows.
Sergio Aguero – 9
A brilliant first season. It looked as if he was running out of gas but then Tevez came back into the team and added petrol to the engine. Evans and Ferdinand will have a job with these two rascals.
Danger: Sergio Aguero can be lethal
Danny Welbeck – 8
I have a suspicion United might play 4-3-3, with Welbeck pushed out wide. If they play him down the middle with Rooney it will be a statement of intent. Scored terrific goals, needs to get more close-in.
Wayne Rooney – 9.5
If City could have one player, it would be Rooney. He’s the closest to a perfect 10 in this match. Looks to be loving his football and don’t tell me he plays better when angry. Calm and quality.
Perfect ten Not quite, but Wayne Rooney is the closest it gets
The result:Manchester City 92.5/110Manchester United 91.5/110