Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City


Manchester United

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David De Gea: 7 – Could not do much about the goals and made some key saves in the second half to keep his team in the contest.

Antonio Valencia: 7.5 – One of United’s best players in a difficult game. He did well to nullify the threat of Nolito for the most part and continues to look comfortable playing at right back.

Eric Bailly: 5.5 – The first game where Bailly has really struggled in a United shirt. Up against a big team he looked nervous, too easily beaten in the air for City’s first and a few bad challenges saw him pick up a yellow.

Daley Blind: 6 – Slightly better than Bailly but also looked uncomfortable for the most part and was to blame for De Bruyne’s goal perhaps. He did however make a few (3) tackles.

Luke Shaw: 6.5 – Spent too much time defending because of City’s dominance and that meant his attacking influence was limited.

Marouane Fellaini: 7 – One of United’s better players, putting in a midfield shift and helping disturb City, but ultimately struggled to get on the ball enough.

Paul Pogba: 6 – Poor game from the Frenchman, he really struggled to get into the game and considering the money United paid, he needs to turn up in the big games in the future.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 5 – Maybe this was why Mourinho hasn’t been starting him. The Armenian looked really out of sorts and was substituted at half time after failing to make any sort of positive impact.

Jese Lingard: 5 – Much like Mkhitaryan, Lingard struggled to make any kind of impact at all. Granted he struggled to because City had the ball for so long, but he needs to do more. I’m sure Martial will be back in in the next game.

Wayne Rooney: 6.5 – Really struggled in the first half as City dominated proceedings, but he grew into the game in the second half as United started to get more chances.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 7.5 – What a signing. He is incredibly lethal and took his only real chance of the game with a good volley. He was a handful and if United had more of the ball I’m sure he would have caused even more problems for City.


Marcus Rashford: 6.5 – A lot better than Lingard but still struggled with the final ball.
Ander Herrera: 7 – Helped United take more control in the game coming on for the invisible Mkhitaryan.
Anthony Martial – 6

Manchester City

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Claudio Bravo: 5 – Woops. With all eyes on new boy Bravo between the sticks, he made a serious error for the Manchester United goal and looked uncomfortable throughout from corners and crosses as the South American keeper attempted to adapt to a new style of football in England. Amazingly his distrbution was one of the things to let him down. Needs work.

Bacary Sagna: 6 – Rarely tested as Lingard struggled to get on the ball. Looked a little uncomfortable once Rashford replaced Lingard though.

Nicolas Otamendi: 8 – Terrific from Otamendi. We are starting to see why City paid so much money to bring him to England. Completing 91% of his passes and shutting out United on several occasions, winning 5 tackles and 4 aerial duels. Otamendi comes close to MOTM with his performance.

John Stones: 6.5 – Not nearly as tidy in possession as his defensive partner, Stones only completed 76% of his passes. Still, he was pretty solid and was up against one of the best strikers in the league in Zlatan. He continues to learn and improve under Pep.

Aleksandr Kolarov: 6.5 – Decent performance from Kolarov, who seems a favourite of Pep’s. Trusted on the ball a lot and looked solid defensively.

Fernandinho: 7.5 – Looks great in Pep’s system. He does all the defensive work in midfield and that allows for City to play with two attacking midfielders alongside in Silva and KDB.

David Silva: 7 – Not the best we’ve seen from Silva, as he handed the limelight to KDB, but ultimately he helped City dictate the game in Manchester United’s half for much of the 90.

Kevin De Bruyne: 8.5 – KDB had struggled to make his impact under Pep so far, but today he really announced himself. Not only the goal, but he played incredibly well in midfield, running the show. The sides primary playmaker on the day managed a massive 6 shots.

Raheem Sterling: 6.5 – Not his best game by any means, Sterling struggled to make an impact as Shaw was defensively sound.

Kelechi Iheanacho: 7 – Continued his incredible goalscoring record at City with what turned out to be a vital goal. Not an extraordinary performance but ultimately, he gets in the right place at the right time.

Nolito: 6.5 – Apart from the early stages, Nolito struggled to make an impact as Valencia did a good job of keeping him quiet.


Fernando: 6
Leroy Sane: 6
Pablo Zabaleta: 6