Thursday 19 October 2017

Player ratings: Nobody comes out looking good after a poor Manchester derby

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Andre Herrera of Manchester United and Fernandinho of Manchester City disagree during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on April 27, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Andre Herrera of Manchester United and Fernandinho of Manchester City disagree during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on April 27, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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Here is how the players rated after tonight's 0-0 draw in the Manchester derby.

MANCHESTER CITY

CLAUDIO BRAVO: His presence remains a talking point and he gifted Henrikh Mkhitaryan an early chance, but he had little to do until leaving the field injured. 5

PABLO ZABALETA: Returned at right-back with the Jesus Navas experiment apparently ended and gave a solid performance. 6

NICOLAS OTAMENDI: Needed to be alert and time his tackles well as Marcus Rashford's pace troubled him. 6

VINCENT KOMPANY: Commanding at calm at the back, City have looked more composed since he returned to the team. 7

ALEKSANDAR KOLAROV: Provided a good attacking option on the left, making some good crosses and not afraid to shoot. 6

FERNANDINHO: Provided good back-up to the powerful Yaya Toure, although not all of his challenges were well timed. 6

YAYA TOURE: Controlled the midfield for most of the game and exerted a huge influence. 8

RAHEEM STERLING: Threatened United with his pace but was unable to make the most of any openings. 7

KEVIN DE BRUYNE: Showed some nice touches and good vision but lacked the mastery of the absent David Silva. 6

LEROY SANE: Showed flashes of the skills that have troubled many sides in recent months, but United largely kept him quiet.

SERGIO AGUERO: Had some good chances, many of them fashioned himself as he adopted a shoot-on-sight policy, but had no luck. 6

SUBSTITUTES:

WILLY CABALLERO (for Bravo, 79): Sent on through necessity and had little to do. 5

JESUS NAVAS (for Sane, 80): Gave City from fresh legs, but the opportunities did not come for him. 5

GABRIEL JESUS (for Sterling, 86): Thought he had scored the most dramatic of late winners on his return from injury, but it was disallowed. 6

 

MANCHESTER UNITED

 

DAVID DE GEA: Made one superb save from Aguero, but was not overly worked by City. 6

ANTONIO VALENCIA: Another strong showing from the one-time winger in the right-back role. 6

ERIC BAILLY: Read the game superbly and made some critical tackles and interceptions. 7

DALEY BLIND: Was given some awkward moments by Aguero, but stood up to the challenge well. 6

MATTEO DARMIAN: A quietly effective performance up against the pace and trickery of Sterling. 6

MAROUANE FELLAINI: Overshadowed by Toure in the first half and then let frustration get the better of him by headbutting Aguero to get a deserved red card. 3

MICHAEL CARRICK: Gave United some composure when they needed it after City enjoyed some positive spells. 7

ANDER HERRERA: City prevented him imposing himself as he did against Chelsea and spurned a great chance to head United in front. 6

ANTHONY MARTIAL: Found service limited as City kept United pushed back. 5

MARCUS RASHFORD: Looked dangerous in full flight, particularly when running at Otamendi, but service was in short supply. 6

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN: Also found it difficult to impress and was sacrificed soon after Fellaini's dismissal. 5

SUBSTITUTES:

JESSE LINGARD (for Martial, 80): Hopes he could make a late impact were effectively dashed when Fellaini was sent off. 6

TIM FOSU-MENSAH (for Mkhitaryan, 86): Defensive reinforcement after the sending-off of Fellaini. 5

ASHLEY YOUNG (for Rashford): Came on in injury to waste a few seconds as United held on. 5

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