Wednesday 13 December 2017

Manchester United v Manchester City player ratings

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was the star of the show in the derby
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne was the star of the show in the derby


David De Gea: Had no chance with Kevin De Bruyne or Kelechi Iheanacho's goals and produced a brilliant save to deny Fernandinho. 7

Antonio Valencia: Got involved in attack where possible, as usual, when United improved going forward. 6

Eric Bailly: No major errors - in contrast to his central defensive partner. 6

Daley Blind: Caught napping by De Bruyne as the City playmaker nipped past him to open the scoring. 5

Luke Shaw: Did not really put a foot wrong. 6

Marouane Fellaini: Seemed to be one of those outings when the Belgian was always walking on thin ice in a disciplinary sense. Booked for putting his arm on Aleksandar Kolarov, having already been involved in a flashpoint with Nolito. 6

Paul Pogba: Tried his luck with a shot early on that went over the bar but in general this was a game where the world's most expensive player did little to stand out. 6

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Deservedly replaced at half-time after failing to grasp the opportunity of his first United start. 5

Wayne Rooney: Took up various positions but spent a lot of time unable to make much of a positive contribution, with his frustration evident in some rash tackles and a minor touchline skirmish with Pep Guardiola. 6

Jesse Lingard: Struggled to make an impact and was also withdrawn at the interval. 5

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Delivered another goal to add to his tally before having the offside flag raised against him as United looked to equalise. A handful at various times for City's back-line. 7


Marcus Rashford (for Lingard): Came on at half-time and made an immediate impact, teeing up a chance for Ibrahimovic. Further pushed his claim for a place in the starting line-up. 7

Ander Herrera (for Mkhitaryan): Was part of United's improvement after the break. 6

Anthony Martial (for Shaw): A surprise omission from the first XI. Was unable to salvage anything for United after being brought on with around 10 minutes to go. 6

Manchester City

Claudio Bravo: A poor City debut for the man brought in to replace Joe Hart. His flap at a free-kick allowed Ibrahimovic to make it 2-1 and he had a number of other shaky moments - one of which might have led to a penalty on another day. 4

Bacary Sagna: Worked hard with him new roaming full-back brief. 6

John Stones: Another decent display from the England defender for the most part, although he was somewhat in Bravo's way in the incident that led to Ibrahimovic's goal. 7

Nicolas Otamendi: Impressive showing. Very solid when called upon. 7

Aleksandar Kolarov: More involved defensively than in attack and did well in that respect. 6

Kevin De Bruyne: An excellent performance that saw the Belgian notch a fine opening goal, hit the post and pose a threat throughout. 9

Fernandinho: Excellent play in midfield as ever, and almost scored in the second half. 7

David Silva: Also very good, although not quite as prominent as a playmaker as De Bruyne. 7

Raheem Sterling: Played his part in a great first-half team performance from City before coming off early in the second. 6

Nolito: Another very creditable shift from the summer signing, whose popularity among City fans continues to grow. 7

Kelechi Iheanacho: Did a decent enough job having been asked to fill the sizeable shoes of Sergio Aguero, netting City's second goal. Taken off early in the second half. 7


Fernando (for Iheanacho): Did his bit to make City more solid after United pulled a goal back. 6

Leroy Sane (for Sterling): Showed some nice touches after coming on for his City debut. 6

Pablo Zabaleta (for De Bruyne): Helped ensure City got over the line in the closing stages. 6

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