Player Ratings: Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United

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Player Ratings: Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United

Result

A pulsating 90 minutes of action in the latest iteration of the Manchester Derby was brought to a close a short time ago.

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With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw all last-minute scratches from the visiting Man United squad, a comfortable evening’s work for Pep Guardiola’s Premier League table-toppers was widely predicted ahead of kick-off.

And, when all was said and done, this is precisely what played out…

Though visitors United did manage to keep themselves in contention for a share of the spoils though the midway point of the 2nd-half, quality, in the end, proved telling.

Kevin De Bruyne’s double being added to by a brace of his own on the part of Riyad Mahrez late on ensured that Jadon Sancho’s lone strike against his former side proved little more than a consolation, en route to a 4-1 final scoreline at the Etihad.

Player Ratings

Manchester City:

Ederson – 5.5 – Could do little about Sancho’s fine finish for Manchester United’s lone goal of the day, but did superbly to keep Fred out not long before. A comfortable evening’s work for City’s no.1.

Kyle Walker – 6 – A predictably solid showing from Pep Guardiola’s reliable right-full. Walker remains the consummate professional on the pitch, and could have had a late assist if not for the efforts of David de Gea.

John Stones – 6 – Looked a touch shaky to open proceedings, but grew into the game as the evening wore on. A crucial block from Alex Telles’ goal-bound effort early on too proved crucial.

Aymeric Laporte – 5.5 – Like his central-defensive partner, a solid if unspectacular derby outing. Perhaps surrendered possession on a few occasions more than he would have liked, owing to misplaced passes.

Joao Cancelo – 6.5 – City’s Portuguese technician was at it again on Sunday, shining in his endeavours on both sides of the ball amid a fine all-round display. Even came close to adding some gloss to the scoreline late on by means of an audacious volley from the edge of the area.

Rodri – 6 – A quiet outing for the Sky Blues’ man in the middle, who

Kevin De Bruyne – 9 – The difference-maker. A direct hand in all three goals provided a timely reminder to any doubters that, on his day, City’s Belgian midfield maestro remains one of the best in world football.

Bernardo Silva – 7.5 –  A masterful showing from    Defensive work often goes unappreciated too

Jack Grealish – 7.5 – A glimpse at the Jack Grealish of old. Progressive, full of intent and a nightmare to deal with for Manchester United throughout the 90 minutes. Real positive signs for the English international’s City stint moving forward.

Riyad Mahrez – 8 – Was actually kept largely in check over the course of the first-half, forcing just a solitary save from David de Gea. Exploded into life late on, though, first putting the hosts out of sight courtesy of a sumptuous half volley, before capping off a fine evening all round with an injury-time 2nd.

Phil Foden – 6.5 – The quietest of Manchester City’s attackers on the day, but nevertheless came close to adding his name to the scoresheet on more than one occasion. Kept the away side’s two centre-halves busy throughout.

Ilkay Gundogan – 6 – Given little time to make any sort of telling impact on proceedings, but nevertheless managed to bag a classy assist for Riyad Mahrez’s result-clinching strike.

Player Ratings: Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United

Manchester City players wear t shirts with Ukraine flags in solidarity before the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Sunday March 6, 2022. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

Manchester United:

David de Gea – 5.5 – Could not really be blamed for any of the goals he conceded, and even produced crucial saves from the likes of Foden, Mahrez and Cancelo to prevent the scoreline becoming a frankly embarrassing one.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 3.5 – The less said about Wan-Bissaka’s form at this moment in time the better. Appears to be lacking in confidence on both sides of the ball, and was given the runaround by the likes of Grealish and Silva throughout.

Victor Lindelof – 4 – Dragged out of position on one too many occasions by City’s dancing frontline. Not the worst of Ralf Rangnick’s backline on the day, but not exactly inspiring confidence, either…

Harry Maguire – 3.5 – Another rough evening for Manchester United’s captain, who just can’t seem to find his feet at present. Stepped over the ball en route to City’s 2nd of the clash, and saw a deflected off his right leg leave de Gea with no chance to keep out Mahrez’s first, too.

Alex Telles – 4.5 – Actually enjoyed a decent first-half, during which he kept the dangerous Mahrez largely quiet. The second proved a different story, though. Saw his attempt to play Mahrez offside in the dying embers of the game lead directly to the home side’s 4th.

Scott McTominay – 4.5 – Worked hard, as per, but simply couldn’t come to grips with the quality boasted across the opposing midfield.

Fred – 5 – Enjoyed a lively opening to the exchanges, going close to finding the net courtesy of some impressive footwork. Continued to showcase encouraging si

Paul Pogba – 5.5 – Hooked just beyond the hour mark as he struggled to truly make his mark on proceedings. Did bag the assist for United’s solitary goal, though, amongst either fleeting moments of rare quality on the part of the Red Devils.

Bruno Fernandes – 4.5 – The sooner Bruno comes to terms with the fact that moaning and play-acting won’t get him far in the English game, the better. Was actually at the heart of some of the more intricate football played by United inside the opening 20 minutes or so, but ultimately faded into the background. Continues to surrender possession too easily, too.

Anthony Elanga – 4.5 – Man United’s up-and-coming wide-man was afforded a timely reminder of just the kind of level he will need to reach to establish himself at the very top of the game this evening. Simply outplayed by Joao Cancelo.

Jadon Sancho – 5.5 – The scorer of Manchester United’s consolation, courtesy of a moment of individual brilliance. Sancho did his part on Sunday, looking neat and tidy in possession, too.

Marcus Rashford – 5.5 – Looked lively if nothing else after his introduction just past the hour mark, but ultimately could do little up against a rampant City outfit.

Jesse Lingard – Anonymous for the most part, Lingard was handed something of a thankless task in attempting to add some spark to a flat Red Devils attack.

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The Premier League table as it stands

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Manchester City 27 21 3 3 64 17 47 66
2 Liverpool FC 27 19 6 2 71 20 51 63
3 Chelsea FC 26 15 8 3 53 18 35 53
4 Manchester United 27 13 8 6 44 34 10 47
5 West Ham United 28 13 6 9 46 35 11 45
6 Arsenal FC 24 14 3 7 38 27 11 45
7 Tottenham Hotspur 25 13 3 9 35 32 3 42
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 12 4 11 24 23 1 40
9 Southampton FC 27 8 11 8 34 41 -7 35
10 Crystal Palace 28 7 12 9 39 38 1 33
11 Aston Villa 26 10 3 13 37 37 0 33
12 Leicester City 25 9 6 10 40 43 -3 33
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 7 12 8 26 32 -6 33
14 Newcastle United 26 6 10 10 30 46 -16 28
15 Brentford FC 28 7 6 15 30 45 -15 27
16 Leeds United 27 5 8 14 29 61 -32 23
17 Everton FC 24 6 4 14 28 41 -13 22
18 Burnley FC 26 3 12 11 22 36 -14 21
19 Watford FC 26 5 4 17 25 47 -22 19
20 Norwich City 27 4 5 18 16 58 -42 17

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