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Manchester City vs Manchester United, player ratings: Kevin De Bruyne off-colour but Anthony Martial delivers

Luke Edwards
·4-min read
Anthony Martial of Manchester United has a shot at goal - Andy Hooper
Anthony Martial of Manchester United has a shot at goal - Andy Hooper

Manchester United delivered their best performance of the season to win at the Etihad for the third time in four Premier League campaigns courtesy of an early Bruno Fernandes penalty and a Luke Shaw strike.

Manchester City (4-3-3)

Ederson 6

Got a hand to Fernandes penalty but could not keep it out which will have annoyed him. No chance with stopping Shaw’s shot but made a good save to deny Martial.

Joao Cancelo 5

Very lucky not to give away a second goal when he lost the ball inside his own penalty area and was out of position as Shaw ran past him for the second.

John Stones 7

Has been virtually faultless this season but like the rest of the City side he was caught cold before regaining composure, a sublime tackle on Fred a highlight. Cannot be blamed for defeat.

Ruben Dias 6

Like Stones, appeared to be a little surprised by the speed and intent of United’s attacking play and was rattled by the physicality and directness of Martial.

Oleksandr Zinchenko 6

Did not do much wrong but this was not an enjoyable evening for any City’s defensive unit.

Kevin De Bruyne 5

Looked like an imposter had stolen his shirt in the first half with poor passing and sloppy set piece. Did not get going at all and difficult to remember a worse display from City’s talisman.

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne reacts at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United  - AP
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne reacts at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United - AP

Rodri 5

Effort clipped the bar in the first hald as City pushed for an equaliser but was at fault for United’s second goal as he failed to close down Shaw. Not a good performance.

Ilkay Gundogan 7

Might have scored equaliser in the first half and was the best of the City midfielders by some distance but nothing much came off in the final third.

Riyad Mahrez 6

Has been in really good form and continued that here without being able to have the same sort of decisive impact on the game.

Gabriel Jesus 6

Gave away the penalty, bundling over Martial from behind, that forced to chase the game and you do wonder how good City will be if they sign an upgrade this summer.

Raheem Sterling 6

Seemed determined to win a personal duel with Wan-Bissaka but like the rest of City’s attacking players was not at his best, an air shot late on summing things up.

Subs: Walker for Cancelo 65, Foden for Jesus 70, Williams for Fernandes 90+3

Subs not used: Steffen, Aguero, Laporte, Bernardo, Torres, Mendy, Fernandinho.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1)

Dean Henderson 8

Did what he needed to do and is starting to look like he belongs as first choice goalkeeper. Huge throw to Shaw led to the second goal. De Gea may struggle to get back in.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7

Enjoyed his tussle with Sterling and probably ended up winning the battle to as Sterling was unable to wriggle free from him in and around the area.

Victor Lindelof 8

Like most United defenders in recent years he has has his fair share of criticism but established as Maguire’s first- choice partner for a reason. This was it.

Harry Maguire 7

Critcised by some fans for embracing England teammate Stones in the reverse fixture, the United captain was physical and confrontational throughout.

Luke Shaw 8

Had a lot of joy early on getting forward and was the surprise scorer of United goal after linking up with Rashford. Is in excellent form and this was his reward.

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Scott McTominay 7

United simply look a more solid side when he plays and was tireless in his work in front of the defence. Less impressive with ball at feet but another good display.

Fred 7

Did not find anything easy but stuck to the task of trying to fill the space City look to pass through in front of the back four. Also not so impressive when asked to pass it himself.

Daniel James 6

Quietly efficient without managing to shine at any stage. Solksjaer, though, likes his speed and his work ethic.

Bruno Fernandes 7

Hand over ears celebration after scoring suggests he has been listening to criticism he does not show up in big games.

Marcus Rashford 7

Has been struggling a little for form but was lively from the start and got a second-half assist setting up Shaw. Limped off with what looked like an ankle injury.

Anthony Martial 8

Won the penalty which gave visitors the lead and was fantastic from that moment onwards. Such an enigma. When he plays like this he looks world class. Probably should have scored though.

Subs: Greenwood for Rashford 73, Matic for Martial 88

Subs not used: Grant, Bailly, Diallo, Telles, Matic, Williams, Tuanzebe, Shoretire

Booked: Henderson, Maguire, Shaw