Player Ratings: Man Utd 1-2 Man City

By on September 10, 2016 - 1,033 views

Manchester City won the first Manchester derby of the season with a thrilling 2-1 win at Old Trafford this afternoon.

Kevin De Bruyne gave Pep Guardiola’s side the lead 14 minutes in after racing through one-on-one following Kelechi Iheanacho’s flick-on.

The two City attackers combined again to make it 2-0 on 36 minutes.  The Belgian’s solo effort came back off the post and rebounded into the path of Iheanacho who simply tapped home into the empty net from close range.

De Bruyne put in a man of the match performance versus José Mourinho in the opposition dugout; the manager who once sold him during his time at Chelsea.

A howler from Claudio Bravo on his debut gifted United a lifeline as Zlatan Ibrahimović produced a fine finish to make it 1-2.

Both teams had chances afterwards but somehow the game would finish 2-1.

Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City:

Manchester United

David de Gea 8 – Little chance with City’s two goals but did make some good stops and collect some crosses to keep his side int the game.

Antonio Valencia 6 – Caught out of position very often and also spotted with his hands on his hips at times such did the right-back bomb back and forward.  Did make some good tackles and blocks when he was in position it’s worth noting.

Eric Bailly 4 – Didn’t challenge Kelechi Iheanacho for the opening goal as the Nigerian was free to flick on Aleksandar’s long ball to put Kevin De Bruyne in one-on-one.  Positioning was poor on a few occasions.  Was absolutely shattered in the end.

Daley Blind 4 – Atrocious defending allowed De Bruyne one-on-one to open the scoring on 14 minutes.  United’s defence got pulled apart tie and time again.

Luke Shaw 7 – Question marks over his positioning early on but was sound after that.  City’s attacks were mainly down the opposite flank and centre though.

Marouane Fellaini 6 – Couldn’t break up Manchester City’s possession in the opening half hour but did some key interceptions and challenges in and around his own penalty area to help break up attacks.

Paul Pogba 7 – Looked isolated in the middle at times but did drive forward with and without the ball.  Certainly looked very determined to get an equaliser late on but the ball just wouldn’t break for the French international around the six-yard box.  Didn’t work hard enough defensively.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 3 – Poor start to his Manchester United career as Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s poor first start saw him replaced at half-time.  The arrival from Borussia Dortmund over the summer conceded possession inside his own half, didn’t close down the opposition quick enough and wasted a couple of counter-attack opportunities by failing to pick out a teammate.

Wayne Rooney 4 – Woeful first half and sloppy game.  Should have been booked a lot earlier than he was and some may say he could have easily received two yellow cards throughout the game.

Jesse Lingard 2 – Sloppy start with two shocking touches to allow simple passes to go out for Manchester City throws.  Had 13 touches overall, never got into the game and was replaced at half-time.

Zlatan Ibrahimović 7 – Some nice hold up play but his layoffs and passing was woeful in the first half.  Then scored with a superb finish after Claudio Bravo spilled Wayne Rooney’s set piece cross.  The Swede then had a header from a narrow angle comfortable saved in first half stoppage time and should have scored with the last chance of the first 45 minutes but for scuffing his left-foot effort with only John Stones to beat.  Had five chances in a six-minute spell either side of half-time, excluding stoppage time.


Ander Herrera (45 mins) 6 – United looked better in the second half as Ander Herrera played numerous balls in the opposition half and broke up the opposition play with some good reading of the game.

Marcus Rashford (45 mins) 6 – Made an instant impact in the second half and unlucky not to be involved in a goal.  Gave United a more dynamic attack in the second half.

Anthony Martial (10 mins) N/A – Late substitute who didn’t get a chance to make an impact.

Manchester City

Claudio Bravo 3 – Howler in his first involvement five minutes before half-time as he spilled a simple cross that set up a fine finish from Zlatan Ibrahimović to give United a lifeline just before half-time.  Was then out of position in first-half stoppage time and was grateful the Swedish didn’t connect properly with his opportunity.

Bacary Sagna 7 – Comfortable game at right-back as Jesse Lingard barely got a touch of the ball down the left wing in his 45 minutes.  Luke Shaw didn’t prove much of a threat either.

John Stones 8 – Good positioning to clear an effort off the line at the end of the first half.  Made numerous clearances in the second half as Manchester City were holding on at times.  United didn’t get many clear-cut chances.

Nicolás Otamendi 8 – Sold defensive performance from the Argentine.  Most of Ibrahimović’s efforts were from long range.

Aleksandar Kolarov 8 – Some good defending down the left-hand side to prevent Antonio Valencia or Henrikh Mkhitaryan causing any problems.  Also offered good support going forward in the opening half hour when City saw much of the possession and territory.

Fernandinho 9 – Solid defensive performance in front of his back four with a notable interception to deny Wayne Rooney a close-range header in the closing minutes.  Also had a couple of efforts on target himself and created the odd chance.

Raheem Sterling 4 – Another quiet game on the big occasion as Raheem Sterling hardly got in the game and when he did was often conceding possession.

Kevin De Bruyne 10 – Some excellent movement from the start caused Manchester United’s defence some problems.  Opened the scoring one-on-one by giving David de Gea the eyes.  Later his fine solo effort came back off the post to set up a tap-in for Kelechi Iheanacho inside the six-yard box to make it 2-0.  Went a little quiet after that as City were on the back foot at times but still managed to hit the inside of the post.

David Silva 7 – Made some lovely touches and played some lovely passes in the game as the Spaniard played a smart game in the central position.  Didn’t create much though and was booked for a nasty tackle on Antonio Valencia.

Nolito 6 – Two poor finishes and wasn’t a huge part of City’s threatening attacks.  Good pressure on the United defence when out of possession to win the ball back for his side in the opposition half.

Kelechi Iheanacho 8 – Assisted City’s opener with a flick-on and was on hand to tap home the second from close range after De Bruyne’s low effort came back off the post.  Was taken off early in the second half for Fernando as Manchester United opened the second half on the front foot.  Was certainly missing at times when City had 5-on-4 and 3-on-3 counter-attacks.


Fernando (38 mins) N/A – Manchester City started to get more control of the game in the second half after Fernando’s introduction following United’s blistering start after the break.

Leroy Sané (31 mins) N/A – The young German didn’t offer much in 30 minutes on his debut.  Had the ball in good space down the right wing on a couple of occasions but didn’t make much use of it other than creating a chance for De Bruyne.

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