Player Ratings: West Ham 0-5 Man City
Manchester City were impressive in the first game of their Premier League title defence with a 5-0 thrashing of West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring midway through the first half before Raheem Sterling scored a hattrick after the break. Substitute Sergio Agüero also scored from the penalty spot.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from West Ham United 0-5 Manchester City:
West Ham United
Łukasz Fabiański 4 – Wasn’t given much of a chance with Manchester City’s five games.
Ryan Fredericks 3 – Feared for Ryan Fredericks when I saw his name in the starting lineup and Raheem Sterling tore the right-back apart with his movement.
Issa Diop 4 – The West Ham defence did little to protect Fabiański in goal. Gabriel Jesus may have not had many touches but he was still able to score the first goal. City had a lot of success with through balls down the middle, particularly on the counter-attack.
Fabián Balbuena 4 – The Paraguayan centre-back failed to deal with the pace and movement of the City attack.
Aaron Cresswell 3 – Riyad Mahrez destroyed Aaron Cresswell when cutting in from the right.
Declan Rice 4 – Manchester City had great success with through balls from the middle of the park as they tore open West Ham on the counter-attack.
Jack Wilshere 5 – Energetic first half performance but went off early in the second half with an apparent injury.
Felipe Anderson 4 – Never got going down the right wing despite being up against Oleksandr Zinchenko. Felipe Anderson limped off just after the hour.
Manuel Lanzini 6 – Saw a lot of the ball but couldn’t do much with it in the number 10 role.
Michail Antonio 6 – Won his fair share of aerial duels but not much of a threat. Replaced at half-time with an injury.
Sébastien Haller 6 – Decent at holding the ball up and bringing teammates into play in the first half but saw little of the ball in the second half and had no chances in 90 minutes.
Pablo Fornals (45 mins) 4 – Couldn’t get into the game as Manchester City controlled the game in the second half.
Robert Snodgrass (36 mins) N/A – His few touches were in the middle of the park as Robert Snograss saw little possession in the final third.
Javier Hernández (26 mins) N/A – Saw a tame header saved by Ederson and barely touched the ball again.
Ederson 7 – The Braziliam goalkeeper didn’t have any work to do in the opening 70 minutes Manchester City’s first game of their Premier League title defence. Made a fine double save to maintain their 2-0 lead in the final 20 minutes.
Kyle Walker 9 – Good movement and cutback down the right for City’s opener. Comfortable defensively against both Michail Antonio and Pablo Fornals.
John Stones 7 – No real supply to Sébastien Haller, who often had to drop deep with his back to goal to get into the game. A straightforward afternoon for Pep Guardiola’s back four.
Aymeric Laporte 8 – Won his fair share of aerial battles as West Ham offered little threat up front.
Oleksandr Zinchenko 7 – Kept Felipe Anderson in check when West Ham tried to attack down the right. Oleksandr Zinchenko offered width down the left but his most notable contribution was firing a shot over from 20 yards at the start of the second half.
Rodri 8 – Made a couple of of tackles and was sensible when in possession. A good start to his Manchester City career. Will be interesting to see if he can keep his place in the starting lineup when Fernandinho is available.
Kevin De Bruyne 9 – An excellent display of his passing ability in the middle of the park, including the assist for City’s second. Kevin De Bruyne also showed his work rate off the ball by winning possession back for his side a number of times.
David Silva 7 – Made some nice runs with the ball. David Silva was excellent in possession and starting attacks.
Riyad Mahrez 8 – Was a real threat down the right wing and may feel he should have opened the scoring when he fired into the side netting midway through the first half. Nice assist for City’s third.
Gabriel Jesus 8 – Excellent finish for the opening goal after Kyle Walker’s cross took a deflection. Had a second ruled out for Sterling being fractionally offside in the build up.
Raheem Sterling 10 – Hattrick for the England star who was constantly threatening down the left wing with his movement and runs off the ball.
Sergio Agüero (23 mins) N/A – Manchester CIty’s all-time top scorer barely touched the ball in his late run out. The Argentine saw a penalty saved before it was ordered to be retaken. No mistake at the second attempt.
İlkay Gündoğan (13 mins) N/A – A late run out for the German midfielder.
Phil Foden (12 mins) N/A – The youngster got a few minutes on the pitch in place of David Silva.