Player ratings: Man Utd 0-2 Man City

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Manchester City moved to within two points of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a 2-0 win in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford this afternoon.

An Eric Bailly own goal in the seventh minute gave Pep Guardiola’s side a deserved lead after taking the game to their rivals from the opening kickoff.

Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw both intentionally left Joao Cancelo’s cross from the edge of the area at the end of the first half which allowed Bernardo Silva to poke the ball home from a tight angle to double the Citizens’ lead.

Manchester City took their foot off the gas after the break to comfortably see out three points to move six points above Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Clean Sheets All Rounds’ player ratings from Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City are as follows:

Manchester United

David de Gea 6 – Made two fantastic saves at 0-1. Could have done better with the second goal but was overly criticised by both Gary Neville and Roy Keane on commentary.

Eric Bailly 4 – Unfortunate to score the own goal, though Harry Maguire was behind him to clear the ball if Bailly hadn’t have tried being the hero. Replaced at half-time as Solskjaer went for a more attacking second half formation.

Victor Lindelf 6 – Not at fault for either goal, City only created one chance in the middle of the penalty area.

Harry Maguire 4 – Bizarre communication with Luke Shaw for the second goal. Better communication with Bailly could have prevented the opening goal too.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka 4 – Continually backed off Manchester City players when in possession. Both assists came from his opposite number, Joao Cancelo.

Bruno Fernandes 4 – Quiet game from the playmaker, who created nothing, didn’t test Ederson and misplaced several passes.

Scott McTominay 5 – Didn’t put enough pressure on the ball, although Ilkay Gundogan wasn’t a huge influence on the game.

Fred 5 – Offered little defensively or in attack.

Luke Shaw 4 – Bizarre defending to gift Manchester City their second goal. Gabriel Jesus had one excellent chance from down the wing but created a couple of chances too.

Cristiano Ronaldo 4 – Frustrating game for the Portuguese superstar who had no supply. Booked in stoppage time for a late, dirty foul on Kevin De Bruyne after the whistle had already gone for a foul.

Mason Greenwood 5 – Quiet game up top, didn’t test the opposition goalkeeper following limited supply.

Substitutes

Jadon Sancho (45 mins) 3 – Half-time substitute. Played a simple passing game and never looked like an attacking threat.

Alex Telles (18 mins) N/A – Replaced an injured Luke Shaw. Played Bernardo Silva onside for a late opportunity.

Donny van de Beek (12 mins) N/A – A rare run out but barely saw any of the ball to be able to do anything with it.

Manchester City

Ederson 6 – The Brazilian goalkeeper wasn’t forced into anything difficult this afternoon.

Kyle Walker 8 – Forced to make a couple of tackles, supported the attack. Comfortable afternoon in defence.

Ruben Dias 8 – Fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo was kept quiet for the full 90 minutes.

John Stones 8 – The Manchester City defence protected their goalkeeper very well. John Stones had no difficulties in only his second Premier League start of the season.

Joao Cancelo 9 – A man of the match performance from left-back with assists for both goals. Joao Cancelo got stuck in a number of times to prevent any threat coming from down City’s left.

Rodri 7 – Had little to do defensively. Rodri saw a lot of the ball and laid it off to teammates to do the rest.

Ilkay Gundogan 7 – Not greatly influential in attack this afternoon but played an important role in maintaining possession for his side, as well as winning it back on the odd occasion.

Kevin De Bruyne 8 – Didn’t have his shooting boots on today, but Kevin De Bruyne was influential in creating a number of chances as well as playing several passes into teammates to allow them to setup chances.

Gabriel Jesus 8 – Was more of a playmaker down the right wing rather than looking like a goal threat himself. A world class save from David de Gea did deny Gabriel Jesus with his only shot of the game.

Bernardo Silva 8 – Excellent anticipation in doubling the visitors’ lead on the stroke of half-time. Constantly a threat in and around the penalty area with his passing and runs off the ball.

Phil Foden 8 – Good movement and struck the outside of the post with his only effort on goal. Predominantly started down the left but constantly cut inside with the ball to cause United’s defence problems.

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