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Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City

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Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City | Player Ratings

Manchester United’s slump continues with a defeat at the hands of rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford. United were outplayed from minute one to 90, as the gulf between the sides in terms of quality was glaring. An early own goal from Eric Bailly set the tone for United’s dismal display as a defensive blunder would lead to City’s second with Bernado Silva capitalising on United’s lack of concentration at the back. 

Despite changes in the second half United failed to get anywhere near Manchester City in more ways than one. 

Here’s how each player performed on a derby day to forget: 

David De Gea: 6 

De Gea started the game positively, making some crucial saves. However, he should’ve done better with City’s second goal- he was partly to blame. 

Defence 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 4 

Wan-Bissaka was also uncharacteristically appalling during today’s game. He didn’t look strong in defending his flank, despite this usually being his best attribute. In addition to this, he did absolutely nothing in terms of bombing forward down the line as an attacking wing-back. 

Eric Bailly: 3 

Bailly was careless before coming off after the first half. His own goal set the tone for the rest of the game and, quite frankly, he should’ve done much better in that position.  

Harry Maguire: 3 

Maguire was also shocking in defence today. He lacks vital leadership qualities, including the ability to communicate effectively with his defensive partners. This was not a good look for the skipper, yet again. 

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Victor Lindelof: 4 

Lindelof also put in a poor performance today; unable to assert any defensive authority on the game and struggling to distribute the ball when in possession. 

Luke Shaw: 3 

Luke Shaw was atrocious today, especially by his standards. This was a lacklustre performance, with limited attacking play and some utterly abysmal defending.  

Midfield 

Fred: 3 

Fred was unable to do anything to grab a hold of the midfield battle today. He was absolutely dominated. 

Scott McTominay: 3 

Similarly, McTominay was a sitting duck against City’s midfield today- unable to distribute the ball or keep hold of possession. Perhaps this was a result of city’s tactical superiority.  

Bruno Fernandes: 4 

Bruno had no impact upon the game today. Anything that he could’ve done was completely neutralised.  

Attack 

Cristiano Ronaldo: 4 

Ronaldo also had no sway or control within the game. He was isolated up front and forced to attempt a lone press upon City’s backline, despite there being no tactical press in place from Solskjaer and his coaches. 

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Mason Greenwood: 4 

Greenwood had no influence upon the game. Like Ronaldo, he was isolated up top. Manchester City were able to prevent any possible attacking run of play. 

Substitutes 

Jadon Sancho: 5 

Sancho looked likely upon coming onto the pitch during a difficult game. Again, this now begs the question: why isn’t he being used more often? 

Donny Van De Beek: 5 

It was difficult for Donny to come into the game and exert much control, considering the nature of the game. However, he worked hard to win the ball back and put in a shift. This defeat wasn’t his fault.  

Alex Telles: 5 

Telles didn’t do much upon being substituted on. However, this doesn’t warrant a negative rating considering the amount of time he had on the pitch.  


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