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Player Ratings: Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United

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Erik ten Hag’s men face a second consecutive defeat as Manchester United are beaten comprehensively in the derby.

When Marcus Rashford fired home the opening goal, there were some beginnings of optimism that were non-existent before the first whistle.

Fans knew that even luck wouldn’t give United the best chance of taking anything from the game. However, luck prevailed as Rashford’s one in 30 chance strike stretched the back of the net.

United rode their luck until the break with Erling Haaland missing from point-blank just ahead of halftime. It wasn’t long after halftime when City found an equaliser through Phil Foden. Foden doubled his return to put City ahead with 10 minutes to play of normal time. Erling Haaland ended any hopes of a United comeback in added time slotting the ball past Andre Onana.

Here’s how each player performed alongside a rating out of 10:

Goalkeeper & defence

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Andre Onana: 8

Despite the three goals conceded, Onana stood out with a big performance. Especially in the first half, he was a towering figure in United’s box. Some key saves kept the score respectable.

Diogo Dalot: 7

Dalot’s best work was over the 80 minutes he spent at right back. The Portuguese marshalled Jeremy Doku out of the game and before he was moved to left back he was a positive outlet on that right hand side.

Raphael Varane: 7

For a long while Varane was solid at the back. Almost everything that came his way he dealt with.

Jonny Evans: 6

It was a 50/50 game for Evans. He wasn’t as solid as his colleagues but his when he was substituted, the mess the defence was left in showed his worth.

Victor Lindelof: 4

Out of position and out of his depth. The blame for Foden’s equaliser lies at Lindelof’s door. He allowed him onto his stronger foot to curl it home.


Casemiro: 5

Far from his better performances. He seemed all over the place and overrun in United’s midfield.

Kobbie Mainoo: 6

For an 18-year-old against a City midfield, Mainoo can only leave with some plaudits for his display.

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Bruno Fernandes: 6

United’s captain can take the credit for setting up the opener but outside of that, Fernandes continues to leave a lot to be desired.

Scott Mctominay: 4

He wasn’t a surprise inclusion but Mctominay’s role was a confusing one. On the ball he was poor and United just didn’t test City enough in the opposition box to be of use.


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Marcus Rashford: 6

When he took his goal, every fan thought it could have catalysed a huge performance from Rashford but that wasn’t the case. Two further missed opportunities potentially cost United points this afternoon.

Alejandro Garnacho: 4

A passenger throughput the game. Nothing seemed to work for the 19-year-old who stood on the periphery of the performance.


Willy Kambwala: 5

Antony: 5

Omari Forson: 5

Sofyan Amrabat: 3

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