Manchester United’s bubble of positivity is burst as Manchester City school the reds on Derby day.
It didn’t take long for a nervous United side to concede as they were undone by some typically smooth interplay with Phil Foden opening the scoring after just eight minutes.
United were unable to mount any sort of attack on an injury-riddled City defence. The reds were catalysts for their own downfall as any attacks United mustered were rushed and lacking in quality. Erling Haaland joined the party in the 34th minute to double City’s lead and within 13 minutes the sky Blues were sky high with a 4-0 lead courtesy of Haaland and Foden going into the break.
In the second half, United began to show signs of a fight back with Antony curling in an effort from 20 yards out. However, a goal each from Foden and Haaland to complete their respective hattricks was sealed United’s defeat. The further two United goals from substitute Anthony Martial were simply consolation goals. Martial was Johnny-on-the-spot to score his first before winning and scoring his own penalty in added time for his second.
Here’s how each player performed as United’s win streak was decimated at the Etihad:
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David de Gea: 3
While not directly to blame for any of the goals, you could argue the Spaniard could have done more to bail his teammates out with some saves.
Diogo Dalot: 3
When an excited Dalot was booked in the first minute it set the precedent for his performance. He wasn’t able to display the intensity that he has done and therefore was defensively poor.
Raphael Varane: 4
Was substituted on the 40th-minute mark after struggling with an ankle injury.
Lisandro Martinez: 4
Showed good signs in possession but in terms of his positional awareness, he left a lot to be desired.
Tyrell Malacia: 3
Malacia was substituted at half time, he seemed to be one that let the occasion get the better of him while he was on the pitch.
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Scott Mctominay: 2
Showed a lack of intensity off the ball and showed no quality in possession. A performance to forget.
Christian Eriksen: 1
Every time the Dane received the ball, he seemed to make the wrong decision.
Bruno Fernandes: 2
Fernandes reverted to type as the game wore on, petulant, reactive in possession and just an all-around frustrating to watch.
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Jadon Sancho: 1
An anonymous performance.
Marcus Rashford: 3
Showed a willingness to get in behind but was starved of any of the ball.
Antony suffered from what Sancho did for most of the game as the wide players failed to add to attacks. However, his performance grew in the second half and his goal was well taken.
Victor Lindelof: 2
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Anthony Martial: 7