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Manchester United v Manchester City player ratings


David De Gea: Had no chance with Kevin De Bruyne or Kelechi Iheanacho's goals and produced a brilliant save to deny Fernandinho. 7

Antonio Valencia: Got involved in attack where possible, as usual, when United improved going forward. 6

Eric Bailly: No major errors - in contrast to his central defensive partner. 6

Daley Blind: Caught napping by De Bruyne as the City playmaker nipped past him to open the scoring. 5

Luke Shaw: Did not really put a foot wrong. 6

Marouane Fellaini: Seemed to be one of those outings when the Belgian was always walking on thin ice in a disciplinary sense. Booked for putting his arm on Aleksandar Kolarov, having already been involved in a flashpoint with Nolito. 6

Paul Pogba: Tried his luck with a shot early on that went over the bar but in general this was a game where the world's most expensive player did little to stand out. 6

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Deservedly replaced at half-time after failing to grasp the opportunity of his first United start. 5

Wayne Rooney: Took up various positions but spent a lot of time unable to make much of a positive contribution, with his frustration evident in some rash tackles and a minor touchline skirmish with Pep Guardiola. 6

Jesse Lingard: Struggled to make an impact and was also withdrawn at the interval. 5

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Delivered another goal to add to his tally before having the offside flag raised against him as United looked to equalise. A handful at various times for City's back-line. 7


Marcus Rashford (for Lingard): Came on at half-time and made an immediate impact, teeing up a chance for Ibrahimovic. Further pushed his claim for a place in the starting line-up. 7

Ander Herrera (for Mkhitaryan): Was part of United's improvement after the break. 6

Anthony Martial (for Shaw): A surprise omission from the first XI. Was unable to salvage anything for United after being brought on with around 10 minutes to go. 6

Manchester City

Claudio Bravo: A poor City debut for the man brought in to replace Joe Hart. His flap at a free-kick allowed Ibrahimovic to make it 2-1 and he had a number of other shaky moments - one of which might have led to a penalty on another day. 4

Bacary Sagna: Worked hard with him new roaming full-back brief. 6

John Stones: Another decent display from the England defender for the most part, although he was somewhat in Bravo's way in the incident that led to Ibrahimovic's goal. 7

Nicolas Otamendi: Impressive showing. Very solid when called upon. 7

Aleksandar Kolarov: More involved defensively than in attack and did well in that respect. 6

Kevin De Bruyne: An excellent performance that saw the Belgian notch a fine opening goal, hit the post and pose a threat throughout. 9

Fernandinho: Excellent play in midfield as ever, and almost scored in the second half. 7

David Silva: Also very good, although not quite as prominent as a playmaker as De Bruyne. 7

Raheem Sterling: Played his part in a great first-half team performance from City before coming off early in the second. 6

Nolito: Another very creditable shift from the summer signing, whose popularity among City fans continues to grow. 7

Kelechi Iheanacho: Did a decent enough job having been asked to fill the sizeable shoes of Sergio Aguero, netting City's second goal. Taken off early in the second half. 7


Fernando (for Iheanacho): Did his bit to make City more solid after United pulled a goal back. 6

Leroy Sane (for Sterling): Showed some nice touches after coming on for his City debut. 6

Pablo Zabaleta (for De Bruyne): Helped ensure City got over the line in the closing stages. 6


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