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Manchester United v Manchester City - player ratings

Manchester United

David De Gea: Largely untested despite City's dominance, aside from one good save from Leroy Sane. 6

Antonio Valencia: Got little opportunity to attack but worked hard in defence. 6

Chris Smalling: Produced some good last-ditch tackles, most notably on Raheem Sterling twice. 7

Marcos Rojo: Misplaced some passes and appeared to struggle after a nasty clash of heads with David Silva. 5

Ashley Young: Pegged back in his own half as City controlled the game. 6

Ander Herrera: Tried to keep a tight watch on Kevin De Bruyne but City managed to stifle his impact. 6

Nemanja Matic: Less effective than usual as he struggled to break down City possession. 6

Marcus Rashford: Had little opportunity to get into the game but his opportunistic finish was one of clinical brilliance. 7

Jesse Lingard: Effectively shut out of the game by Fernandinho in the first half but was livelier in the second period after the Brazilian moved to centre-back. 6

Anthony Martial: Threatened occasionally but found openings few and far between. 6

Romelu Lukaku: Failed to hold the ball up, hardly got a sniff in front of goal and his bad luck when defending set-pieces proved costly. 5

Substitutes

Victor Lindelof (for Rojo, 46): Brought more steel to hard-worked defence. 6

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (for Lingard, 75): Came on in the hope of strengthening United up front but had little joy. 5

Juan Mata (for Herrera, 82): Almost snatched a late equaliser but was brilliantly denied by Ederson. 6

Manchester City

Ederson: Was caught out for Rashford's strike but made a brave and brilliant double save late on to preserve City's lead. 7

Kyle Walker: Provided an option for City that was probably underused. 6

Vincent Kompany: Organised and commanding but did not return for the second half. 6

Nicolas Otamendi: Strong in the tackle and coming forward, and took his goal well. 8

Fabian Delph: Created an opportunity for Sane with a brilliant pass but his defensive inexperience was exposed by United's equaliser. 6

Fernandinho: Kept City's midfield ticking and United's quiet before switching to defence for a spell in the second half. 7

Kevin De Bruyne: Made some determined runs and forced a good save from De Gea but his passing was unusually wayward. 6

David Silva: City's most creative player, made the most of the space he had to work with and finished his goal well. 8

Raheem Sterling: Made a lively start playing in a central role but could not capitalise on his opportunities. 7

Gabriel Jesus: Looked sharp and beat Rojo with some nifty footwork to test De Gea but debate over whether he tried to con the referee into giving a penalty will persist. 6

Leroy Sane: His touch was outstanding and he got some chances to show his pace out wide. 7

Substitutes

Ilkay Gundogan (for Kompany, 46): Brought a different dimension to the City midfield with some good attacking runs. 6

Eliaquim Mangala (for Jesus, 59): Gave City a bit of extra solidity to get the result, despite some nervy touches. 6

Bernardo Silva (for Sane, 88): Held the ball up well as City closed out victory. 6

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