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“Bottled it… there’s no doubt” – Man City 6-3 Man Utd player ratings

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 16:16, 2 October 2022

Erling Haaland and Phil Foden created Premier League history as Manchester City ran out 6-3 winners over neighbours Manchester United this afternoon.

The pair registered a hat-trick each as Pep Guardiola’s men showcased their championship credentials. Antony and Anthony Martial, who netted a brace from the bench, softened what could have easily been the Red Devils’ most humiliating defeat in the Manchester derby.

Here’s how the players rated at the Etihad Stadium:


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Manchester City

Ederson – 6 – Enjoyed a relatively quiet first half and just when a clean sheet looked to be on the cards he saw a long-distance effort from compatriot Antony beat him.

João Cancelo – 4 – Normally when City register four or more goals in a game Cancelo would have been involved somehow. Today he sat back and enjoyed his teammates creating even more history, but foolishly gave away a late penalty which Martial converted for his second. 

Nathan Aké – 6 – With a fully available squad, Ake wouldn’t be the first choice in the left centre-back position but on today’s showing the Dutch international has given Guardiola some food for thought.

Manuel Akanji – 6 – Excellent on the ball this afternoon. Would often come out from the back to join City’s build-up play, his distribution was another standout facet of his performance.

Kyle Walker – 5 – He couldn’t have asked for a more comfortable outing. On paper, Sancho would have presented his England teammate with a challenge but it was anything but this afternoon, though he would come off before half-time. 

Bernardo Silva – 8 – Got the ball rolling with a fine pass to Foden and from then on was superb in possession as City imposed themselves on a hapless United.

Ilkay Gündogan – 7 – Saw a freekick hit the woodwork. A usual calming presence in midfield and would often join City’s numerous attacks.

Kevin De Bruyne – 9 – Barcelona supporters used to hang a banner at the Camp Nou that read ‘Enjoy [Michael] Laudrup’ there needs to be an equivalent for Kevin De Bruyne who shone brilliantly today. His cross for Haaland’s second goal was a thing of sheer beauty. “What a pass,” Gary Neville rightfully exclaimed.

Jack Grealish – 8 – He might not have scored or created but Grealish was a menace down City’s left flank and caused a hapless Dalot all sorts of problems.

Erling Haaland – 10 – He is something else. At this rate, Haaland will break Mohamed Salah’s record for most goals in a single Premier League campaign before everything shuts down for the upcoming World Cup finals. First, a towering header, from a corner, to double City’s lead then a brilliant diving effort with the studs of his boot from the back post.

“The Manchester United players have bottled it, there’s no doubt,” Gary Neville exclaimed on commentary.

“On the ball, they have given it away all the time. They have been really nervous. They have just not handled this derby at all.”

Haaland would soon get his name on the assist column, and then goal number three on a historic afternoon, to round off a perfect Manchester Derby debut.

Phil Foden – 10 – A game that meant more to him than any other City player, the ‘Stockport Iniesta’ put the hosts in front with a sweet curling finish before 10 minutes had been played. It was Foden’s first goal in this fixture. He doubled his tally on the stroke of half-time, finishing off a sweet City counter, before helping Haaland grab his hat-trick. His second of the day saw him surpass Lionel Messi as the youngest player to reach 50 goals under Guardiola’s watch. Not long after, Haaland repaid the favour by playing Foden through to complete his first-ever career hat-trick.

Substitutes:

Sergio Gómez (for Walker 40) – 5 – Anonymous despite City enjoying large swathes of possession.

Riyad Mahrez (for Foden 74) – N/A – A late sub.

Julián Álvarez (for De Bruyne 74) – N/A – A late sub.

Cole Palmer (for Cole Palmer 74) – N/A – A late sub.

Aymeric Laporte (for Gündoğan 74) – N/A – A late sub.


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Manchester United

David de Gea – 5 – Had to pick the ball out four times. There was nothing he could have done to stop Foden’s opener.

Tyrell Malacia – 3 – Cautioned early on as City showed no mercy. Matched up against Foden he was second best throughout before Ten Hag took him off at half-time.

Lisandro Martínez – 5 – None of the goals was in his vicinity but Martinez was constantly on the back foot as soon as the game began.

Raphaël Varane – 4 – Picked up a knock which affected his performance. He was the man trailing Haaland as the Norwegian put City three in front.

Diogo Dalot – 3 – A humbling outing for the Portuguese international who got the run around by a reinvigorated and inspired Grealish.

Christian Eriksen – 6 – Was caught napping in the build-up to Phil Foden’s opener. United’s deep-lying playmaker had initially tracked City’s wide man but crucially switched off. It was the same again with Haaland’s effort, Eriksen should have been the last person to be marking the deadly Norwegian from a corner. He did, however, pick out Anthony which led to United’s consolation.

Scott McTominay – 4 – Was there to offer defensive stability in United’s midfield but the much-maligned Scottish international was simply overrun by a relentless City machine.

Jadon Sancho – 4 – Before the match got away from United the former Dortmund man had a significant run towards City’s goal. Must have pained him to see his former teammate grab the headlines.

Bruno Fernandes – 5 – Simply couldn’t get into the game as City did their homework on him. The usual source of United’s creativity, the Portuguese playmaker was a subdued witness to Pep Guardiola’s men running riot.

Antony – 6 – Offered no protection to Dalot when City was in possession but managed to score from absolutely nowhere early into the second half.

Marcus Rashford – 5 – Had a sniff or two in the early goings before City took control and never looked back. A disappointing outing for someone who often turned big in these games.

Substitutes:

Victor Lindelöf (for Varane 39) – 4 – Came on for the injured Varane but truthfully wasn’t much of an upgrade.

Luke Shaw (for Malacia 46) – 5 – Brought on to control the damage but there was nothing he could seriously do. Played Foden onside for his hat-trick goal.

Anthony Martial (for Rashford 58) – 7 – Scored a brace late on to make the scoreline less embarrassing.

Casemiro (for McTominay 58) – 5 – It remains to be seen why he didn’t start today given how games of this magnitude are won and lost in midfield.

Fred (for Sancho 69) – N/A – A late sub.

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