Football Features

Man Utd 0-2 Man City: Full player ratings

By Harry Edwards

Published: 22:00, 24 April 2019

Manchester City have taken control of the Premier League title race thanks to a 2-0 win over Manchester United.

Bernardo Silva gave City the lead shortly after half-time and substitute Leroy Sane doubled the advantage midway through the second half.

The win sees City move one point clear of Liverpool at the top of the table with just three games remaining.

But how did the players rate?

Manchester United

David de Gea – 4 – Was on hand to produce some saves when required in the first half but was beaten at his near post too easily for City’s opening goal. And once again he was beaten too easily for Sane’s effort. Not the man he used to be.

Ashley Young – 5 – Got forward well early on and then helped keep a lid on Raheem Sterling as the first half progressed. But, along with the rest of his team-mates, the Englishman tired as the game went on and eventually become overrun.

Matteo Darmian – 6 – Worked well as part of a three-man central defence to pack the centre of the pitch and keep City frustrated for long periods. But fingers will be pointed at him for Sane’s goal.

Chris Smalling – 6 – Like Darmian, held firm in the centre of defence to give City problems in the first half. However, his lack of communication with Darmian helped open up space for Sane to double City’s lead.

Victor Lindelof – 6 – Looked strong as part of the back three in the first half but, like his partners, struggled as soon as City started to play their football.

Luke Shaw – 6 – Tried to get forward a lot on the left wing but also did his bit defensively to keep Bernardo Silva quiet in the first half. But he could have done better for Silva’s goal, giving the Portuguese too much space to shoot.

Paul Pogba – 6 – Had a decent game, looking to drive the ball from deep as United tried to attack on the counter. But it was not enough to stop his side from losing, as the Frenchman had little to work with.

Andreas Pereira – 5 – Had a quiet game and could not really make too much of an impact.

Fred – 4 – Was poor throughout, in another bad display for the midfielder. Was caught in possession in the build up for City’s second.

Jesse Lingard – 7 – Hurt City continuously with his pace and combination with Rashford in the first half. And he should have equalised after half-time but air-kicked with Ederson beaten and only Kompany in front of him.

Marcus Rashford – 7 – Was dangerous on the counter, giving Kompany serious problems with his pace and driving runs.

Substitutes:

Romelu Lukaku (for Pereira 72) – 5 – Struggled to get into the game with United chasing.

Anthony Martial (for Lingard 83) – 5 – His substitute appearance came too late for the Frenchman to make a positive impact.

Alexis Sanchez (for Darmian 83) – 5 – Like Martial, could not have much impact.

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Manchester City

Ederson – 6 – Reacted really well to stop Rashford from going in on goal, but was otherwise untroubled.

Kyle Walker – 6 – Looked in danger of putting City in serious trouble at times in the first half, misreading the game. But as City took control of the game his performance improved.

Vincent Kompany – 5 – Back in for the big game, Kompany was off the pace and targeted by United players as the weak point of City’s back line. Fortunately for City it was not a costly problem.

Aymeric Laporte – 6 – Did not look great, with his partnership alongside Kompany leaving City open for counter.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6 – Defended well but had his work cut out for him with United looking to push down his wing.

David Silva – 7 – Had a quiet start but did improve as City took control. Was possibly fortunate not to have been sent off for a high tackle on Pereira in which his studs connected with the 23-year-old’s ribs.

Fernandinho – 8 – Defensively strong when required and produced a brilliant tackle at the start of the second half when Pogba looked likely to score. Unfortunately the tackle brought the end of his game through injury.

Ilkay Gundogan – 8 – Like Silva, it took some time for Gundogan to get into the game but his influence grew as the match went on. Helped control the game for City in the second half.

Raheem Sterling – 7 – Was the better of Man City’s attacking trio and had his chances to put the away side ahead but sometimes over-thought his options in the first half. However, like the rest of his team-mates, Sterling improved after half-time and drove at the United backline to set up Sane for City’s second.

Sergio Aguero – 7 – Kept quiet by Manchester United’s defenders for most of the game in front of goal, but his off-the-ball performance should not be ignored. Brilliantly pulled away three defenders in the build up to Sane’s goal.

Bernardo Silva – 7 – The Portuguese international really did not have a good first half, struggling to get into the game. However, he started the second half better and opened the scoring with a good low finish after running at Shaw.

Substitutes:

Leroy Sane (for Fernandinho 51) – 8 – His arrival breathed new life into a previously poor Manchester City attack and doubled their lead with 25 minutes to go with a powerful low effort.

Gabriel Jesus (for Sergio Aguero 89) – N/A – A late sub.

Danilo (for Gundogan 89) – N/A – A late sub.

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