Manchester derby ratings: Woeful from Pogba, Blind and Lingard

Date published: Saturday 10th September 2016 2:51

Man Utd: Beaten by City

Man Utd: Beaten by City

Manchester City won the first Manchester derby of the season and they had several star performers, whilst United’s big guns flopped.

Manchester United

Mkhitaryan

De Gea: No chance with the City goals and was his reliable self. 7

Valencia: Looked strong and made a couple of characteristic powerful runs. 6

Bailly: Failed to challenge Iheanacho for City’s opener, but did make a late tackle on Fernandinho. 6

Blind: Woefully exposed for City’s first and turned inside out and played Iheanacho onside for City’s second. 4

Shaw: Solid if unspectacular at full-back. Did not see much of him in the City half. 6

Fellaini: Booked and was strong in the air, but was on the wrong end of the midfield battle. 6

Pogba: Made one surging first-half run and also fired on to the roof of the net, but his impact was negligible. 5

Mkhitaryan: Looked lost and was a big mistake to start him considering he was an injury doubt. 5

Rooney: Ran around like a headless chicken, but had little impact. Made foul after foul and was finally booked on 82 minutes for upending Bravo. 5

Lingard: Complete passenger in the first half. Put in for his work-rate he failed to make a tackle or telling pass. 4

Ibrahimovic: Fine technique and cool first-half finish. Was United’s biggest threat. 7

Hererra (replaced Lingard 45): Almost invisible. Made several long balls which missed their intended targets. 4

Rashford (replaced Mkhitaryan 45): Made plenty of telling early contributions, but faded in the second half. Surely should have started. 6

Martial (replaced Shaw 81): No time to make an impact.

Manchester City

De bruyne

Bravo: “You can pass, but you can’t catch.” Gary Neville sums up City’s new No 1, who looked far from assured. 5

Sagna: Solid display. 7

Otamendi: Looked assured, strong and barely put a foot wrong. 8

Stones: Slightly impeded Bravo for Zlatan’s goal and backed off Rashford in the box but got out of jail with Zlatan rule offside. 6

Kolvarov: Dominant performance at full-back. His long ball set up the first goal. 8

Fernandinho: Strong midfield display. Won his battles. 8

De Bruyne: Fantastic cool finish for the first goal and pinged the post twice. A class act. 8

Silva: Technically superb and put a shift in too. 7

Sterling: Quiet as City dominated the first half and hooked soon after half-time. 5

Iheanacho: Took his goal well and proved a handful for Bailly and Co. 7

Nolito: Showed some neat touches but rarely looked like scoring. 6

Sane (replaced Iheanacho 60): Perfectly-weighted pass for De Bruyne to clip the inside of the post. Showed some nice control and a powerful runner. 7

Fernando (replaced Sterling 53): Slotted in seamlessly and made sure City protected what they had. 7

Zabaleta (replaced De Bruyne 90): No time to make an impact.

 

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