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Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 7 – Comfortably dealt with a few long range drives. Never looked troubled as Pep Guardiola’s men struggled to penetrate.

Antonio Valencia 7.5 – An intractable force at the back and ominous going forward. The Ecuadorian clearly doesn’t understand the concept of ‘pre-season’.

Victor Lindelof 6.5 – Positioned himself well and looked fluid on the ball; did well to keep Sergio Aguero away from dangerous positions.

Chris Smalling 6 – Simultaneously valiant and foolish, combining moments of bravery with episodes of poor misjudgement, which could have easily culminated in a penalty.

Daley Blind 7 – Looked after the ball really well, always finding teammates and even stretching the pitch with a number of intelligent runs down the line.

Ander Herrera 7 – Without doubt the most energetic midfielder on the pitch. Buzzed around with the kind of verve supporters grew so accustomed to last year.

Paul Pogba 7.5 – A typically classy, untouchable sort of display from the Frenchman. Dwarfed the likes of Yaya Toure and Kevin de Bruyne in terms of sharpness. Will clearly benefit from Lukaku’s runs in behind next season.

Jesse Lingard 6.5 – One of Man United’s busier performers, always looking to stretch Manchester City’s back four but lacked cutting edge at times.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7 – Execution wasn’t always there but put Man City on the back-foot whenever he entered their half. Provided a perfectly weighted assist for Rashford.

Marcus Rashford 7.5 – Bombarded both flanks all game and displayed some notable muscle against some of City’s senior figures. Took his goal wonderfully.

Romelu Lukaku 8 – Sent a message to City and indeed the Premier League with another wonderfully taken goal in the first half. Brilliant on the ball and rattled the bar.


Phil Jones 6 – Occasionally struggled with Gabriel Jesus but generally kept City’s attacking frontier at bay. Somehow failed to take three chances in a row from about four yards out.

Matteo Darmian 6.5 – Disciplined, unspectacular but very much in control. The kind of Darmian performance supporters will hope to get used to.

Eric Bailly 6.5 – The Ivorian has hardly broken a sweat throughout pre-season. Made light work of a City attack lacking minutes.

Sergio Romero 6 – Endured a couple of shaky moments but came out with a clean sheet.

Anthony Martial 6 – Displayed plenty of initiative after coming on but couldn’t exercise much influence on the game

Michael Carrick 7 – Another controlled, balanced midfield display. The perfect player to bring on when protecting a lead with 30 minutes left.

Marouane Fellaini 6.5 – Shifted the ball nicely and easily outmuscled a fatigued City midfield. Could have been a greater presence in the box.

Andreas Pereira N/A

Timothy Fosu-Mensah N/A

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