JOE HART – 9 (Man of the Match)
A superb performance from England’s number one, who stood up to whatever Sunderland threw at him. His save from Defoe was as good as you’ll see.
BACARY SAGNA – 7
From a defensive point of view, he was strong. He shackled Borini very well, and likewise with Kharzi. Didn’t see much of him as an attacking threat, but that’s not really a strong part of his game.
NICOLAS OTAMENDI – 8
A few rash tackles aside, he was phenomenal. Made a couple of goal saving blocks and seemed to relish the challenge Defoe posed. Seems to be growing more in stature.
MARTIN DEMICHELIS – 7
Similar to Otamendi, he held the back line very well, using all of his experience. His ability on the ball is also vastly undervalued, playing us out from the back on several occasions.
GAEL CLICHY – 6
Since his return from injury, Gael slowly but surely seems to be finding his feet. His pace often helps him out against quicker forwards, but he’s a very intelligent defender and his pressing from the back is vital.
YAYA TOURE – 5
Despite having the weekend off, it was a poor performance from Yaya. Ponderous on the ball, he seemingly gave possession away more than he retained it. We expect more from Yaya because we know how good he is, but tonight wasn’t up to his standards.
FERNANDINHO – 6
Lots of energy from the Brazilian as you’d expect. Wasn’t really able to get on the ball and dictate the game, as Sunderland laid siege to us, particularly in the second half.
JESUS NAVAS – 6
Tonight’s performance was similar to the one Jesus put in against West Ham. Most of his best work was helping out Sagna. To be fair to the winger though, he created the goal tonight. Hopefully his injury isn’t too serious.
DAVID SILVA – 6
It was a really difficult night for David. Started wide on the left and was often coming in field, causing a lack of balance. Shifted to the number ten role when Yaya went off, but still struggled to make a real impact on the game.
KELECHI IHEANACHO – 5
After such a brilliant performance against Villa, it was plain for all to see how much Kelechi struggled tonight. He couldn’t seem to get into the game, and was often bullied in possession by the excellent Kone for Sunderland. A learning curve for him.
SERGIO AGUERO – 7
Once again, our saviour. There was a feeling of trepidation when, immediately after he scored, he went to ground. Thankfully it wasn’t anything serious. He’s quite clearly at full fitness now, and his confidence in front of goal is evident. Took his goal very well tonight.
FERNANDO – 6
Did a good job of steadying the ship second half. His passing is still fairly limited, but his positional sense was a lot better, enabling him to stop a few Sunderland counter attacks. Also made an excellent header off the line to keep us ahead.
RAHEEM STERLING – 5
Was brought on after the injury to Navas, but offered nothing like his teammate in terms of defensive work. Often bullied off the ball and struggled to have any impact on the game.
ALEKSANDR KOLAROV – N/A
No real time to mark.
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