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City dominate United but can only draw: Man City Player Ratings vs. Man United

I’d have taken a point had you offered me one before the game, but after seeing how the game panned out, a draw feels like two points dropped. It was a decent showing from the Blues, particularly defensively, but they struggled to create chances against a stubborn Manchester United side, and when they did, they squandered them.

Let’s take a look at how Jordan Elgott rated the performances of City’s players.

Claudio Bravo – 6

Bravo almost added to his growing list of blunders when he unnecessarily palmed a cross straight to Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the first half, but thankfully he saved well from the Armenian playmaker. Apart from that, the Chilean didn’t have much to do before being taken off injured.

Pablo Zabaleta – 7

Zabaleta hasn’t played much football in the past month or so, being kept out the team by Jesus Navas, of all people. His rustiness showed in the first half as the elusive Anthony Martial glided past him multiple times. Thankfully, he drastically improved in the second half and dealt well with the Frenchman.

Vincent Kompany – 8.5

Starting his third game in a row for the first time this season, Vinny was immense yet again. He didn’t have much defending to do in the second-half, but he made a number of crucial tackles and interceptions in the first-half. Rock-solid.

Nicolas Otamendi – 8

Nico has looked so much more composed with his captain alongside him in recent weeks, and that trend continued today. He made some important tackles on one-on-one situations against tricky forwards like Marcus Rashford. Nico’s looked like a different player since the skipper returned.

Alexandar Kolarov – 8

Having started the month as Pep Guardiola’s most used player, Kolarov has struggled to make it into the starting line-up since the return of Vincent Kompany. He has impressed at centre-back this season but was trusted at full-back today and did a very good job, performing his defensive duties well and threatening the Manchester United goal a couple of times.

Fernandinho – 6.5

Fernandinho looked unlikely to start tonight’s game after he was taken off injured at Wembley on Sunday, but managed to recover in the time. Unfortunately, his all-round game was quite disappointing, losing out in the tackle a couple of times and gifting the ball away on numerous occasions.

Yaya Touré – 7.5

Sunday’s ‘Man of the Match’ did well in the first half, driving at the Manchester United bus at any chance he got, despite playing 120 minutes at Wembley. He did begin to tire but performed admirably in his role at the base of midfield.

Raheem Sterling – 5

This lad has so much potential, but he really needs to start stepping up in the big games. He showed glimpses tonight but missed a great chance in the first half and looked timid despite being up against a relatively weak left-back in the shape of Matteo Darmian. We looked much better when Gabriel Jesus replaced him for the last few minutes.

Kevin De Bruyne – 8.5 (Man of the Match)

De Bruyne has attracted plenty of criticism this season, and some of it has been justified, but he was undoubtedly City’s biggest threat tonight.

He should have registered an assist in the first half when one of his trademark crosses found Sergio Aguero, but the Argentine could only turn the ball onto the post. Even in the 95th minute of the game, the Belgian playmaker still managed to conjure up one last chance for Aguero with a delicious ball into the box, but the chance was squandered yet again. Very unfortunate not to end up on the winning side tonight.


Leroy Sané – 5

Our electrifying German looks like he needs re-charging. To be fair, Sané has played a lot of football in recent months and looked absolutely shattered after just 90 minutes at Wembley. Similarly to his pal Raheem Sterling, Sané showed glimpses of his talent tonight but his all-round play was quite sloppy.

Sergio Aguero – 6.5

This is a slightly difficult one to judge; Aguero was constantly looking for the ball, trying to make things happen, and in that respect he was one of our better players, seeing as some of his team-mates (Sané and Sterling) offered nothing going forward.

City, however, needed ruthlessness in front of goal in a game like this, and unfortunately he was anything but ruthless. He missed City’s two best chances of the match, seemed far too eager to shoot, took far too long to release the ball, and often gave it away when he finally decided to pass.


Willy Cabellero – N/A

Came on for Claudio Bravo, who went off injured after 75 minutes. He wasn’t tested.

Jesus Navas – 6.5

Replaced Leroy Sané. In a word – predictable.

Gabriel Jesus – 7

Replaced Raheem Sterling. Looked very lively, and had the ball in the back of the net but was rightfully ruled out for offside.

We look like we need a spark going forward at the moment, and hopefully Gabriel Jesus can provide that during the final few games of the season.

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