Manchester City went eleven points clear at the top of the Premier League with a brilliant win over rivals United at Old Trafford. Goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi meant Marcus Rashford’s equaliser was meaningless for Mourinho’s side. Here’s how we rated the players…
Ederson – 9
Ederson was his usual calm, collected self all night and looked unfazed every time he was asked to use his feet. Then, for five seconds, he was a monster. It was a brilliant double-save late on by the Brazilian to keep City in the lead from Lukaku, then Mata. Could he have done better for the first goal? Maybe, but I don’t care when he’s producing reactions like that.
Kyle Walker – 7
Walker must be absolutely exhausting to play against because he never stops. He was up and down the wing all day today, exhibiting a bit more restraint than usual which was vital to City’s defensive efforts.
Nicolas Otamendi – 9
Scored the winner in a crucial Manchester derby so I’d quite happily give him a 12, but in truth Otamendi was slightly at fault for United’s equaliser. However, his goal was superb. A wonderful volley from the centre-back, who’s improved magnificently this season and become a reliable goal threat.
Vincent Kompany – 6
Only lasted a half- presumably he was taken off with an injury- but when he was playing it was a case of not bad, not great for Kompany. Marshalled his defence well.
Fabian Delph – 7
Delph was decent even though this was easily his worst game this season, and I think that says all you need to know about how impressive he’s been at left-back since Mendy got injured. He could’ve done far better for United’s goal and almost gifted them a second before Ederson saved from Rashford. It wasn’t a bad showing though, and his energy was important once again.
Fernandinho – 8
Remember when we were all worried about how we’d replace Yaya Touré? Ah, those were simpler times. After this showing, complete with brave tackles, wonderful interceptions and relentless tenacity, we should be worried about how we’ll replace Fernandinho. The Brazilian was magnificent again tonight.
David Silva – 9 (Man of the Match)
Scored an acrobatic volley to put City in the lead for the second time in a week, and was a general nuisance all afternoon for United.Twisting, turning, puppeteering, every touch from the silky Spaniard was a reminder to the United players that they just aren’t fit to lace his boots.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
Not his best – but for KDB, ‘not his best’ is still very, very good. He made some great passes, including a peach for Bernardo late on, but was generally below his usual standard on the ball and his tiredness was evident when it set in. However, his rating gets a boost for his fantastic work in the tackle and the press – no wonder he was exhausted by the final whistle.
Raheem Sterling – 7
Sterling was the best of the front three in my opinion, with a busy first half display in an unfamiliar position. Sterling didn’t manage to get a goal or assist but still played well and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play centrally again in future.
Gabriel Jesus – 6
Worked hard, moved well and caused some problems for United but was ultimately ineffective and taken off before the hour mark. Wasn’t his day today.
Leroy Sané – 6
Frustrated me today and I considered giving him a five but hey, it’s Christmas. Sané has been way off the pace for the last few weeks and didn’t improve today. At times, he showed a lack of effort, but at others he just made the wrong decision. I’m sure he’ll be back to his best soon.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
We were all a bit surprised to see Gundogan come on for Kompany today but I think he slotted into midfield well and passed nicely. He messed up a few of those final passes but never stopped running.
Eliaquim Mangala – 8
I’ve rarely seen a fanbase as united* in trepidation as City’s supporters were when Mangala replaced Jesus after an hour, but the Frenchman was dominant. He managed to win it back from Lukaku when the striker looked likely to equalise and cleared well after Ederson’s astonishing double-save, as well as several other important pieces of defending. The only reason he doesn’t get a 9 is that he only played half an hour.
Bernardo Silva – N/A
No real time to mark. Could’ve made it three but I’m not complaining.
*No pun intended.