Ederson – 9
Ederson. What a keeper. He may have been using his face to save point-blank shots and throwing milk over opposing managers on Sunday, but tonight, his evening was much less eventful. Commanding and confident, his presence is reassuring and calming. When he was called upon, he rose to the occasion magnificently, with a fine save to deny Roque Mesa being the highlight, whose shot took a wicked deflection. A thoroughly impressive performance, one that we are almost growing to expect from our new man between the sticks.
Fabian Delph – 8
Despite a few shaky moments at Old Trafford, Delph continued his fine form this season with another solid display at left-back. He wasn’t tested too much by the pace of Nathan Dyer, but his interplay in midfield, his presence as an attacking option and his infectious positivity was typically admirable. Another fine night’s work for Fabian.
Eliaquim Mangala – 8
An encouraging performance from Mangala, who dealt with the physicality of Wilfried Bony with relative ease, despite our former striker’s early liveliness. On the ball, he kept things simple, but that’s all he needed to do. He’ll be happy with the clean sheet, one that his performance thoroughly deserves.
Nicolas Otamendi – 8
With the absence of Kompany and Stones, Otamendi has stepped up to the plate, to say the very least. His unprecedented goal scoring run could well have continued tonight, with a few decent chances early on. Nonetheless, it was another solid display, including a wonderful goal-line clearance, and a very welcome clean sheet – just in time for the visit of Tottenham on Saturday.
Danilo – 7
Looked much more comfortable in his favoured right-back position, but he was rarely called upon. He had a long range shot early on which caused Fabianski a minor problem, but it was nice and easy for Danilo, who looked comfortable throughout.
Fernandinho – 8
A typical tireless performance from another one of our brilliant Brazilians. A few questioned Pep’s decision to select the midfielder, with him just one yellow card away from suspension, but such displays make him almost impossible to leave out. Committed, determined, and capable of effortlessly breaking forward or pinging a pinpoint pass, Fernandinho deserves just as much praise as anyone else in this marvellous team.
David Silva – 10 (Man of the Match)
What a performance. Magical. Sublime. Superb. Two goals only put the icing on what was already a very sweet tasting cake. His passing was perfect, his movement elusive and sharp, his vision sublime. Absolutely everything went through him. He could have had one, two, three assists – in fact, he probably should have. It really was the most sensational of performances, one that should serve to remind us just how lucky we really are to have this little magician.
Bernardo Silva – 9
Without doubt his best performance in a City shirt. He picked up a wonderful assist for the first goal, whipping in an exquisitely weighted cross for David Silva to turn in. Apart from that, he looked confident and adept, linking up well as he looked to cut into the Swansea defense with incisive runs and clever passes. It’s been a somewhat frustrating start to his City career, with most things just seeming to be so agonisingly close to coming off. Tonight, he showed us that he can do it, something that will surely have made Pep sit up and take note. He’s done his stake for a starting spot absolutely no harm.
Kevin De Bruyne – 9
Again, just fantastic. Along with Silva, every passing move seemed to be orchestrated by him. He ran at the midfield and the defence, he teased them and drew them out, and he tricked them with his typically devilish vision. To top it all off, he found himself on the scoresheet, a wicked free-kick which flashed across the face of goal and nestled into the far corner. Many have called him the best in the Premier League. Another classy performance shows that they might not be exaggerating too wildly after all.
Raheem Sterling – 8
A complete nuisance all night long. Constantly making runs in behind, checking back, moving inside, hugging the touchline – everything. His link-up with David Silva was exceptional, as he found himself bearing down on defenders on numourous occasion, having been set free by the Spaniard. He re-payed Silva’s service with an assist, just reward for a tenacious, persistent performance.
Sergio Aguero – 8
I think many City fans would’ve had the feeling that it wasn’t going to be Aguero’s night. After missing out on Manchester Derby minutes, it was clear right from the offset that he was determined to get himself back into starting contention, as he barged his way into the box all on his own a few times in the first half, narrowly missing the target each time. The second half saw no let-up in chances for the Argentine, who was denied magnificently by Fabianski on numerous occasions. He almost finished off one of the moves of the season, a delightful passing sequence serenaded by Olés, but his shot just flashed wide. His moment finally came on the 85th minute, smashing the ball past Fabianski with beaten defenders in his wake. He’ll be happy with his goal, but knowing the type of player he is, he’ll be disappointed he hasn’t come away with more.
Yaya Touré – 6
Replaced Fernandinho early in the second half, when the game was already wrapped up. It’s a shame to say it, but this isn’t the Yaya Touré of three years ago. Nonetheless, he guarded the midfield ably, picking up a welcome assist. Nothing spectacular, but nothing majorly concerning from the big Ivorian.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7
A competent performance from the young man, who looked comfortable after coming on to replace Delph at left-back. He’s young and clearly has plenty to learn, but the potential is clear to see. Expect to see more of him as the season rolls on ad the games start to come thick and fast.
Ilkay Gundogan – 6
He didn’t have much time to make an impact, and perhaps he wasn’t expected to as he replaced Kevin De Bruyne late on. He’ll certainly be looking to impress next time he gets the chance.
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