Manchester City didn’t have the best of games but were good enough in attack to overcome their lack of concentration in defence at times and win 3-1 against Newcastle at the Etihad. Here is how I rated the players.
Ederson – 5
Was a spectator in the second half and couldn’t really do too much for the goal as Murphy was allowed to go completely clean through. However he dropped the ball after making a save and created a nervous moment for City which could’ve allowed Newcastle to equalise. Neat build up as always.
Kyle Walker – 7
Reliable, athletic and didn’t make any errors in defence. Cut out most counters well and almost squeezed a cross to Aguero in the second half as well.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
Was good in the air and with his passing in between the lines. Made a really important interception from a Newcastle counter with the scores 0-0.
John Stones – 6
Much more like the pre-injury Stones, he timed his tackles really well and also made a couple of noteworthy passes forward which could have led to goals. Needs to impart more calmness to a back 4 that maybe looks to him at times and almost panicked after Newcastle’s goal.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6
Was excellent going forward in the first half and pumped in a many good crosses into the penalty area. But his defensive naivety showed when he switched off and allowed Murphy to run free onto Ederson’s goal and score against the run of play.
Fernandinho – 6
Was his usual reliable self and tried to help out in attack as there wasn’t a lot to clean up because of Newcastle’s tame approach. Needs to be a little careful as an elbow in the first half could have earnt him an unnecessary booking.
Kevin De Bruyne – 6
Excellent ball for Aguero’s opener as our little Argentinian only had to get a hair to help it on into the back of the net. He tried hard to create as much as he could, as he always does. Was guilty of being a little complacent on the ball in Newcastle’s half and his set pieces left much to be desired as well.
David Silva – 7
How we missed our magician last week. Even though he didn’t have a direct hand in any of the goals, he was always finding little pockets of space and playing those special balls that get fans off their seats. Did his share of the defensive work as well.
Leroy Sané – 9
What a special player this guy is. He was probably our best player last week and today he was at it again. Very good in his movement as he mixed it up with Aguero and Sterling to pop up on the right and even centrally, he was a constant threat and the run and the skill to create the hat-trick goal will be seen on highlight reels for years to come.
Raheem Sterling – 7
Tried hard and kept popping up in dangerous places and getting off the shots and making the runs that would’ve gotten him a well-deserved goal. Could’ve scored a hat trick on another day but the combination of an exceptional save from Darlow, a hawk eyed linesman and a bit of bad luck he ended the match with only winning the penalty for the winning goal.
Sergio Aguero – 9 (Man of the Match)
He had to face a lot of criticism from everyone last week, his own fans doubting if the club’s decision not to sign Sanchez would come back to bite them. He answered them all the only way he knows how to. Scoring goals. A lot of them. And not just the goals, he chased back opposition players deep into his half to recover the ball and was seen hugging the left and right touchlines many times during the match as he mixed and matched with Sterling and Sane as part of a fluid front three. A well timed header, faultless right footed penalty and an unmissable left footed finish gave him the perfect hat-trick in his 200th Premier League appearance.
Bernardo Silva – N/A
Didn’t get to see too much of the ball in the 7 minutes he played.
Brahim Diaz – N/A
Showed good energy to track back and was fouled going forward.