A day of remembrance and a day to remember for Manchester City fans as they came up deserved winners on Sunday at the Etihad.
City were dominant for much of the game but an Anthony Martial penalty brought back that familiar feeling that things could be about to go wrong. Luckily, Ilkay Gundogan came off the bench and put the game to bed.
Here’s how I rated the team…
Ederson – 6
His distribution was awesome — can any goalie create attacks like this man can? Unfortunately he again recklessly conceded a penalty and I can see Guardiola having a word about that.
Kyle Walker – 7
A good performance on his side up against Shaw and Martial. Martial has been one of United’s best players lately but was kept quiet so props to Walker.
John Stones – 7
As always, cool as a cucumber and now had the authority that didn’t used to be there, making him a top class central defender for City and England.
Aymeric Laporte – 7
As I said in previous ratings, I believe he’s the best young centre half in Europe and it was another good performance. Lukaku gave him a few things to think about but he was rarely worried throughout the game.
Benjamin Mendy – 6.5
Much, MUCH improved from his Tottenham performance but still a little faulty on the defensive side. He looked a menace going forward and delivered some nice crosses.
Fernandinho – 8.5
An excellent performance AGAIN by the Brazilian — who like the other stand-out David Silva — isn’t letting age weigh him down. Tenacious, tireless and too good for his United counterparts. Tested De Gea with a decent long distance effort.
Bernardo Silva – 8
He’s often played really well without a key statistic to back it up but today he notched up 2 assists in the Manchester derby. What makes Bernardo extra loveable is with the flair and skill comes an incredible work ethic and he’s always doing his defensive duties.
David Silva – 9 (Man of the Match)
At the age of 32, I think this may be David Silva’s best. ‘El Mago’ ran the midfield against United’s bully boys and was involved in many of the key moves, scoring City’s opener. He’s scored in his last 3 appearances for City now and is finding the net much easier than he ever has before in sky blue.
Riyad Mahrez – 6.5
Flashes here and there but Mahrez was the lesser of City’s attackers today with his final ball sometimes letting him down. That said he linked up with Aguero for City’s second goal, showing his creative qualities.
Raheem Sterling – 7
A constant menace to Man U’s defence but sometimes he let himself down at the last moment. His decision making is possibly the biggest weakness left in his game after he’s become a much better overall player.
Sergio Aguero – 8
So often the bane of United and he went level with Wayne Rooney on 8 Manchester derby goals today. Like Silva, we’re seeing improvements in Aguero’s overall play even after turning 30 — proof that you never stop learning under Pep Guardiola.
Leroy Sané – 6.5
He gave United some headaches after coming on in a decent 25 plus minutes.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
So often a scapegoat, Gundogan has a thing for delivering big moments and his goal calmed the nerves that had been building and sealed a 3-1 win.
Phil Foden – N/A
A very late cameo but showed some nice footwork and skills.