ARTICLES Match Reports

Player Ratings: Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City

Deja vu. Even in their form, Manchester City coming to Manchester United was always going to be difficult for the home side. So it showed. The more you saw of the performance today, the more you began to see that last week was probably more to do with it being the problems of Nuno Espírito Santo’s tenure at Tottenham than a new dawn for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United. It is becoming increasingly difficult to describe the repetitiveness of poor performances that have characterized the season.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea – 5/10

In the first half, he was brilliant – making save after save from close range. He couldn’t do much about Bailly’s first goal as it goes in but he could’ve done better in keeping out Bernardo Silva’s effort.

Defence

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 3/10

Provided little to no attacking width in the few times United were on the ball and defensively he was poor in his positional play – João Cancelo and Phil Foden were giving him constant problems throughout with one-twos and just the odd skip past.

Eric Bailly – 2/10

At fault for Citys first goal with poor positioning and was made to pay with his own goal. It was a generally poor defensive display and was taken off at half-time for it.

Victor Lindelöf – 2/10

Similar to Bailly, poor positionally throughout the game – getting caught out and not sorting his feet with crosses and this was seen when he nearly scored an own goal and did little to offer an outlet from buildup which just invited mire pressure from City.

Harry Maguire – 2.5/10

Another player who looked lost defensively, and was also to blame for City’s second goal the lack of authority shown to just headed the lofted cross away then leave to his teammate was worrying.

Luke Shaw – 3.5/10

He was less of a suspect defensively unlike his other full-back pairing but like Aaron Wan-Bissaka he failed to provide his usual attacking threat apart form when he carved a good chance from a cross to Ronaldo that saw a volley saved.

Midfield

Scott McTominay – 1/10

Same old from the Scot – he got about the pitch with tenacity and intensity but his all his pressing did was leave space for City’s attacking midfielders to play in and didn’t help with half-hearted challenges added with a lack of quality on the ball offered no link from defense to attack.

Fred – 1/10

Almost identical performance to McTominay was his typical energetic self but again all his pressing did was leave space for City to attack in when in the transition. Multiple occasions where he cheaply gave away the ball which just plied on the onslaught of attacking pressure from City.

Bruno Fernandes – 1.5/10

Was one of many victims of the lack of possession, but still doesn’t excuse his poor ball retention and just a lackluster display from a player who’s already looking mentally and physically fatigued only 3 months into the season.

Forwards

Mason Greenwood – 1.5/10

Non-existent throughout the game like many in the frontline with the lack of sustained attacks if any and was subbed off midway through the second half.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 2/10

Ronaldo’s disappointment was evident. The only chance he had was a volley straight down the middle of the goal and that was the only chance provided for the Portuguese all game.

Substitutes

Jadon Sancho – 2/10

The former City academy graduate came on at half-time and was meant to be the substitution that added some attacking spark to United’s play but all he spent most of the second half defending in his own half than in the opposition.

Marcus Rashford – 1/10

His exclusion was surprising for a player whos a such a good record in this fixture but he had 8 touches and made 4 passes and that sums up his cameo, to say the least.

Alex Telles – 2/10

Subbed on after Luke Shaw’s injury and looked good in his first 5 minutes providing the energy that Shaw lacked but that all fizzled away.

Donny van de Beek – 2/10

Felt more like a substitution to cheer up the fans and less of a tactical one and that’s pretty much sums up the Dutchman time under Solskjær – lack of trust or belief between the pair and the player is probably still only at the club because of the affection shown by the fans towards the van de Beek during his time at the club.

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