Manchester United went into the reverse fixture of the Manchester derby this season with mixed emotions.
The team has not been losing in the league since Ralf Rangnick’s appointment, but still, the feeling around the club has been somewhat bittersweet. It just doesn’t feel like United are heading in the direction that they are supposed to be steering in and confidence within the fan base was certainly lacking, to say the least.
In the end, the worries were warranted as Manchester City — directed by the spectacular Kevin De Bruyne — waltzed all over Rangnick’s Reds at the Etihad, coming away with a comprehensive and dominant 4-1 victory and reaffirming their spot at the league’s summit.
David de Gea – 6
Couldn’t do much for the City goals and had a couple of big saves when the game was within reach. Let down by his back line time and time again.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 3
A promising first half followed by a calamitous second. The hosts did everything they pleased down his side, causing United problem after problem.
Victor Lindelof – 3
Not an assured display from the Swede. Was caught in no man’s land for City’s second and was by no means a pillar in the side today.
Harry Maguire – 3
Very poor performance by United’s captain. Slow and static, almost anonymous at times and one step behind every City forward for all of their goals.
Alex Telles – 3.5
Probably the best of United’s defenders but that’s more out of pity rather than genuine praise. City just had more success attacking the opposite flank. The Brazilian looked bright at time going forward in the first half, defensively no better than his teammates.
Scott McTominay – 3
Invisible for large parts of the game. Completely failed to establish himself in the midfield battle and City walked all over United as a result.
Fred – 5
One of United’s better performers simply because he tried to throw himself about. Largely unsuccessful in possession in the final third but tried to provide a spark in the engine room.
Paul Pogba – 5
The Frenchman’s rating would be lower if not for his assist for the equalizer. An uncharacteristically anonymous 65 minutes considering his increased attacking role away from the double pivot.
Bruno Fernandes – 3
A very poor performance by the Portuguese talisman’s standards. Completely overshadowed by his City counterpart De Bruyne. Decision making, weight of pass, attacking intent were off all night.
Anthony Elanga – 5
Ran his socks off for as long as he stayed on the pitch but didn’t have a real lasting influence on the game.
Jadon Sancho – 6.5
An excellently taken goal for United’s equalizer against his former club and the only real spark of hope United had all game. Completely taken out of the game in the second half as City dominated.
Jesse Lingard – N/a
Marcus Rashford – N/a