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Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United: Player ratings as the Red Devils slip further behind in the top-four race

Manchester City recovered from a one-goal deficit to beat Manchester United 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford’s thunderbolt strike in the eighth minute sparked life into the Manchester derby.

The hosts dominated the ball possession, but Erling Braut Haaland wasted a glorious chance at the stroke of half-time to put Man City level.

Phil Foden matched Rashford’s wonder goal with a sumptuous curling strike to level the score. 

He scored again in the 80th minute to put City ahead before Haaland added his name on the scoresheet in injury time courtesy of sloppiness from Sofyan Amrabat.

Man United remain in sixth spot, 11 points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa. Let’s get into some player ratings.

Player Ratings

Andre Onana – 8/10

The 27-year-old made great saves in the first half to deny Foden and Rodri. His long pass to Bruno Fernandes was pivotal for Rashford’s goal.

He should have done better for Foden’s second goal.

Diogo Dalot – 7/10

The full-back continued his impressive form by keeping Jeremy Doku quiet.

Raphael Varane – 9/10

Varane showed that he is United’s best centre-back. He put on a defensive masterclass and kept Haaland in his pocket.

Jonny Evans – 8/10

Just like Varane, Evans was robust at the back and played a crucial role in keeping City at bay.

United’s defence lost compactness when he was substituted.

Victor Lindelof – 3/10

Lindelof was the weakest link in the visitors’ defence and was targeted by City’s attack.

He was guilty of giving Foden too much room for his goals.

Casemiro – 5/10

Foden bypassed Casemiro with ease for his second strike. He looked tired in the second half after giving his all in the first 45 minutes.

Kobbie Mainoo – 6/10

Mainoo produced a disciplined display but was surprisingly taken off for Amrabat.

Scott McTominay – 6/10

McTominay worked tirelessly out of possession but did little with the ball.

Bruno Fernandes – 7/10

The midfielder did well against Ruben Dias to hold the ball and laid off perfectly for the opener.

Alejandro Garnacho – 5/10

The youngster struggled to impact the game and didn’t offer much of an attacking threat.

Marcus Rashford – 7/10  

Rashford answered his critics with an astonishing shot from 25 yards. He had a couple more half chances to double United’s lead in the first half but failed to get a clear connection.

It looked like he was too conscious of Kyle Walker and didn’t try to take him on.


Willy Kambwala – 5/10

The 19-year-old replaced Evans and was handed the role of a right-back. He looked far from comfortable against a world-class attack.

Antony – 1/10

INEOS must sack Erik ten Hag if he does not stop his obsession with Antony.

The Brazilian’s first contribution was an offside run followed by giving the ball twice in quick succession.

Sofyan Amrabat – 1/10

Amrabat gifted Haaland a goal on a plate. He does not deserve a permanent contract at United.

Omari Forson – N/A

Too late to rate.